Jury Process for Gallery and Retail Artists
The Haywood County Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2022 & 2023 gallery shows. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 3, 2021.
Jury Process Workshop: Wednesday, July 28 at 10:00 am at the HCAC Gallery – Upstairs Board Room
Jury Process Guidelines
It is the goal of the Haywood County Arts Council to continue to support and promote local artists and those in the Southern Appalachian Mountain Region* through exhibitions in our gallery space and sales in our retail space as well as engage and educate our community through the arts. The purpose of the jury is to gather a body of experts in various media to lend a discerning eye to the work submitted and ensure that we continue to elevate the quality of artwork we offer our community, as well as choose work for sale in the gallery space that will support the endeavors of the HCAC and the artists with whom we work.
The jury will be gathered from the local community of artists, educators, experts and enthusiasts.
- The jury will meet once per year to evaluate artwork for the gallery space. The jury will meet twice per year to evaluate work for the retail space. The jury will evaluate retail space items in person when possible. Artists chosen for the gallery space may not necessarily be chosen for the retail space and vice versa in the event an artist has applied in both areas.
- Artists submitting for the exhibition space must submit work that is representative of the body of work which was considered by the jury.
- Artists submitting for the retail space may submit examples of production runs that will likely include multiple items. For example, a pair of earrings or a single jewelry set will suffice for jury evaluation but it is requested that the artist specify how many are available for purchase. And inventory should be provided with the work.
- A rotating board member will facilitate – but not partake – in the jury process for exhibits and retail. The board member facilitator is responsible for keeping notes during the jury process and will answer any questions or concerns raised by the artists after jurying, meaning, they will explain why an artist was or was not accepted into the gallery or retail spaces.
- Artwork/artists’ identities will be blinded for the jury’s consideration. A jury member may recuse themselves if they feel overly familiar with an artist and are not able to provide impartial and objective feedback of the work.
- The jury determines the artists that will participate in exhibitions for the year. The E.D. may invite non-juried artists to help broaden a particular exhibit as long as their work is in line with the theme and reflects the quality required by the gallery. Partial submissions need not be considered by the jury.
- If the ED finds an exception needs to be made, the jury must agree unanimously on this decision.
- HCAC may occasionally engage the expertise of a guest curator for specific exhibits. The curator and theme can be determined by the ED without input from the jury.
- The jury will only evaluate artists that reside and work in the southern Appalachian mountain region.
Information for artists who wish to be considered for our year round retail shop
Retail Artist Application Due September 3, 2021 for 2022 & 2023
Criteria for Gallery Retail Jury
Overall, new artists can only be accepted when the gallery/retail area has available display space. (There may be a limit to the number of artists accepted based on numbers, space and media). The following is a partial list of criteria used by the Jury when evaluating your work. Other factors will come into the final decision-making process such as elements of design and differences from work currently represented in the Gallery.
- Originality & Quality: Is the work original in design? Is the work mass-produced or printed? (Exceptions could be greeting cards or prints, but they must be from the artist’s original artwork.) Is the work a replication of other artist’s work or have a strong resemblance to another artist’s work? Is the work unique and in a media not offered elsewhere in downtown locations or currently in the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery? Is the work professional, well crafted and ready for display? Is there excellence in design and artisanship?
- Handmade elements: Are the major elements used in the work handmade? Is the overall appearance of the work “handmade” as opposed to commercially manufactured, machine made, or produced from a kit or pattern? Will the piece maintain its structural durability over time?
- Size: Is the size of the work reasonable for the retail space?
- Price points: Is the work within the price points that are salable in the Gallery’s retail section? Often we have out of town visitors who are looking for smaller and affordable artwork. Please keep in mind that the price point for salability is $25 – $300. However, we have removed the price ceiling and items of a higher quality and require a higher price will be considered.
- Presentation: All presentation of art pieces should be of a professional quality
- e.: studio wraps, matted and framed works or framed 2D pieces
- e.: bases and stands for 2 or 3D art pieces should be presentable
- e.: art piece must have a finished look in overall design and detail
The retail jury is comprised of professional artists familiar with different artistic media who are not a part of the HCAC. The jury changes every year. Artists not accepted may reapply the following year.
Please contact the HCAC (828.452.0593) with any questions.
Information for Artists who wish to be considered for the Juried Exhibit in April of 2022 & 2023
Juried Exhibit Applications Due September 3, 2021
- Only current residents of the southern Appalachian mountain region* are eligible.
- All work must be handmade, original and for sale. Prints are NOT accepted.
- Artists may apply in more than one medium; however, a separate application is required for each.
- Support items that must accompany the application are:
- Resume and/or artist statement
- At least five digital photos of your artwork sent to Artist@HaywoodArts.org
- Incomplete applications will not be accepted for jury review.
- Applicants will be notified by e-mail by end of October.
- If accepted, you will have a two year term before needing to reapply.
*It is important to provide samples of each type of artwork you wish to display and sell at the HCAC Gallery. The jury will only review those pieces you have sent specifically for consideration.
All sold work provides a 30% commission to the HCAC, with 70% of the price being paid to the artist by the end of the month following the sale.
Please fill out the application shown below.
Join the Haywood County Arts Council as an Artist Member
The HCAC works to support artists in our region, and one of the ways is through our artist membership program. Artist members get first alerts on calls for work, an invitation to participate in an annual members-only gallery show, and an individual listing on our website. Any working artist may join as a member of the Haywood County Arts Council for $40 per year. Artists between the age of 18 & 39 may join as a Young Innovator for $30.
Click Artist Member Benefits 2019-2020 to read more.
We hope you will take advantage of this offer to support your local Arts Council. In return we will continue to support and promote you and the arts in Haywood County.
Click on the form name (below) to open (or download) an Artist Membership form for the Haywood County Arts Council. You can hand-write and print the form from the links below, visit the gallery for a printed form, or click here to fill it out as a survey online. Use the Donate button below to pay your Artist Membership Fee.