2020 Regional Juried Online Show
Welcome to the online 2020 Regional Juried Show, juried by Ruth Greene-McNally, Curator and Collections Manager, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine. Click on the image to view work details, learn more about the artist, or purchase. Award winners and juror comments are also noted here.
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Juror Show Statement:
One of the most rewarding but challenging tasks asked of arts professionals is to jury a show. Within a short time span, a juror is asked to make hundreds of decisions. Is this work in? Is this work out? Does this work merit an award? Which work, among this diverse range of media deserves to be called “the best?” There is no rule book and the process, while adhering to specific criteria, is somewhat subjective. Another juror might choose differently or challenge selections. If I had been able to jury on-site rather than online, I might have chosen slightly differently. Direct observation is the juror’s best tool. Ultimately, a juror comes equipped with a sum of artistic knowledge and experience, including an understanding of art history, composition and design; an appreciation of a wide range of styles, media, and materials; and an eye for imagery that manages to communicate to the viewer. Dare I say, a “gut response” is part of a juror’s toolbox.
Jurying is stimulating and exhausting. There were 512 submissions, which says more about your community’s creative vibrancy, bravery, and dedication. Forced to limit the number of selections to 145, I pushed the limit and selected 149 pieces. I also chose 36 objects for honorable mention simply because the work commanded my attention and needed to be acknowledged. Art in the time of Coronavirus commands more committed levels of attention in addition to new kinds of “performance” in the realities of online exhibitions. Nevertheless, the experience of viewing art, regardless of our access is valuable now more than ever.
There were several elements and factors that I took into consideration. I looked at craftsmanship, technical skill, and presentation. I ask myself, is the piece well executed? I consider composition, subject matter, and medium. I try to find the emotions, the mood, the message. I ask myself, has the artist pushed boundaries, broken rules, taken risks, or tried something different, yet I own that rule-breaking and innovation are not half as important as work that is sincerely, earnestly, and authentically realized. To me, this is what makes a work of art essential and honorable.
I would like the Newburyport Art Association member to know that I found eliminating work to be challenging. I was impressed by the diversity of medium and styles that I observed as an outside witness to the culture of NAA. I want to congratulate the artists whose work was admitted to the show. I want to encourage the artists who were not accepted to continue to advance their artistry. The jury process is not an exact science and it is not kind, but it is a time-honored method for artists to measure their progress. I encourage artists to continue to submit works to shows such as this one and to continue to give your attention to other organization’s exhibitions, both art associations, galleries, and museums. We are all artists and teachers and we learn from one another! Finally, I want to thank the Association for the invitation to jury this show. I hope that it will not be long before we are able to meet again in the galleries.