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  • Wed

    Inside the Selection Process

    5:45 pmThe Glassell School of Art Auditorium, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006 (Map)
    Program events

    9th Invitational juror Anna Tahinci making her selections

    Critique by Patrick Palmer, Nicole Longnecker & Dennis Nance

    On Wednesday, March 4, Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) offers members and guests a rare insight into a juror’s selection process for art competitions with a discussion by three prominent figures and frequent jurors in the Houston art world. Nicole Longnecker, owner of Nicole Longnecker Gallery; Dennis Nance, director of exhibitions and programming at the Lawndale Art Center; and Patrick Palmer, Glassell School of Art, Studio School Faculty Chair/Dean; will participate in an open discussion of a juror’s selection process. The presentation begins at 5:45 p.m. in the auditorium of The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 77006.


    The three speakers, all of whom have been jurors for VAA, will discuss their selection processes when judging a competition. Previously submitted works will be projected for the audience, and panelists will discuss the selection/elimination process applied to each work. Artists will discover the whys and hows of selection from a juror’s point of view, including the constants of technique and presentation as well as the unique personal biases of jurors.


    “VAA is so pleased to be able to present this first-hand look into a juror’s thought process. Every artist who has ever entered a competition wonders what makes a piece worthy of selection. What does a juror look for? How does a juror’s background affect the selection process? These are the questions the morning’s session will investigate,” says Matt Adams, President at VAA. “This is a rare opportunity for artists to get inside the mind of a juror and learn how to make each submission the best.