Frequently Asked Questions
What is the size of the exhibition?
It's important for artists to know that only about 65 or so pieces of art can be chosen for Insights, due to the size of the Exhibition Hall. Judges have often commented that they have had to reject many excellent pieces from the exhibition. This occurs because after choosing all the pieces they feel are very strong and would like to see in the show, they realize they still have too many! Then they begin the very difficult job of choosing the works which will stay and form a balanced exhibition. Your artwork may be very strong and well-appreciated, but not be chosen for that year's exhibition due to space limits.
May I include an artist's statement?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions. With the volume of entries that Insights receives (over 300), it's impossible for the jurors to adjudicate in the time permitted if there are accompanying statements. Thus, the committee decided that artist's statements will not be included during jurying or as part of the exhibition. It's best if artists submit works that stand on their own without statement or explanation.
What advice can you provide to get my works accepted into Insights?
Here are five tips to get your works into the exhibition:
- Enter only your best work. Demonstrate to the judges your competence as an artist by submitting only your strongest work(s). Leave that somewhat weaker piece at home in your studio.
- Consider entering art which demonstrates an innovative approach or some level of risk-taking. Many people may buy artwork which is is safe and predictable. Jurors at respected exhibitions are looking for works which are exceptional. Consider entering work which is perhaps an original take on subject or work which has an 'edge'.
- Enter work which will have some immediate impact. Choose pieces which engage the viewer in some immediate way. Initially, your work will be thoughtfully viewed for a few minutes. Jurors will not have time to ponder very complex works for an extended time.
- Don't assume the jurors will prefer artwork similar to their own. Judges often have a more critical eye for artwork that is similar to their own. The standards which they apply to their own work are higher than those they'd use to judge other media.
How are the entry fees used?
The fees collected from artists submitting works cover about half the costs of mounting the exhibition. The awards, printing & advertising costs, website hosting, hanging fees and other associated costs for the exhibition are covered in part by the donations from our generous sponsors.
How can I let my friends and family know about Insights?
We love word of mouth! In addition to directing friends and family to the visitor section of this website, there are also printed materials available for distribution. You can find rack cards in your local tourism offices and libraries. If you would like to pick up materials (advertising or Call for Entry forms) for distribution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. New for 2018, we plan to provide some digital graphics that accepted artists can include in their social media feeds.
How are jurors selected?
We select a three-person jury which comprises both genders, alternating the balance each year (i.e. two women one year, two men the next). A juror should only serve once in a five-year period.
The jury will ideally be a combination of the following:
- Art educators at the post secondary level
- Working artists in various media (Painting, Sculpture, Fibre Arts etc.) with a history of showing regularly in accredited art galleries.
- Accredited gallery curators, and private gallery owners
- Art historians
How are the award categories decided?
This is a tough one. If you've been part of the Insights for a number of years, you'll notice that the award categories change year to year. We use data from the types of works submitted, and accepted, to the exhibition in previous years to try to create categories which will have a a balanced number of works. We strive to have sufficient distribution in broad enough categories so that there will be enough works in a given category to merit an award. Since the categories are decided ahead of the submissions, this is sometimes tricky (e.g. some years we get many ceramic works, some years very few). Artist feedback would help considerably - please take our anonymous survey or send us your thoughts!
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