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Jury Duty

The work of jurying is, to be sure, a job of evaluation. When viewing a work, a juror will consider the artist’s handling of color, value and composition, and assess how well an artist utilized the medium, the level of draftsmanship and the painting’s overall presentation. Although not easy, this initial review is, in fact, the less demanding part of the work of jurying. Much harder is what comes next—after narrowing down the entries that have succeeded by these foregoing criteria. From this point on, the process takes on more subjectivity. Now a juror is determining which pieces have the most impact; which demonstrate a level of sophistication or originality that sets them apart; and which—for whatever reason—grab one’s attention and won’t let go.

A wise artist once told me that he would probably never judge a show the same way two days in a row. That is to say that there’s it may not be exactly the same from one day to the next.

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