It is a rare occasion that the public is invited to take a peek behind the curtains of an art jury process, but that is exactly what Central Oregon’s Art in the High Desert (AHD) is doing. They are opening the doors for a jury preview on March 28 from 4-6pm at St. Charles Medical Center’s main conference room.
Ranked recently in the top 15 art festivals nationwide, Art in the High Desert organizers are taking the jury process to a new level. “We have been using the online application system known as ZAPP (Zapplication.org) for years,” said show director Carla Fox. “And in the past we have used a series of calibrated computers and monitors to view the applications. This year we are moving to a state-of-the-art projection jury system. There haven’t been many opportunities for West Coast artists to see ZAPP projection jurying in action. This is it! It’s very educational and helpful to see how the jurors see artists applications and see the work of other artists in any particular media.”
ZAPP enables artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website. The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors and the system allows them to score online.
“This is not a mock jury, but a chance for artists, friends, family, and anyone interested to see how artist application images look in the ZAPP projection environment,” said AHD Board Member Shari Crandall.
The jury preview is open to the public.
For updated information you may visit the Art in the High Desert Facebook page at www.facebook.com/artinthehighdesert.
Art in the High Desert showcases over 110 talented, professional artists each year and takes place the weekend before Labor Day weekend in Bend’s Old Mill District. The 2014 festival event dates are August 22-24.