Submitted by Vivian Orr, SCC Communications and Publications Coordinator
|Premier’s Prize Award for the Outstanding Entry in DIMENSIONS – Annemarie Buchmann-Gerber|
- What does it mean to be a juror?
- How are jurors selected?
- What qualifies someone to be a juror, especially for DIMENSIONS?
- How do the personal biases of a juror affect the selection process?
- Would the pieces selected for DIMENSIONS be different if there were another set of jurors?
- What process did this year’s jurors use to decide?
- How can we improve the DIMENSIONS process?
- How can we give artists who have submitted work more opportunity for one-on-one with the jurors?
In response to some of the discussions, the SCC is now considering several ideas for the next DIMENSIONS exhibition.
- Allow only one submission per person. Will this result in higher quality work because individual artists will have to jury their potential submissions in advance?
- By reducing the number of submissions there may be an opportunity for jurors to have short, one-on-one talks with the artists. Will this make approaching a juror less stressful and result in a meaningful critique and improve the work by the artist?
- Keep the names of the jurors secret until after the jurying session. Will this prevent artists from tweaking their work to appeal to specific juror’s tastes or aesthetics?
At the end of the day DIMENSIONS is one of the very few juried exhibitions where the jurors have the privilege and enjoyment of viewing the work in person (not just from digital images). We are fortunate to have the opportunity to have our work judged by our peers in the Fine Craft world.
Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.