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All You Ever Wanted to Know about an Art Fair Jury

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Art Fairs

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The two most important things about earning a living in the art fair business:

  1. Getting into the event
  2. Having work that people will buy once you're there 

Co-host, Cindy Lerick, joins Connie Mettler for a nuts and bolts discussion about the jury process for art festivals. Cindy is one of the only show directors who has managed 4 major shows, Uptown in Minneapolis, Main Street in Fort Worth, the Saint Louis Art Fair and the Sausalito Arts Festivals. In addition for many years she has traveled to event's juries for ZAPP to be a Tech help.

There are many variables from show to show. Most show directors don’t know how others shows run their jury. Some have plenty of discussion, some have none, some have no directions given to the jurors. Scoring systems, projection, length of time, selection of jurors, there is no standard. We'll explore some of these variances.

A few topics we'll address:

  • What is the difference between a projection jury and monitor jury?
  • How the jury ties into the show's look
  • Who is the competition?
  • Are the jurors the same from year to year?
  • Do show directors jury their own show?

We'll take questions from you.