But I think they're shooting me more than my share of crap lately.
This calendar year alone, for example, my art has been rejected from:
1. The national Fiber Directions exhibition in Wichita, Kansas: http://www.wcfta.com/images/FiberProspectus_2013.pdf
The juror for that show rejected these pieces:
|Jack O'Lantern Mushrooms|
|Dog in Eel Grass, which is made with hair from my dogs|
The juror for that show rejected this piece, Thus Spake Zarathustra, which just last summer was juried into Art Quilts Lowell 2012, a venue of the Lowell Quilt Festival:
3. The 102nd annual exhibition of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts http://ctacademy.org/.
|Two Ways of Looking at Seaside Goldenrod, a piece that won second prize in the West Hartford Art League's 2012 Juried Show|
|Deconstruction, a look at the destruction wrought by squirrels on the cones of a Norway spruce in my yard|
4. Local Color, an exhibition sponsored by the Connecticut affiliate of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Association, of which I am a member. This rejection is particularly galling because I'm currently working with a small group of folks to bring this traveling show to the Legislative Office Building, an impressive space in Hartford.
The Local Color jurors for that exhibition rejected these pieces:
|The Charter Oak, based on the painting by Frederic Edwin Church. This one even has an image of the Connecticut State Seal on the back, including the state motto, Qui Transtulit Sustinet. Does this not qualify as local color?|
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I also, during these first few months of 2013, I had not one but two solo shows, had work received into one juried show, and sold a significant piece of art.
Still, rejection hurts, and I'm sulking.
I'm also regrouping and considering what, if anything, to do next.
At least I can say that I finished my first sock today: