Monday, December 20, 2010

Jury Preparation for Visual Artists (and craftspeople too!)

Over the last few weeks, I've been working with the Guelph Arts Council to organize a panel discussion that would assist visual artists...but where oh where to begin? Marketing, sales, finances, health & safety? 


Clearly, there's a need to address all of the above, but we decided to start here:


Guelph Arts Council and MSAC present
Jury Preparation for Visual Artists

NEW DATE: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7-9pm
MSAC Lecture Room
358 Gordon Street, Guelph

FREE (Pre-registration is mandatory. Call 519-836-3280 or email gac@sentex.net)


I've sat on numerous juries and after being on the receiving end of the 'why didn't I get accepted' question, I thought a panel discussion on jury duty would be a great place to start. Let's dispell a few myths.  Let's address the questions that artists fear to ask.  Let's put the best of the best together to share their experiences and put artists at ease.  There's no reason why you shouldn't apply to a juried show or complete a grant application because of lack of knowledge or understanding.


We've got a stellar lineup of speakers and the workshop will be completely and absolutely free. Simply contact the Guelph Arts Council if you're interested in attending.


Artists and craftspeople from all disciplines are encouraged to attend this free and engaging workshop that will demystify the ever-so-fearful "Juried Application" process. Is my artist statement appropriate? Will the jury like my photos? Should my grant application contain the same information as my exhibition application?


Participants will hear from a knowledgeable panel of industry experts, and will have the opportunity to interact with fellow makers, share experiences and swap business cards. The following speakers will be present:


Greg Holman (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition)
Greg is the Exhibition Coordinator for the TOAE. During his 25-year award-winning photography career, Greg produced international, national and regional advertising campaigns in Canada and the USA, and has exhibited his work in both Canada and Europe. Greg has assisted with key exhibitions including Ken Danby’s “Land, Water and Light”.


Lisa Wöhrle (Ontario Arts Council)
Lisa is the OAC’s Associate Visual Arts and Crafts Officer. She has also held positions in the areas of granting policy, administration and communication. Lisa has an Honours B.A. in Art and Art History from McMaster University.


Valerie Roy (One of a Kind Show)
Valerie is the Bilingual Exhibitor Relations & Recruitment Manager for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. She deals directly with artists and craftspeople on a daily basis and has sat on juries for both the Spring and Christmas Shows, along with One of a Kind Vancouver.


Verne Harrison (Macdonald Stewart Art Centre)
Verne is the Gallery Coordinator at MSAC and an exhibiting artist. Verne was co-founder of the first student art gallery at University of Western Ontario, co-founder/coordinator of London’s Temporary City Gallery, co-founder/coordinator of AGOG Visual Arts and Media in Guelph, and has worked as the Education Assistant and Installation Supervisor of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. He relocated to Guelph in 1992 to take the position of Preparator at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre which was then expanded to Gallery Coordinator in 1997, a position he still holds today.


Mary Calarco (Ontario Crafts Council)
I sit on the Board of Directors for the Guelph Arts Council and am the Southwestern Regional Coordinator for the Ontario Crafts Council. Before working for the OCC, I was the Marketing/Web Coordinator for the One of a Kind Show between 2001-2010.  I've sat on fine art/contemporary craft juries in both Canada and the USA. I'm an OCAD grad, artist and resident of Guelph and I'm thrilled to be acting as moderator for this discussion.

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