Jury for Shows Application 2017 Show Season

Jury for Shows Application 2017 Show Season


 This application is for artisans who wish to exhibit at Maine Crafts Guild Shows.
    This is not an application for Professional Membership.
    The fee for this application is $35; and is non-refundable.
For current Professional Maine Crafts Association members, the jury fee is waived.

Booth Fees
Booth prices vary with each show depending on booth size and location. Non-members pay $305.-$670. for our MDI show, $320.-$470. for Scarborough, and $400.-$530. for Brunswick. 

As a member, booth fees are discounted $100. each. If you would like to be juried for membership, use the Application for Professional Membership here. Your initial show as part of the jury process will be at the non-member rate.




Jury Chair
Sara Hotchkiss
jurychair@mainecraftsguild.com

CRITERIA CONSIDERED BY THE JURY

The criteria used in reviewing the work include: originality and individuality of work; excellence of design in all work presented; highly developed skill in execution; attention to detail exhibited; a recognizable style and coherence of the range of work presented. In addition, the committee is concerned with evidence of professionalism as exhibited by, among other things, pricing, concern for maintaining high levels of quality, and display.

Only work handmade by the craftsperson — or under his/her direct supervision — will be permitted at Maine Crafts Guild shows. (The only exception to this is printed material directly relating to the craftsperson’s principle activity. Only a small percent of items for sale may fall under this heading) Handmade means, that tools and machines used in production are hand-guided. Direct supervision means to be within an immediate distance and available to respond to the needs of helpers. The artist provides explicit instructions; observes, reviews, and evaluates the performance of other persons and thereby has direct control over and professional knowledge and oversight of all work being done. 

Work made from kits or patterns or assemblages where pre-made pieces account for most of the work will not qualify for jury consideration. Categories of work not eligible include, but are not limited to: foodstuffs, dried flowers, T-shirts, photography and two-dimensional painting. 


Terms and Conditions

Thank you for your interest in The Maine Crafts Guild Shows.

The Maine Crafts Guild is a statewide craft organization serving professional craftspeople of Maine. The organization is dedicated to excellence in craftsmanship and the promotion of career development for its Professional Members. It does this in a variety of ways, including the operation of annual retail shows, subject-oriented meetings, and state-wide distribution of Guild and Show advertising, including optional participation in Co-op magazine ads at discounted rates facilitated by the Guild. Members also get a business page on our website, and access to the members only online forum for where you can learn about current and past guild activities, and chat online with fellow members. The Guild also serves a coordinating function, dealing with other cultural organizations and educational institutions in matters of interest to its members, and as a voice for craftspeople.

Professional
Membership in the Maine Crafts Guild is a tenured position, which guarantees rights to space in all our shows and implies a certain level of activism to help manage, develop, and grow the organization. The Guild is run by and for its members. To stay in good standing, a member is required to pay yearly dues, keep the quality of work as juried maintained, and to continue a high level of professionalism in business.

Below is an explanation of our jury process, which is required reading and is considered part of the actual application for Juried Show Status.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR SHOWS ONLY

This application must be completed in one session. You cannot save this application after partially completing it with the intention of returning later to finish it.

You will be asked to supply personal and professional information, to upload digital images of your work (see below for details), and to pay the nonrefundable $35 jurying fee.

  • Applications are reviewed throughout the year by our Standards Committee.

  • Applicants who are accepted by the "Jury for Shows" process are eligible to submit applications to any of our shows in the year they are juried.

  • If you wish to continue showing at the Guild Shows after the first year, please submit an application for Professional Membership.

Note: Having been accepted as a non-member exhibitor at an MCG show does not carry any guarantee of acceptance by the jury for Professional Membership or to exhibit in shows in any subsequent year.


PROFESSIONAL IMAGES

Required: Five (5) digital images of current work.  Maximum file size is 10mb. You may add one detail shot for each piece. Anything other than a detail of the original photo will be removed.

Required: One (1) digital image of your booth, as it would look at our shows. The only exception is if you have never participated in a show that required a booth. If you have no booth, please contact our Jury Chair. You will be required to submit an image or photo of your booth set-up before being allowed to participate in any MCG show.

Optional: Up to five (5) additional detail images of submitted pieces.

Some common mistakes to avoid when taking pictures of your work are out-of-focus photos, distracting backgrounds and shots where the piece does not fill most of the frame. The jury is interested in the full range of work to be exhibited.

If you have any questions or special needs regarding this application, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Please pay by credit card.

    Thank you,
    The Maine Crafts Guild
    James Bowers/Maine Crafts Guild
    369 Old Union Road
    Washington, ME 04574

    Payment must be received in full before the application can be considered complete.

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