Juried Artist Member Overview
What is a JAM?
A JAM is a juried artist member of SAQA who has successfully presented a portfolio of professional quality images and documents to the JAM Review Panel (JRP).
The portfolio presents a body of work that represents a singular point of view or signature collection. The artist’s resume demonstrates a record of juried exhibitions beyond the local. Documentation and images are of high quality, as expected by gallery and museum personnel, as well as collectors and publishers.
benefits of Juried artist membership
Besides meeting a personal goal of accomplishment, the major benefit for JAMs is the opportunity for exposure: in SAQA publications, on the website, as well as participation in SAQA special events.
- SAQA Portfolio, the annual art quilt sourcebook for galleries and museums
- Art Quilt Collector, published quarterly
- A personal gallery page, with up to 5 images, and a link to the member's personal website/blog
- Artwork in included in the Juried Artist slideshow (a random selection of images which are generated with each website viewing)
- Listing in the Juried Artist Directory
- Opportunities for inclusion in monthly online exhibitions, SAQA.com homepage and more.
- Potential selection as a Featured Artist
JAMs also qualify for
- A business listing in the Art Services Directory
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do SAQA members want to be JAMs?
Everyone has different goals, but many JAMs indicate they have selected this category of membership because they have established a professional studio practice and because they want to exhibit more widely. In addition, the affirmation of experienced SAQA members who themselves are JAMs is important to them.
How do I begin the process and how are new JAMs accepted?
For a detailed explanation of the process as well as guidelines for preparing and submitting your portfolio, click the link below. The JAM Review Panel meets 6 times a year to review applications and SAQA offers JAM mentoring throughout the process.
I am not currently a SAQA member - can I apply to be a JAM?
SAQA membership is not required to apply for Juried Artist Membership. However, only current members can use the services of the JAM Mentor.
I am already a JAM - how do I update my website profile?
Existing JAM members can find information on updating their profile here.
I was a JAM before but let my membership lapse - do I need to reapply?
We do require lapsed JAM members to re-submit an application if more than 18 months have passed between memberships. If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
How are the interests of JAMs represented in SAQA?
JAMs are represented by JAM Representative to the Membership committee with standing charges for program oversight and development.
Sharon Bass is the current JAM Representative. Her term of service ends May 31, 2018
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org