The key to La Quinta Arts Festival’s phenomenal success is our ability to join forces with the best artistic talent in the country. This is accomplished through a sophisticated jury process performed by both peer and professional jury members who are different each year. Four to five jurors are designated for each of the dozen Categories of Art, giving us an extensive panel of jurors to evaluate almost 900 artist applications.
This blind jury process is conducted totally on-line through ZAPP, a web based artist application system enabling us to engage jurors from across the nation. All that is required by a juror is their expertise in specific media, and access to a high quality computer system.
In his response to being invited to become a La Quinta Arts Festival 2011 Juror, Artist David Bjurstrom from Ashland, Oregon wrote:
Interestingly, thanks to how small the world has become with technology, I’ll be doing my part of it from Cape Town, South Africa, where I’ll be for the month of November. I will have my computer and internet access, so it should work fine. Just kind of amazes me that such things are possible!”
Jurying for La Quinta Arts Festival 2011 will take place November 8-11, 2010. It will be conducted by a panel of 43 jurors made up of art educators, professional artists, museum and gallery curators, public arts administrators, and editors who reside all over the state of California, as well as in Montana, Illinois, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Kentucky, and even Canada.
Collectively, they will view several thousand digital images submitted by applicants to select the 230 artists and alternates that will be invited to exhibit in the 29th Annual event scheduled March 10-13, 2011. Their role is vital to the continued success of La Quinta Arts Festival.