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ARE JURIED SHOWS A ROLL OF THE DICE?
We have all heard it said that if your favorite work is not accepted in one juried show, it could very well be
accepted by another one because of different judges, different viewpoints, different values, different attitudes.
There could be a spark of truth in that statement given judges of varied educational backgrounds, but what
happens when you have a group of judges, all holding advanced degrees in the fine arts? Since our first hosted
show we have endeavored to answer that question. Here is what we found:
Based on five objective judging categories, each category being equally weighted, we found an 85% agreement
among jury members of what art was to be accepted into a particular show. The judges did not know which art
they were viewing was part of this study, nor did they collaborate with each other. In other words, there
appeared to be a degree of confidence that opinions based on consistent and verifiable data gave reliable and
Is there a possibility that a successful artist who is self taught but lacks an advanced fine arts degree could
provide the same evaluative objectivity? Sure. All we are saying is that art evaluations based on scholarly
research and previous directed study negate the roll-of-the-dice statement; that you have greater judging
reliability and validity when all the judges have a common touchstone of reference.
The art you enter into any of our shows is judged by our professional staff The outcome is not based on chance.
We use a well designed analytical model that was employed in our 85% reliability studies. Here is what we
Color/Value Usage; Design/Composition; Content; Originality; Technique
We use this analytical model when studying each entry, accepting only those works that meet the highest
criteria. If your work is not accepted we refer you to the evaluation so you can keep improving and try again.
It's helpful to know the areas that jurists consider important for acceptance into our shows. This knowledge can
be a guide in self evaluation and can aid in your submission selections.
To dismiss such evaluations as a "roll of the dice" is akin to placing a hold on your artistic growth.
For further reading we recommend the link to Professor Mark Gordon's article, "Response to the Artwork" which
was written for AJAS.