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Judges, Jurying & Awards at Art Festivals

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Congratulations, you are ready to go at one of "the biggies." Now the tension builds as the judges approach your booth. Will you win an award? Will you be reinvited (the biggest award of all)? Building continuity at one of the top shows is one of the secrets of success in the art fair business.

  • We discuss how judges are chosen for the application jury and if those same jurors are the "street jury." 
  • Are the identities of the judges published in advance?
  • What directions are these street jurors given in choosing the winners?
  • Do they jury secretly? Do they introduce themselves to the artists?
  • What happens when the weather or crowds interferes with the judges viewing?
  • Should a show rotate the award winners from one year to the next?

Our guests will be Sharon McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers in Florida, Rick Bryant, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and Les Slesnick an art fair industry advocate and former art fair exhibitor.

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