There are various magazines which offer lists for competetions. Some
aRe: American Craft, Sculpture (a personal favorite) and Metalsmith
Mag. I am sure there are more, but I use these quite a bit. If you
are a member of ISC (International Sculpture Society), their monthly
magazine has a separate insert which lists all kinds of competetions
for members only.
I found three great shows from these magazines, applied and got into
You can’t always have work ready for the kind of show that is out
there, sometimes the slides you have are good enough to give an
indication to the juror of the work you will build for the show. This
is the case of a show in the current issue of Metalsmith Magazine for
the Yaw Gallery. It’s called 101 Rings. They don’t need to see the
ring you are building, but want slides which show the level of
craftsmanship I am capable of creating.
And sometimes I don’t make the show in time, but I made the work
anyway. This was the case for a show called “Out on a Limb”. It was
for artist birdhouses and even though I didn’t make the show, I built
a photoetched bird house of bird migration maps. After slides were
taken, I found out about a sculpture competetion and got into that
It would be good if there were a central place that art competetions
could be listed and if this something you could pursue and publicize,
I’m sure that people would be interested.
Sometimes I wonder if all the expense is worth another line on my
resume., but with any marketing, you have to be persistent. And in
the end, it pays off. I finished a cod for Boston’s Cavalcade of Cod
which are now up for auction. http://www.orbidex.com/cod/gallery.asp
I heard about this competetion from a friend and pursued the entry.
This was by far the largest piece I have worked on, and enjoyed every
minute of the experience.
What has worked well for me is to keep my ears open and to let people
know that I want to enter competetions. Someone eventually calls me
and says, “hey, I heard of this great jewelry competetion…”, and I’m
ready. Also, have your slides ready and organized. You never know
when that call will come.