Last week I went to the NAIA Artist Conference in Lake
Worth Florida. It consisted of two full days of presentations of useful
information for artists doing art shows.
Among the events was a presentation by Westaf who is putting together
the first digital jury system. The have a half dozen shows signed up
already (including Cherry Creek) and will propose hosting a server with
digital files sent in by exhibitors. Applications will get filled out on
line (no last minute trips to the post office) and they will host a server
of submitted image files for each artist. At this stage, they are not
planning to get involved in scanning but will provide the file
requirements and you will submit your own images. What they're proposing
is a series of high definition units called the Roku HD1000 connected to a
series of digital projectors. The images will be fed from CompactFlash
cards and will synchronize so they project all images of each artist
simultaneously, just like the current jury with a series of Kodak Carousel
projectors which are scheduled to be discontinued. The image quality is
excellent as we saw in a single unit demonstration. The web site to read
about the Roku is:
http://www.rokulabs.com It's not worth really discussing anymore
as it's still in the planning stages and hardware might change. Westaf's
web site is:
http://www.westaf.org but I don't think that there is anything
about the digital jury yet.
|We now have the image requirements for the Westaf
(now called ZAPP) jury system and are offering to prepare artist's
images. Read more about it.
I did have an opportunity to sit with Paul Fisher who had developed the
Smithsonian jury system which was similar to the one I created on my
Another event that was well worth attending was an open discussion with
five art show directors including Arts, Beats & Eats, Cherry Creek,
Columbus and Des Moines. I specifically tried to pin them down about
defining digital art, especially Cherry Creek as the only digital artist
accepted was a photographer.
The highlight was a mock slide jury with about 55 sets of jury slides
that attendees had brought and a room with about 80 artists discussing
them. The jury consisted of four artists and Terry Adams, Cherry Creek
director. During the presentation, each set of slides was scored by the
jurors and we will be getting the scores in the mail in a week or so.
There was also a 45 second discussion of each set of slides by all the
artists in the room. Of particular interest was the fact that people
commented on the cohesiveness of the presentation, mats showing on 2D
images and what should or shouldn't be included in the booth slide as to
how many panels and bins and whether the booth behind or next to it shows
up in the image, etc. What was also evident is that tape masked slides
don't look as good as digitally masked slides as the black isn't as clean.
Overall I was impressed with the usefulness of the convention and would
recommend joining the organization, if only to be a part in next years
conference. As for your joining, you need to make your own minds up how
useful the organization can be for you. The web site is: