would like to submit something for an exhibit and maybe the
Letter Arts Review Annual. Do you have any suggestions about
what I should submit and how to prepare the artwork for a juried
first person who came to mind when this question came up was
Marsha Brady. She has been a juror for the Letter Arts Review
Annual and I knew she would have very valuable advice on this
subject. I also found the Spring and Summer 1990 issues of Calligraphy
Review which has comments from the jurors about the work submitted
for magazine review.
juried exhibits: It's a good idea to know who the jurors are
and then create a piece that is in the style that person or
persons would appreciate. Now that seems contrived but the reality
of the situation is that it gives you a better chance of being
accepted. Submit your best work. Present it in the best way
possible. Mat and frame it well. If it's a great piece but presented
in a shabby way it can be the reason it is eliminated. The framing
doesn't have to be expensive, but well done. Look at the piece
you are submitting does it have harmony? Is there unity in all
the elements? Does the over all look go with the words that
you are trying to express? Have you done your best lettering?
If you can say YES to these questions then you should go ahead
and submit the piece. If it is chosen for the exhibit, it will
be a joy, if it is not, then you know you did your best. This
doesn't mean that piece and another juror rejects it. Sometimes
your piece isn't keeping with the "show" as a whole.
It's a very subjective process. This is all part of the life
of an artist. You have to start somewhere. But if you never
submit anything, you can be SURE nothing will be in a show.
Besides, people start to remember your work if it shows up for
things all the time.
magazine subscriptions: Take very good slides or transparencies
of your work. Professional photography helps. Even the most
wonderful work shown on a bad slide, will not be selected. Send
close ups so the juror can see the lettering and detail that
might sway them to your piece. Take the pictures before the
glass is put on so the work shows without reflection. Don't
send a crumped old Xerox copy, or a snapshot from a distance,
this conveys to the judges that you are not very professional
and have little respect for the competition and your own work.
If a copy is appropriate, then mat and flat it, that will show
that you take your work seriously. It doesn't hurt to send a
little explanation with the submission. State the original size
and purpose and any other information that the juror might find
helpful in understanding what the piece is all about. Pack it
all up well, so that it arrives in good shape and can be seen
at its best advantage.
all, start submitting your work and getting the experience you
need. Sometimes it gets in and sometimes it doesn't.