At The Delaplaine 2009 Regional Juried Exhibit, which ran from June 6th to July 19th, the FCAA was well represented by Craig Caven (3 pieces), Scott Grove (1 piece), Christine Hahn (2 pieces), Patrick Hiatt (2 pieces), Tom Kozar (1 piece) and Cindy Stegle (3 pieces).
Of the 28 artists selected for this exhibit, 6 are members of our organization. Of the 48 pieces in the show, 12 were done by our artists. This is a respectable percentage which we would like to see increased next year.
In the past, many of us have submitted work that was not selected, which can be discouraging, but we must keep trying. The time to create and prepare work for next year's exhibit is now. The entering of any exhibit, especially a prestigious one like the Delaplaine, benefits from months (or years) of planning, creating and preparing. We are planning some workshops on this process which should be helpful to newcomers. Hopefully it will also rev up some of the oldtimers--if not, we can contribute our sage advice.
The philosophy of a juried show depends a great deal on the current jurist and changes some from year to year, so there is no way to know in advance exactly what they will be looking for. However, this kind of show always differs from our own members' shows where we accept work from every member who wishes to exhibit.
The 2009 Delaplaine Regional was a bit unusual in that they selected a relatively few number of artists with up to 3 pieces from each. There was great diversity among the 28 artists in regard to subject matter and medium. We were told that the jurist selected the work without knowing the names of the artists, although it would have been obvious that certain pieces were done by the same artist.
The 2010 jurist may be looking for your special kind of work, so plan to enter!