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Acting as a Juror

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

The art quilt world is discussing the jury process on these two blogs:

I have been on both sides as juror and as accepted and not accepted ( I hate the word rejected) I can tell every juror I know of takes this job on with a little or a lot of trepidation.

Some people who are asked to jury say no because of how hard it is. One year when I was on the SAQA committee we decided we would love to see what Hilary Fletcher ( from QN) would pick if she got to make the selections. All those years as director of QN and never the one to choose.

SO we asked her to do a jury selection for a SAQA show. She didn’t even hesitate to say no. Turned us down flat with out hesitation. Her reaction was “But all those people who would enter are my friends!”

And that is what just about every art quilter who acts as a juror faces. Unless she has had her head in the sand she will recognize some of the work.

But when you are in the dark making selections you feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to be objective, to be on your top game and notice the little details that make something subtle shine, to pay attention to each slide and keep your energy up through out the process. It is exhausting.

If the promoters have done a good job, you have a great field to choose from. At the end the process gets really difficult with say 10 quilts vying for 3 or so spots. It gets to be a little like pulling off bandaids. Each one you have to let go stings a little.

Then the round of looking through those not selected one last time, just to make sure, is a little sad. Some of those in that set are wonderful and just got beat out by 100th of a second <G> On occassion, sure enough, a gem that got missed somehow….bummer back to those selected to see what happens now !

Then you are all done, and you get to see who made what, to match the names up to the work. Of course being me, I have to go back and see the names on the slides of the almost chosen.

Then there is a sense of accomplishment and pride. And more trepidation because you know that some people will be hurt by your selections and others will be crowing and happy dancing.

Fine Focus

Monday, November 19th, 2007


Denise DeMarie’s Aerial Geography


I thought people might be interested in what I do as a curator. One of the things Judy and I do after each FF exhibition is unpack each quilt and inspect it for damage. Each quilt is mounted on stretcher bars. I make a label for the plastic bag that protects each quilt. On the label is a pic of the quilt and the artists statement and techniques and so on. Then as the museum staff is arranging and hanging the the work, it stays protected in its bag and gives info for the staff to learn from.

We are currently negotiating FF08 so stay tuned!

Pics from my show

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Pics from my show are up at

Click on Art League at the top, then gallery

Virtual Tour

The art center has done a great job of documenting the show with a virtual gallery .  My quilts are towards the end of the slide show.


I am working on the quilt for the hospital again this week. Last week I dyed the background and cut out the horses. Manes to do today and auditioning the horses on the background

Alvin Community College called yesterday and wants me to do a solo show in October.

I got into IQA’s judged show and will have three works there this year, “Pumped”  in the judged show, “Doing the Can Can” will be in the SAQA “Creative Force” Exhibition  ( I am also the curator so very happy the juror Rebecca Stevens of the Textile Museum in Washington chose my only entry that was large enough to enter) and “Trowel and Error” will be in the “In Full Bloom” exhibition


Saints and Sinners and Wise Cracking Women

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

“Saints, Sinners and Wise-Cracking Women”  Juror’s Statement by Kim Ritter 

The dolls in “Saints, Sinners and Wise-Cracking Women” illustrate the vibrancy and range of the art doll form.  The theme seems to have evoked some pretty funny takes on life. The most successful dolls carry on a conversation with the viewer and tell a story.

sin.jpg“The Sin” by Neva Waldt is a wry comment on the concept of sin and the dolls are made with loving detail that the viewer can’t help but feel they know these two women personally. Her “Bernice and the Nude Model” is another funny look at human condition. While the doll is not moving, a whole scene plays out in the viewer’s mind at first glance. We can almost hear her gasp.


“Hypocrisy” by Marsha Krohn is another doll pushing the envelope by using the doll as social commentary. Her doll “Some Gourd Advice” is hilarious.


Janet Bodin makes a real statement with her funny and telling “Old Bag and Saucy Baggage”. Bodin has created a real sense of persona with “Harijuku Girl: Take a Picture-It’ll Last Longer”.

Pepper Hume makes use of a bell as an ingenious hanging device to give her figure movement and rhythm while evoking the image of poor “Quasimodo”.

Donna Sims “Greed” is a whimsical imp complete with an abundance of wonderful details of like money and chocolate bars. He makes me smile.

Another funny doll full of individuality is “Dahling” by Marlene Slobin. Joyce Patterson’s “A Wine Princess” is funny but sad while Betty Ruble’s “Saint and Sinner” exhibits a sense of ironic humor. Angela Jareki’s “Abundance” is a different take on the concept of plenty.

Camille Pratt’s dolls, such as “Garden at Midnight” exude stately beauty. Rosie Rojas’ “Remembrance” and Bodin’s “ Lot’s Wife” are distinctly haunting. The exhibition of Texas Original Art Doll Association work is colorful, inviting and fun. These doll makers demonstrate a high degree of technical skill while pushing the envelope conceptually.  .