Beth, I was duped into the “Emerging Artists Competetion” when I was
graduating from art school. They were the Slowiniski Gallery a few
years ago, at the edge of SoHo. I eagerly sent in my $25 slathering
at the propsect of being picked up by a gallery in NYC. I was
chosen as a “finalist”, which translated into space on their website.
It just so happened that I was in NYC during the Emerging Artist
show, so I thought I would pop into the gallery and check out the
work. Their website showed what looked like a rather nice gallery.
When I actually saw the physical space, it was about 150 sq ft.,
tops. There was a sum total of seven paintings on the wall and one
sculpture. I believe they only had one pedestal to display 3D work.
No cases, no other pedestals, no wall mounts. I truly believe I was
in the midst of a total scam.
After a couple of weeks, I called the gallery to inquire about my
website presence and had casually asked how many entries had their
show received. There was a long pause and finally, “I dunno.” Any
reputable gallery would be able to tell me these numbers.
Slowiniski uses this guise to pay the rent on his space, fuel his
website costs and his fancy color directory. Fair enough, this is
solid marketing in my book. But what bothers me, is that he is
using the title “Emerging Artists”, to drag in newbies and marketing
his show by admitting all media. He has no space to show "all media"
and his space is primarly a gallery for painters. In my opinion, he
does great disservice to 3D artists.
Also, in any decent show, you get a list of the jurors. Who is
jurying this show? I honestly believe he is not even bothering to
project the received slides.
Stay away from this guy. There are other excellent competetions out
there where your $30 could be better spent.
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