When a show calls for 4 slides, would it be permissable to have
one or two of these slides be of a grouping?
Hi Annette. I think it depends on the shows you're applying to. If
they're high end, juried craft shows (like ACC, Philadelphia,
Smithsonian), I wouldn't advise it even if the show prospectus
doesn't expressly forbid it (and some do). The main reasons are 1) a
grouping of pieces on one slide won't easily register in the 10
seconds that a jury has to view your 4 or 5 slides; 2) it can be
distracting; 3) the individual pieces in the grouping will be too
relatively small to be comprehensible; 4) it isn't accepted practice.
The main exception is if the grouping is of a set (necklace and
matching earrings, for instance). If it's not a juried show but one
where the promoter makes the decisions, then it's less critical; but
as a general rule, each slide should contain a single piece which is
maximized in the frame (no dead space around the image). Your four
or five slides projected simultaneously on a screen should be
sufficient to show cohesiveness of design -- your "voice."