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Frequently Asked Questions: Entering a Juried Gallery Show

Below is a list of frequently asked questions from artists about entering artwork into a juried show in our Gallery. If you have a question that you do not see answered here, please email gallery@eastendarts.org.

Question: My piece is a 1/2 inch larger that the "30 inch" wide maximum dimension. Will it still be acceptable?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that are larger than our dimension maximums, even if they are just over by a smidge:
Maximum 30" wide x 40" high, including the frame.
Sculpture Maximum: 72” high x 24” wide. Max. Weight: 30 lbs.

Question: Are unframed paintings acceptable?
Yes, unframed paintings with a clean 'gallery edge' will be happily accepted unframed (canvas edge must be neatly painted or taped, no staples or tacks visible). The edge can also be a continuation of the painting (or photo printed on canvas). Please note: Professional presentation will be considered in the judging process.

Question: My piece is not wired but it has a metal ‘claw’ that fits over a nail to hold the piece on the wall. Is that acceptable?
Unfortunately, no. All artwork must be properly wired with braided framing wire. Nylon cord and single wire will sag and are unacceptable. Please be sure neither wire nor hook shows above top edge of canvas when hung on a 1” high hook.

Question: My piece is wired but I did not use the braided picture hanging wire – just plain wire. Will that do?
Single wire of any size will sag slowly after it is hung; same goes for plastic wire, that is why wire specified for picture hanging is made of braided steel.

Question: My frame is plastic/plaster and I can not get eye hooks into the back to hold the wire, what can I do?
You can attach wire with 50/50 epoxy glue. First, coil the end of the wire around until it is at least as wide as a dime. Glue it to your plastic or plaster frame and cover with strong duct tape until it dries. Once dry, hang it on a nail to make sure it is stable. Some plastic can be drilled into with an electric drill, the use the epoxy to secure the eye-screw into the hole.

Question: My entry is still wet. If I bring it in can you keep it aside until it dries?
We are unable to accept artwork that has any elements that are still wet at the time of drop-off.

Question: What percentage of the sales price does East End Arts take upon the sale of a piece of work?
A gallery service fee of 30% will be taken upon sale; please consider this fee when pricing your work.

Question: I will be out of town for pick-up of unaccepted art. Can you store it for me until I get back?
Unfortunately we do not have any available storage space. Ask a friend or relative to pick-up the artwork for you. Artwork left longer than a week will be charged $1 per day storage fee.

Question: If my work is not accepted into a show, should I assume my art is just not up to par?
Juried shows result in the vision of one person. We have seen pieces get rejected in one show and then win second place in another.

Question: What is the best way for me to prepare for a show?
If the juror is an artist or owns a gallery, visit their website and see what they consider good art. Also, read more information about the jurors by visiting our Jurors page.

Here's a great podcast about people in creative professions receiving feedback from critics - listen in!

How Do I Survive The Critics?
Dear Sugar Radio, a WBUR Podcast
Episode 6 // March 13, 2015
It always hurts to be criticized. And yet, part of what comes with being an artist is creating work that is then released into the world and subject to the world’s reaction – good or bad. In this episode, the Sugars take on the pain that comes with being judged for one’s work, and the ways in which we can learn from even the most brutal of judgments. They’re joined by the writer George Saunders, who helps field a question from a newly published author feeling crushed by first reviews. Saunders recalls his own first experience of being publicly condemned, which sent him down to his basement for three days. wbur.org

About this podcast: The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar — the cult-favorite advice column from The Rumpus — is back, but this time speaking right into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. wbur.org


If you have a question that you do not see answered here, please email gallery@eastendarts.org.