In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews artist, teacher and show judge Mike Beeman, to talk about how to be more successful when entering juried shows. Mike works in pastel and oil, in studio and on location, painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life and figures. He is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies. His work has appeared in numerous juried exhibitions and competitions and he has been a judge in many as well. 

Maureen Bader
Art on the Island interviews Mike Beeman

First, a juried show is one where an artist must submit an entry and be judged against other artist to gain entry into the show. Mike explained that today, the top shows are very competitive and the competition is now global as people from all over the world vie to get into the best shows. 

If it is so difficult to get in, why would someone want to be in a juried show? Reasons include personal gratification and recognition, which help an artist to grow professionally, to gain credibility in the industry and to move to higher status, such as Signature status, in artist groups such as the Federation of Canadian artists. 

Mike explains the number one reason why an entry is rejected, and how to avoid that, as well as other considerations when entering a juried show. He also explains what to consider when selecting your best work for the show, and what to expect once you’ve sent off your entry form. 

In the fantastic case of acceptance, can a work be rejected once the work gets to the show organizers? Listen as Mike explains some of the problems that can occur with shipping and how to avoid them.