I’m new to the industry. How do I apply to shows?
The NAIA recently asked professional artists how they find shows new to apply to. Most artists who responded used multiple sources but the most common one is word of mouth. Speaking with artists you know who participate in shows is often the best way to find new shows and visiting a local show can be a good way to gather information.
In our survey, the most commonly cited sources of new shows after word of mouth were:
(Free to view events, most shows charge a fee to apply): the most widely used online jurying program for art shows . Zapplication lists only shows that use their jurying procedure but the list includes hundreds of events.
(Free to view events, most shows charge a fee to apply): Another common online jurying system and is used by several well known shows like Crafts America shows, the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Northern Virginia (Reston) show. Again, the website contains a list of shows that use their jurying procedure.
Additionally, artists listed the following resources as helpful in finding new events:
Resources that feature calls for entry in gallery shows:
How do I prepare my images for digital jury?
Each of the digital jurying services provides information on their website about specifications: