Jurying art into a member co-op art gallery

One of the responsibilities of membership in a member co-op art gallery like Amapola is jurying art.Who gets in? Why? It’s not a simple answer.Amapola member art gallery is home to a variety of artists.

If, say, a potter is what we need to round membership out, a potter is who we’ll jury in, although other artists may be juried in for the waiting list.

Jurying takes place when the members meet to carry out gallery business which happens five or six times per year. At Amapola, we try not to favor any one style. What we look for in the several pieces each prospect brings in are competence in execution, creativity, a background or education in art and some art sales experience.

If a potter brings in mugs, are the lips smooth? Are the bottoms of all pots smooth or will they scratch? Is the glaze well and completely applied?

With paintings, we look for competent framing, colors that are clear and not muddy, the ability to draw and render scenes meant to be realistic, the overall “flow” of compositions.

Personality counts too. If one of us has knowledge of someone’s general demeanor, we consider that. We take turns working here. It can be an annoying commitment and some applicants seem to lack a “cooperative” gene which is a must.

It can be tricky to jury art. In the end, what it boils down to is creativity and competence.

Our decisions are based on our opinions. We always hope we’re correct.

If you want to consider membership in our co-op gallery, we suggest the following:

1. Download and complete an application from our website 

2. Provide complete details about yourself and your art

3. Deliver your application and a picture or two of your art to the gallery. (NOTE: This gives you an opportunity to tour the gallery and compare your work with that of member artists. In addition, you can see if you know any of the current member artists.)

4. A curator will contact you about your application, discuss any openings, tell you of meeting dates and ask you to make samples of your art available for the meeting

5. That’s the extent of your work. The rest? The rest is up to the jurying efforts of the membership.

Jurying art into a member co-op gallery requires forethought and planning. It’s not for everyone. If you want to submit your art for consideration into Amapola, a  Member Co-op Art Gallery, we encourage you to begin the process with our membership application.

After a lifetime batting words around like shuttlecocks in an endless game of badminton, it is a pleasure to use them to promote Old Town and my fellow artists at Amapola Gallery. –Kristin Parrott, carver, painter and acorn stuffer


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