This year’s jurors based their final selection of 34 works from a total of 208 images submitted by 112 artists. Each artist submitted works digitally, on a disc. As someone who is involved with organizing a similar juried show at year’s end here at Station Gallery, I began to wonder if digital submissions are the way to go. Some of the pros include:
- getting broader exposure from artists outside the region—let’s call it “casting a broader net”
- a more economical and stream-lined use of resources, gallery staffing, etc.
- less chance for artwork to get damaged from over-handling
- less gas to transport the works back and forth equals a smaller carbon footprint
And on the other side, the more traditional approach of adjudicating from original artworks has its good points too:
- jurors get a better sense of the scale, texture, intent, etc…
- the final exhibition design can be stronger (i.e., themes and grouping are more apparent)
- the artist/gallery relationship is more organic, more personal
- doesn’t handicap artists who don’t have access to digital equipment
It’s a dilemma. So I put it to you, the blogosphere; what are your thoughts on submitting to juried shows? Digital or Tangible; what works best?