Elected Artist Application Definitions

Uniqueness/Originality

Our jurors will be looking for work that is original since originality is a basic feature of art. The originality in art includes the newness of the artwork’s presentation and style, the newness of artwork materials, art techniques, theme, intent, content, expression and more.

Art originality refers to the uniqueness in the creation of a work of art, and the artist has to be the first author of the artwork.

Technique, Skill and Presentation

Our jurors will consider artistic skill and technique, overall level of competence, including skill of presentation of the artwork.  Considerations might include the uniqueness and the inimitable style of the work, consistency across the body of work, and evidence of formal considerations such as line, shape, form, color, composition and design. All aspects of the work’s presentation should be considered by the artist (framing, pedestals, etc.) as well as the artist’s ability to format digital images according to the specifications included with the application instructions.

Body of Work

Our Jurors will be looking for a coherent body of work. A coherent body of work might explore one approach, concept, idea, topic, subject matter, theme, or philosophy that demonstrates conceptual strength and generates multi-layered meanings. A coherent body of work might show evidence of investigating a concept in depth with a clearly articulated set of parameters and from different perspectives that allows for a nuanced composition, more subtlety and compelling communication.

The following can be considered examples of what might be considered a few characteristics of a “Body of Work

  • A developed concept, topic or theme.
  • Researched ideas that demonstrate knowledge evidenced in the work one makes. How one talks and writes about her or his work.
  • Evidence of self-evaluation or reflection that encourages a deeper investigation, possible new directions and refined work.
  • An exploration of other artists whose practices are similar (for example; how other artists have responded to similar ideas in the past and/or what materials they use).