In a prior article, I discuss entering the Smithsonian Craft Show and explain that Juried Art Services handles the Smithsonian Craft Show application process. This article discusses setting up your Juried Art Services account, which will come in handy for submitting your application to many different arts and crafts contests and competitions.
Finding Out About Juried Art Services
Juried Art Services is world's first and most advanced Digital JuryingTM and application system. Easy to use, you upload images and information about your arts and crafts items and business, then select the shows you want to apply to.
When you go to the Juried Art Services home page you’ll see a bunch of current calls for entries giving you a thumbnail sketch of each. This includes the location, event dates and application dates. For example, the Washington Craft Show (not to be confused with the Smithsonian Craft Show), is also in Washington DC. Taking place from October 31 to November 2, 2014, the deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.
Exploring Juried Art Services
Select Services, which is the second link from the left on the top task bar. This link gives you a brief overview of Juried Art Services. Like Artist Front, which is used for the NICHE Awards and other competitions, there is an online portfolio management feature.
What you want to do first is to set up your Juried Art Services account. Do this by selecting the Register Now link at the far right-hand side of the page.
Registering With Juried Art Services
You don't need to come up with any promotional copy about your arts and crafts business here, it is just all basic information – so don’t procrastinate. There are 3 steps asking for information about your arts and crafts business. The mandatory fields are marked with an *.
All three steps are very easy-peasy, The first step is your sign-in information. Read through and fill out the fields. Double-check your entries and hit the Select button.
The next step is your new user registration information. This step merely asks for your name and address. Read through and fill out the fields. Double-check your entries and hit the Select button. Then, you’ll be asked to enter your phone number and email address. That’s it – your first three steps!
Setting Up Your Portfolio in Juried Art Services
You are now taken to the nuts and bolts of setting up your portfolio in Juried Art Services. At the top of this page you have another three options: Create a Portfolio, Upload Artwork and Apply to An Event.
Well, first things first, you can’t upload artwork until you have a portfolio so select Create a Portfolio. In big red letters, you’ll be informed that you haven’t yet created a portfolio. Select one of the two links to create a new portfolio.
Okay, just want to point out one thing here. Juried Art Services lets you set up different portfolios that you can tailor for the different arts and crafts shows for which you want to submit an application. You need to fill in a name and artist statement for each. The artist statement can not exceed 1000 characters.
Composing Your Artist Statement
If you don’t already have one, just enter something like ‘in process’ and select Submit (the next page asks you to upload your images). When you are ready you can come back and edit the portfolio with your complete artist statement. But now’s the time to sit down and come up with a killer artist statement. For more information, see my article, Preparing Your Artist Statement.