I read a while ago in a newsletter for a different art form that
the newsletter editor applied to 24 shows a year (gallery type
shows) to get into the number she wants to get into.
I used to apply to maybe 12 shows to do 8 or 9. In recent years, the
worsening economy has apparently caused people to need to do more
shows to earn the same money, and some who had stopped doing outdoor
shows to resume (Tom Mann said he is one of these). So shows are
harder and harder to get into.
Last year, I applied to two dozen shows, and got into 6.
This year, I am only doing four shows. How many I applied to depends
on whether you count American Craft as one or several (one
application and score, 5 or 6 rejections). I cut back on
applications, though. For next year, I am cutting back even more,
and doing more teaching. While my sales at shows I get into continue
to increase, it is even harder to get accepted.
A grim picture.