The Jury Process
ACGA Juries for new Exhibiting Members are held several times each year in San Francisco in Building C at the Fort Mason Center. Typically 20 to 25 applicants are "juried" at the same time. The Jury usually consists of 6 current Exhibiting Members (jurors) with either clay or glass experience.
Categories of Exhibiting Membership
There are two categories:
Criteria of Selection
The jurors use three distinct criteria as the basis for evaluation. An accepted applicant must be very strong in every category:
Details for Application
To be eligible to participate in a Jury, prospective applicants must reside in California and first join the Association as Associate Members. (A membership application can be downloaded by going to the Membership Information page at this website.) By joining, applicants will receive the ACGA Newsletter, Directory, and learn more about the organization. Associate Members can participate in workshops, critiques, events, and some exhibitions.
To register to be juried after becoming an Associate Member, send a Jurying Registration Form with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and indicate “clay” or “glass” with a check for $50 ($60 for Collaborating Members) to the address below. The jury fee check holds a space in the next available jury date. Note juries can fill quickly.
Upon receipt of the application and check, the applicant will be notified by email. A few weeks prior to assigned date, applicants will receive an information packet that includes directions to the Fort Mason site, jury requirements, and a final application form to bring with them to the jury.
Since the maximum number of applicants for jury event is 20, it is imperative that the application is returned quickly in order to be in the next Jury.
The Jury Event
Applicant artists setup their work between 5:00pm and 7pm the evening of the Jury. Applicants should bring a dolly to transfer their work up ramps and the elevator. Come at 5pm (not earlier) to ensure enough time to setup.
They may use one of the 6-foot by 30-inch tables provided to display their work. Typically 8 to 12 pieces can be displayed, depending on the scale of the work. Applicants are welcome to bring table coverings, risers and other items to enhance their display. Applicants may bring modest lighting that does not interfere with other exhibits. Setup must be complete by 7pm. The Jury will view and discuss the exhibits from 7 to 9:30pm. The applicants must collect their work at 9:30pm.
Typically within two weeks, applicants are notified about the results. There is no minimum or maximum number of selected new members. Over the last 5 years, roughly 25% of the applicants have been accepted as Exhibiting Members. The decisions of the Jury are final. Applicants not accepted may reapply for a future jury.
Next Jury dates (click for details)