Each year, Portland Open Studios selects new jurors from Portland’s arts community to view and score each applicant’s submitted artwork images:
Three jurors: One artist, one curator, and one educator.
We believe this allows us to provide opportunities for emerging artists while keeping a fresh look at the Portland art scene.
2017 Juror’s announced:
Caitlin Moore, Gallery Manager at PDX Contemporary
Jiseon Lee Isbara, Fiber artist and Professor at OCAC
& Jill McVarish, painter
We use a blind jury process. The jurors do not receive information identifying the artists. They evaluate the art based on the three images uploaded by each applicant. Each juror provides an individual rating. The juror can not see scores from other jurors. The three juror’s scores are averaged to provide the final score.
A committee views the scores and determines the final 100+ artists with 3-5 alternatives. In the event of tied scores at the threshold of acceptance, the committee takes multiple factors under consideration and applies our goals for diversity, neighborhood density, variety of media, ratio of new to returning artists, and the past level of engagement of the artist.
The percentage of previous participants admitted generally does not exceed 55% of the total number of participants.