Applications submitted by 802 artists vying for a spot in La Quinta Arts Festival 2010 have been reviewed and scored by a panel of 40 jurors comprised of educators, professional artists, curators, and art authorities. In addition to the peer artists who are selected to jury based on peer respect, quality of work and booth display, we also have professional jury members that add another level of integrity to the process. This year five jurors possess Ph.D.’s in the fine arts, four have master’s degrees, and together they represent such prestigious institutions as Brooks Institute of Photography, Gem Institute of America, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, College of the Desert, Riverside Art Museum & Council and the Smithsonian Institution.
The ‘blind jury’ process is handled completely online, enabling La Quinta Arts Foundation to reach jurors from across the nation. The jurors sign into a secure website where they view and score the five images submitted by each of the artists; four images of the artist’s work and one booth display image. In addition jurors are able to read details on the size of the artwork, the artist’s process and materials used. Five jurors are designated for each category of art according to their particular area of expertise. They have three days to score and review the category they have been assigned.
The jury process LQAF uses is unique among many fine art festivals in that most shows retain one set of jurors (usually between 3 and 10 members total) to judge all media categories in a staged viewing where there is minimal time to score and review.
The process LQAF employs has served to keep La Quinta Arts Festival progressive and vibrant over the years, delivering a balanced show of diverse work and recognizing emerging talent. The 28th La Quinta Arts Festival will be no exception for over 25 percent of the artists invited will be exhibiting with us for the first time.
Check back on this website in January 2010 to see which artists will be exhibiting in 2010. Then make plans to come see them in person at the 28th La Quinta Arts Festival, March 11-14 at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus.