Durga Garcia’s article, “The ABCs of Getting Your Work out There” continues in this Rickie Report.
Entering Art Shows
- Read ALL information slowly and carefully AND Follow the rules
- Make a Check list to ensure you have not missed anything!
- Enter Shows that match your works’ theme and discipline
- Online Exhibits or Out of the area Exhibits: If work needs to be shipped leave enough time for shipping ( and acts of nature like a snow storm or bad weather)!
- ALL SHOWS:
Can you manage the dates?
Entry deadline date?
Delivery date (or shipping date)?
Pick up work date?
Having someone else deliver/pick up? Have a written agreement of acceptability!
The Award Ceremony
JUDGES WANT TO BE shocked or amazed, amused or educated – to see things in a way not seen before.
For the amateur it’s a learning process that mimics being commissioned. You are working to a very loose brief, but you are attempting to impress others rather than just yourself.
For the professional it is of course a chance to achieve greater exposure for your work, and therefore generate more work, but it is also a chance to ‘commission yourself’ rather than working to a client’s directions. Done correctly that can be creatively very liberating.
Being part of an exhibit is something to be proud of, having people see your work and getting the chance to see how people respond to your work will give you invaluable feedback in your growth as an artist and is an important part of being an artist.
WINNING IMAGES have a “Wow” factor with with a story to say to be truly award-winning.
The image needs to be artfully constructed and technically well executed…beyond being something pleasurable to look at in a decorative way –— it should provoke or calm, educate or entertain with innovation, humor or add revelation.
Rejections and Not Winning
- There may be several hundred entries with only room for only 50 pieces to be exhibited.
- More entered pieces are not accepted than shown
- It doesn’t necessarily mean the non-accepted work is not good, just not suitable for that exhibit, in that judges opinion, at that time or maybe needs just a little change to be better.
- Sometimes it is simply a matter of space.
Art is very subjective and even the most expert opinion, is just that, an opinion.
Winning, the difference between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place and honorable mentions could be so slight, the same judge on a different day could easily pick a different order of winners. Being recognized as one of the best is an achievement.
Any Award is good and can become part of your resume. It is good practice to keep track of your achievements.
Many of Durga Garcia’s images can be found in Public and Private collections. She is a South Florida based freelance professional photographer of art for artists, portraits, commercial projects & events. Durga has several long term projects and books to her credit.
Durga brings a most uncommon background to her pictures. She has lived in many countries and across America, working as a racehorse trainer, equine veterinary paramedic, yoga teacher, member of the U.S. International Pistol Team and certified art appraiser. She has parlayed her years of experience as a certified art appraiser into a special talent for conveying those nuanced details in her own work. Durga maintains her Senior Fine Art Appraisal accreditations. She lectures on photography for area groups, camera clubs and art guilds. Durga hosts a blog for photographers giving tips and tricks of the business and is writing a book for kids, “Your First Photography Book”.
In September, 2014 Durga will take part in Palm Beach State College’s “BARK” Invitational Exhibit (Palm Beach Gardens, FL). She has been invited to Tuscany in Spring, 2014 to lead a multi-discipline workshop plus a Photo Tour of Iceland in Fall, 2014.
Durga is a Proud Member of these Professional Associations:
*PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS of AMERICA
*NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of WOMEN ARTISTS
*NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of PHOTOSHOP PROFESSIONALS
*FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS
*PALM BEACH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS GUILD
*BOCA MUSEUM ARTISTS’ GUILD
*WELLINGTON ART SOCIETY
*ARTISTS of PALM BEACH COUNTY