Lisa Call is at it again. Stirring up all kinds of mischief on her blog. Thank goodness! Somebody needs to keep us on our toes and question the status quo.
Seriously, Lisa is introducing an important (and controversial) topic. Her postings are about the contemporary quiltworld, but much of what she (and her commenters) have to say could apply to other sections of the artworld. And, yes, the artworld is sectioned!
I’d like to see the top artists leave many of the juried shows behind and move on. This would leave juried shows as the place for those just starting out – absolutely essential – I’m not saying all juried shows should go away. But I think the relative importance of such shows is the problem.
I wrote about this some time ago in an article called “Move On.” It’s hard to know when it’s time to move on, but essential to your career. You can’t stay in juried shows forever and expect grand success. But, if the quiltworld is as Lisa describes, it sounds like there aren’t just one or two that don’t know when it’s time to move on, but that it’s an epidemic. That stymies everyone! Everyone is being held back.
I’m not summarizing her points very well, but you should read Lisa’s original post about helping quiltmakers gain respect (link no longer available). While you’re there, be sure to read all of the comments and her follow-up posts.
Image: (c)2007, Lisa Call. Structures #50.