Each summer, hundreds of fantastic artists showcase their work at Art at the Park, a Fox Cities tradition for over 60 years. It is a challenge each year to select the accepted artists and takes the work of dedicated people who spend the necessary time and energy to do a thorough review of all applications. We would like to give you a more comprehensive understanding of the jury process.
For the application process, Art at the Park has a jury panel of three Fox Cities community members who have at least a BFA in art combined with art education, gallery, and/or other art related backgrounds. Each year the make-up of the jury panel changes so we never have the same group of people jurying the event. Using Zapplication, the jury members review your work individually and score your application on a scale of 1-5 points, with 5 being the highest score. Criteria include originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, aesthetic qualities, booth professionalism, medium and pricing. A perfect rating would be 15 points in total (5 points from each juror). Only jurors are involved with scoring applications. Other Trout Museum of Art staff members or Art at the Park sponsors are not involved in selecting accepted artists.
The jurors then meet as a group for a second round of jurying on your application to discuss you work and give a final score to your application and categorize it as a “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” Applications with a score of 3–7 points are categorized as a “No” and will not be accepted this year for Art at the Park, regardless of the number of applications still to be submitted. Applications with a score of 8–10 points are categorized as a “Maybe.” Scores with 11 points or more are a “Yes.”
We are grateful for your Application to Art at the Park and are sorry if you were not accepted this year. We hope you will consider applying again in the future. Each year the panel of jurors and the applicant pool changes. We hope that this explanation helps you understand the process better and gives you a complete picture of the how the jury operates.
Art at the Park Event Committee