So finally, finally after much debate and inner dialogue and tough decisions the artists for the exhibit at the Textile Arts Center have been chosen. This was by far the most difficult curation I have had to do...
partially because it is a huge show and will hopefully get tons of attention but that also means the pressure is on for me to do an amazing job. This show is an opportunity to get my name out there as a curator and that is awesome but it also makes me feel like it has to be a blow out show. So my fingers are crossed that it will all come together as I would like.
In addition I had a HUGE number of applicants to choose from and with space limitations and the fact that 2 of the works selected are 16 ft long my decision process was so hard. So much good work to choose from and only so many walls to fill. I could have easily made the show twice as big and just as good or made just a quilt show!!!
And lastly this call really got out there much more than previous calls. Which means people that do not know me or my work at all applied. So that meant I had a huge variation in the work submitted and plenty of it outside of my normal aesthetic. In some ways this was great as I chose some unexpected work and got exposed to so many fabulous artists. But it also made the final curation more difficult as I had the challenge of how do I exhibit such varied work but still keep a cohesive thread through the entire exhibit.
And weirdly, this call was the first time I had to face the nastiness of some artists. I had a number of people that got quite offended and down right nasty that I did not select them. I was shocked mainly for the obvious reason of the fact that I find this to be TOTALLY unprofessional and silly. But it also was confusing to me, I mean I clearly understand that when I apply for an exhibit I may not be selected and about as often as I am I am not. This is part if the experience of being an artist. Curators have a vision and regardless of the quality of your work you may or may not fit into this vision. So the nasty people were a little hard to swallow but luckily it was made up for by the MANY kind emails from other artists that I very much hope to work with in the future. There was just so many amazing pieces submitted it was overwhelming.
So keep checking in for more details on the show and mark your calenders for September 17th for the opening. Hope to see you there!!!