Not only that, but these slides don't actually work very well
to get me into the good shows, which I confess baffles me.
First of all, your work is beautiful and without a doubt the equal
of work I have seen at ACC shows and the like. Secondly, your slides
are fine: well-lit, in focus and AD very important for jury slides AD
the images are upfront (by which I mean they take up most of the
frame without unnecessary background showing).
So what’s the problem? I have two thoughts here. One is that
jurying with your wonderful “It’s a chair! It’s a pin! No, it’s a
pair of earrings!” slide (and the equally delightful “Rainy Day”) is
problematic. The jury won’t understand what they’re looking at
(including the scale, since it could easily be 8" tall for all they
know). The descriptions that you’re asked for on the application
form are rarely available to the jury so that’ s no help. The way
this is handled differs from show to show; some read the description
of just the first slide to the jury while others may allow the jurors
to request descriptions, but you can’t depend on this.
So what to do? Either don’t use these slides to jury with (sorry!)
or get in touch with Jane Campbell, who makes fabulous boxes that
come apart into pieces of jewelry, and see how she does it (I have
seen her at ACC shows). The most recent contact info I can find on
her is from 2000: 228 Church St., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403,
814-398-8687. Don’t be shy about calling: In my experience, the
vast majority of artists are glad to help.
The second possibility is one that I struggle with constantly myself
AD choosing a group of slides that look good together and present a
coherent style and vision. When you create a diverse body of work,
this can be difficult. For instance, while there is a stylistic
relationship between “Granny’s Porch” and “Take the Long View,” it’s
also conceivable that these two pieces could have been created by
two different people. On the other hand, “Take the Long View” and
"Cross Country" are clearly the work of the same artist and they
would look great side by side on a big screen.
And that’s the best I can offer except to say that you’ll get there.
Your work is first rate so keep trying! I applied to ACC shows for
3 years before I finally got in and even then I didn’t make it every
year. No matter how good your set of slides, it’s still a crap shoot
to some extent and you can’t take it personally. Hope this helps.