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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
- Seven full images (together with detail images for 3 of them) that, viewed together, present an applicant’s curated body of work.
- A resumé providing evidence of your studio art practice, which may include exhibitions, awards, publications, collectors and gallery representation.
- An artist statement that is clear, concise, and connects the viewer with the work presented.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The JAM Review Panel (JRP) evaluation gauges the level of artistic merit and professional practice demonstrated in the portfolio.
The JRP considers:
- The body of work: Do the selected pieces demonstrate an understanding of the principles of design? Are they of high quality? Do the images work together to present a focused point of view rather than a sampler of ideas or techniques?
- The images: Are the images of professional quality? Are the edges visible?
- The exhibition record: Are there juried exhibitions? Does the exhibition record go beyond local venues? Does the exhibition record include art quilt venues, museums or galleries?
- The resumé: Is the resumé well-written? Does it include the expected items in the requested order?
- The artist statement: Does it connect with the work presented? Does it focus on the idea(s) behind the body of work or is it merely a listing of materials and methods? Is it clearly written?
- The artist's blog or website: Is it current? Does it demonstrate a professional practice?
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 email@example.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.
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:
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.
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.
- Exhibitions: Solo, Invitational, Juried Group, and Non-juried Group exhibitions. Each entry should include the title of the exhibition, the name(s) of the juror(s) and/or curator(s), the name of the venue, city, state, country, and date.
- A solo exhibit means that a body of your work is exhibited together at one venue.
- An invitational exhibit means that a curator invites you (and other artists) to participate in an exhibit, based on the quality of your work.
- A juried group exhibition means that a juror has selected your work for exhibition from all works submitted for consideration.
- A non-juried group exhibition means an exhibit that has not been juried and your selection is based on your membership in the group organizing the exhibition.
- Awards, honors, fellowships or grants: Name of award or honor, sponsoring organization, location, and date.
- Media/Publications: Television, blogs, magazine articles, books you have written or in which your work was featured. Provide the title of program, article, name of station, publication, and date.
- Critical Reviews (of your work) and/or Artist Profile(s): List the name of the publication, title of article, author, and date published.
- Installations and Collections: List the names of any public, corporate, or private collections of your work.
- Gallery Representation: List gallery names, location, and dates of representation.
- Other Professional Activity: List curatorial or other professional activities. Do not list workshops you have attended. List other professional positions held IF you believe they are of sufficient relevance, importance, or influence.
- Professional Affiliations, including SAQA
For more information, see:
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)
If you have any questions regarding the JAM application process, please firstname.lastname@example.org.