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Friday, May 18, 2018

Advice for Surviving A Juried Art Exhibition

'Garden Party'         9x12       pastel       ©Karen Margulis
currently on exhibition at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

You have probably heard it before. A painting that was rejected for one show gets in another prestigious exhibition. Or a painting that doesn't win an award wins Best in Show in another exhibition. It happens. I've had something like this happen.  So if your painting was rejected or you don't get a prize it is helpful to keep this in mind. It might ease the sting a little.

I have been rejected from many shows over the years. I have had paintings accepted and not won a prize. ( I am always happy just to get in though) It can be an emotional roller coaster and it can really get you down if you let it. I usually allow myself a day to feel disappointment but then I put those feelings aside and concentrate on becoming a better artist. It is all a part of the growth process.

This week is the opening reception for the Southeastern Pastel Society's 18th International Exhibition. There are some fantastic paintings in the show and many more great paintings that didn't get in. Some will win awards and some will not. A juried show is full of ups and downs for everyone. Sometimes the whole process of entering, rejection, winning, and not winning can seem overwhelming .

I happened to come upon this quote today which is a good one to keep in mind for those who are entering or are considering entering juried shows.

" Prizes are nice, but the real competition is with yesterday's performance."     Irwin Greenberg

Prizes can be acceptance into a show as well as prizes given at the show.Both are nice but they are not a measure of your success as an artist.  Competition can be good if you can keep the ultimate prize in mind....your own personal growth as an artist. Be the best artist you can be at the moment and the rest will fall into place.


Pepa García Rodríguez said...

Wonderful advice Karen. Thanks for your art!!!

Kevin Quattlebaum said...


Joan Norris said...

Beautiful! Which King of Frame frame is that on the lower pastel?

Karen said...

Thanks! I’m sorry but it’s been a few years and I don’t remember! I didn’t write it down!

Bernadette said...

Recently I entered a show and was surprised to win first and third place in different catagories. Yes, I was very pleased. Still as I walked through the show, I saw many beautiful works. It made me think.....Another judge would have chosen different winners. I was humbled.
For me, this experience shows me that I need to continue, no matter the outcome. Painting, framing and exhibiting helps me to improve. Appreciating the work of others also teaches me to try different subjects and even medium. I cannot quit.