Guidelines for Juried Artist Member Application 

Welcome! This page contains all the information you need to know about applying to become a Juried Artist member.

Please read the entire page before starting your submission.

If you have any questions regarding the JAM application process, please email jams@saqa.com.

Submission Form

 

WHAT IS A JURIED ARTIST MEMBER?

A Juried Artist Member (JAM) of SAQA is an artist who has successfully presented a portfolio to the JAM Review Panel (JRP). This portfolio includes a selected body of work and documentation showing a professional approach to art.

The portfolio presents a body of work that represents a singular point of view or signature collection. The artist’s resumé demonstrates a record of juried exhibitions beyond the local. Documentation and images are of high quality, as expected by galleries and museums, as well as collectors and publishers.

The JRP evaluates each portfolio and gauges the level of artistic merit and professional practice demonstrated by the applicant. All JRP panelists are current Juried Artist Members.

 

PROCESS

The JAM Review Panel meets every January, March, May, July, September and November. Applications are due by midnight US Eastern Time on January 1, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1, and November 1.

The portfolio is submitted online. It must include:

You will find all specifications on the JAM Online Submission Form (available in late January). It will help you with preparing all the information you need to complete the application. We suggest having all your materials (content, image files, resume) in a folder on your computer before you begin. 

 


MENTORING

SAQA offers mentoring to help prepare your JAM portfolio. It is a free service offered to SAQA members. Mentors are current JAMs, as well as former members of the JAM Review Panel. 
 
Juried Artist mentoring cannot guarantee acceptance. However, a mentor will look at the work you select for submission, evaluate your professional documents, and make suggestions. The final decisions about what to submit are yours. 

Sharon Bass currently serves as JAM mentor. She can be reached by e-mail at bass@ku.edu
 

EVALUATION 

The JAM Review Panel (JRP) evaluation gauges the level of artistic merit and professional practice demonstrated in the portfolio.

The JRP considers:

 

Notification

Applicants will be notified by email about their application status. If you haven’t received a notification email by the end of the month in which the JAM Review Panel meets, please check your spam folders before contacting us at info@saqa.com.

If your application is accepted, your email notice will contain instructions and information about your membership changes, and reminders about your new benefits.

If your application is not accepted, your email notice will summarize the areas where the JAM Review Panel believed your artistic practice needs further development. Once you believe you’ve addressed those areas, you may re-apply.

Many applicants were not successful their first try, but found the resubmission process worthwhile. Many also choose to use the mentoring process for their re-submission.

 

Body of work

A body of work is a selection of your artworks that relate to one another that demonstrates to the JAM Review Panel a cohesive, singular point of view. You should select work to submit that presents an organized and cohesive portfolio, one that would be welcomed by jurors, museums, galleries and publications.

The JAM Review Panel also looks at whether the works have artistic merit, that is, do they demonstrate your understanding of the artistic principles of design and composition? This is not a judgement of whether the JAM Review Panel likes or dislikes your body of work but instead whether the body of work shows an artistic intent rather than a mastery of technique.

For more clarification, visit Body of Work - Image Selection and Photo Presentation



Professional presentation of images

The photo images must be excellent: artwork edges are included (not cropped out), no pins or hanging rods show, any visible background has no distractions. The lighting is good and consistent across the entire piece; everything is in focus and shot squarely, not distorted. 

Detail images reveal the stitching or some intriguing portion of the work. They are separate photographs of a selected area. The JRP will not accept detail images that are merely a cropped area from the full image. 

Digital images must be saved as a high quality JPEG file (No TIFF files). Finished images should be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side and not more than 4200 pixels.

 

Each image file must be 2mb or less - all images on the form cannot exceed 25 mb in total. 
If you do not have software to resize your images, online options are available:
https://www1.lunapic.com/editor/ or https://picresize.com/

 

For more information, see: 

Help with Resizing Photos by Gloria Hansen (video)

Photographing Your Own Quilt courtesy of Maria Elkins

Submitting Photos to SAQA Publications by Deidre Adams



Professional presentation of documents

Your resumé and artist statement should be well-written and easily understood, grammatically correct and free of typos. The JAM Review Panel expects that your documents comply with the requirements.

NOTE: Your resumé must be uploaded with your seventh artwork. Save it as a pdf file before uploading.

Resumé
The resumé for JAM application provides the panel with evidence of your studio practice and art activity. It is a selected resumé; not intended to cover your entire career. Select the highlights for the purpose of this application, rather than everything you have ever done.

Organize your resumé in reverse chronological order, that is, provide the most recent activity/entry first, then work back in time. Your resumé should include the following categories, in this order. While it is not necessary to have entries in each category, your resumé should list sufficient breadth to demonstrate your studio practice and art activity.

For more information, see: 

Resume Advice

Sample resume, courtesy of Shea Wilkinson

 

Artist Statement
The artist statement is a description of what you do, why you do it, and how you do it. It is best when written concisely and in the first person. It should to connect the JAM Review Panel or other viewers to your body of work, and aid in understanding your artistic voice.
 
For more information, see: 

Mentorship Webinar: Writing an Artist Statement (login to mySAQA is required)

Compilation of SAQA Journal articles about artist statements

 

 

 


Contact Info:

If you have any questions regarding the JAM application process, please jams@saqa.com.