Why Become a Juried Artist?

Many general members may wonder this. There are many reasons why you may choose to jury into Best of Missouri Hands. First you get to adorn your product with BOMH stickers and place the Juried Artist Banner in your booth at shows. While this may seem like a small detail, it does make for a nice talking point when participating at shows. Often people will comment to me that they have seen this banner at many of the booths and what does it mean? I then have the opportunity to share with people about not only my work, but the organization and process of being juried and that it means our work is at a level of excellence and standards that meet a certain level. That is not to say that artists who are not juried do not meet this level, only that it’s a great talking point and oftentimes, helps with sales.

Another positive is Artist’s Spotlight on our Missouri Artisan Facebook page. These are taken from your BOMH page on the website and get a lot of attention. I’d have to say the biggest reason is the page that you get with your juried status on the Best of Missouri Hands website. This perk has garnered large benefits for many, from being picked up by museums, being chosen for features in Missouri Life and the PBS series Making, to being contacted by galleries and show executives. It is another reason to keep this page active a current.

Personally, I felt a real sense of accomplishment when I was juried in. There is still time to be working on your photos for the Winter Jury Session 2023. I cannot stress enough the importance of quality photos of your work. It is like any other time you want to put your best foot forward.

Winter jury session will be open February 1 to February 24, 2023. Apply here… https://bestofmissourihands.org/member-registration/juried-member/

If you have questions, please feel free to message me or text me 573.263.2291 Marcia Menendez