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Friday, September 07, 2018

You Have to Enter to Ride! 4 Reasons to Enter a Juried Exhibition

'Late Afternoon Show'          24x36          pastel         ©Karen Margulis
available $500
You have to enter to ride! And now is the best time of your life to do it. (nod to Disney's Carousel of Progress) The world of juried exhibitions can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are many ups and downs and many highs and lows.  But entering juried shows has helped make me a better artist!

A few years ago I entered an International juried exhibition.  I entered what I felt was my best work at the time. I picked some of my personal favorites. But you just never know what will resonate with the juror. My top favorite was not accepted but two others were! I am always prepared for rejection. That way I am not quite as disappointed if I don't get a painting accepted. And I have discovered over time that when you don't get through one door....there is another one waiting for you....the ups and downs of being an artist. So I keep trying even when things don't go my way.

Don't let the fear of rejection stop you from trying!  There is a lot to be gained from entering juried exhibitions.  Entering shows has helped me become a better artist!  How?

  • It motivates me and gives me a goal...a reason to work hard and paint enough so that my work continues to grow. The first year I began painting I went to the SPS exhibition. I was inspired and awed at the wonderful pastel work. I decided I would work hard to get better and eventually get in that show. It wasn't my only goal but it was a big one...and it helped push me to paint everyday.(I did get in that next show)
  • It validates  me as an artist. Some of us don't need validation. But some of us find it helpful. If we are recognized by our peers and have someone say we painted helps motivate us to do more. Even if you don't have your work accepted just going through the process makes it all real. 
  • It helps me get out and meet other artists.  Art can be a lonely business. I love my alone time in the studio but I enjoy sharing with other artists. Joining art groups and entering shows gets me out of the studio and has allowed me to meet the most amazing people.
  • It makes me stronger....whether accepted or not ...entering a show and going through the process puts me on that roller coaster.  I have learned to adjust and deal with the ups and downs and how to make the best of the ride. Just remember you have to enter to ride! 

These are the two paintings that were accepted. The winter painting was awarded second place. It definitely was worth entering the show!

The 33rd Juried Exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies will be exhibited on the IAPS website. This is an online show so no work needs to be shipped! The deadline to enter is September 15th so enter now! The prospectus is available on the IAPS website
Remember you can't have a painting accepted if you don't enter!


Unknown said...

Thank you for the nudge! I took your advice from a previous post and set a mini goal to get entered into a juried show. I chose a local one and entered 3 paintings, one of which got accepted. Although I am nervous, I plan to enter this one. I follow you both and here and patreon and value so much your lessons and expertise. Kim Hunter

Jim said...

'Late Afternoon Show' 24x36 - This one is a winner, just beautiful and serene, love it. Nice to see a larger painting. This is one of my favorites. Enjoy seeing your work every day. Thank you!

Debbie Nolan said...

Thank you for all your lovely posts Karen. I have watched several of your You tube videos. You share so much. I am playing around with pastels and enjoying them. You inspire me. Thanks again.