Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes of a jurying process…? FI2013 co-director Jay van Wagenen shares more about this years jurying process for Fiberart International 2013.
From the desk of FI2013
Here come the jurors!
It’s been a frenzied couple of weeks here at Fiberart International central as last-minute entries (that would be about 95% of them) came flooding in. The grand total: 1259 pieces from 525 artists. This year’s entries came from all over – Norway to Nigeria, Argentina to Australia – with a decided concentration in Southwestern PA. We live in such a hotbed of artistic talent!
The online Café system we used for submissions threw us a few curve balls, but overall, most artists seemed to upload their entries with minimal difficulty. A few agonizing weeks later, we had all the mail-ins and incompletes in the system. Then jury chair Laura Tabakman worked her special brand of magic on the unruly bunch and voila – we’re ready for company.
This year’s outstanding jurors – Kai Chan from Canada, Paulina Ortiz from Costa Rica, and Joyce J. Scott from Baltimore – will spend an intense four days of scrutiny, discussion, and debate to select the show. What are they looking for? We ask them to choose work that…
- demonstrates high standards of contemporary fiberart
- advances and challenges public understanding of fiberart
- expresses compelling ideas
If you volunteered to help with the jurying, you’ll get a sneak peek at the show as it takes shape over the course of the weekend. If not, stay tuned. You’ll get an opportunity to see the chosen images long before the show goes up.
Jay van Wagenen