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What it Means to be a Juried Art Fair

It is becoming increasingly frequent for art fairs to be juried. Especially with the handmade community on an uprise and more and more artisans and DIY enthusiasts entering into the fair realm. With Jackalope we believe in our Jury to help guarantee a high quality shopping experience. 

What does it mean to be Juried?

It means having a selection committee review each application upon acceptance. The appointed Jury will be seeking artisans who display a high skill set in their respective fields to help keep the content of the fair vibrant and interesting for attendees. The Jury is not always the founders or event producers of the fair, like in our case, we can encourage you to apply but we do not Jury the applicants ourselves. 

That it why it is important to thoroughly fill out the application and include the best possible product and display photos.  This is your first and only impression on the Jury, unless they have seen your work in person. 

What exactly does the Jackalope Jury look for? 

The Jury will be using three key factors in reviewing each application.

1. Quality and Aesthetic: They will look at the quality and appearance of the work presented. This is where having good product photography comes into play.  Did you select your BEST work to include with your application? Did you show enough variety?

ANDROGYNY Jewelry, you can clearly see her jewelry and design aesthetic

ANDROGYNY Jewelry, you can clearly see her jewelry and design aesthetic

2. Uniqueness and Originality: Is the work presented innovative and original? What sets you apart from the rest? Your artist statement can also help relay on why you do what you do. Do not be afraid to really sell yourself!

3. Branding and Sellability: How well is the work represented? Do you have a logo, or cool packaging? If you have done a fair before, make sure to include booth images, or possibly do a mock setup. Also make sure your website and social media is current, that is also a good example of how you represent your work.  

The above photos are great examples of both booth display and product photography illustrating the quality, originality, and vision behind each brand. Thank you Hepp's Salt, Sew Jolly, Wicked Boheme, Christina Haberkorn and Teakoe Tea for your awesome displays! 

It is always important to put your best foot forward and we hope this inside scoop helps shed some light on the Jury process! Meet our Jurors:

Pasadena Jurors

Phoenix Jurors

Denver Jurors