How to Be Considered for Gallery Exhibition

As most of you know, Florida Craftsmen, Inc. has grown and changed exponentially over the past year and a half. The additional exhibition space has doubled our retail gallery and, in turn, many more member artists are showing their work. We feel the gallery review process needs to grow and change to accommodate more artists being renewed and reviewed.

The goal of the Retail Gallery Standards Review Committee is to facilitate a system whereby the quality and marketability of the crafts offered for sale within Florida Craftsmen, Inc. maintain a consistent standard that will benefit everyone: the buyer, seller, and artist. The committee strives to accept or decline work to the gallery based on the following criteria, which will be determined as the Standards for all craft levels:

  • Design: Must show aesthetic individuality, compositional quality, and reflect a unified body of work
  • Craftsmanship: Must show evidence of capability beyond minimal technical skills and experience with materials, tools of the medium, and their function
  • Marketability: Must be priced at a realistic ratio between the value of time and materials to the artist, and the value of the artwork to the customer.

Types of Work Considered

The following categories of craft MAY be submitted to the Gallery:

  • Clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, jewelry, and mixed media
  • Crafts using manufactured parts, pieces, or fabrics if these materials are secondary to the total design and production of the artwork.

The following categories are NOT eligible:

  • Two-dimensional artwork including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, posters, etc. not incorporated into the aforementioned craft media
  • Works executed from commercial patterns, molds, stencils or kits of any description
  • Products made solely by assemblage of purchased commercial objects, or solely by decoration of commercially produced products
  • Crafts made of consumable materials such as food preserves

Craft Levels

The Florida Craftsmen organization serves many different craft artists at several different levels. Four levels of criteria have been developed to help serve all. They are Small Craft, Fine Craft, Exhibition Craft, and CraftArt.

Please note that an artist must be a member of Florida Craftsmen in order to submit work for consideration.

Holiday Show:

  • A non-juried member's show
  • Two months showing in the gallery at height of season
  • Sales at Holiday Show are a factor for consideration to be a year round gallery artist
  • All Small Craft and Unsolicited artist submissions will only be considered at this time to be year round gallery artists

Components needed for SMALL CRAFT submission:

  • All work must be priced from $5 to $95 representing each craft medium: ceramic, glass, wood, metal, jewelry, and mixed media
  • Some assemblage is accepted but must be secondary to the artist's design
  • An artist's resume is not mandatory

Components needed for FINE CRAFT submission:

  • Five to 15 slides or photos showing a range of the artist's CURRENT work including size dimensions and materials used
  • A retail price list
  • An artist resume MUST be submitted and include where you are currently selling your work; wholesale and consignment, outdoor shows, exhibitions, and any other market where the work is sold.
  • An artist statement describing the techniques used in the creation of your work and the ideas or concepts that you want to communicate to gallery clientele
  • A return package with postage for items that you wish to be returned
  • Solicited artists will be juried and accepted according to the Standards and above Components.

Components needed for EXHIBITION submission:

  • Recommended for extension into Retail Gallery by FC Exhibition Coordinator
  • Eligibility determined by acceptance into a prior Florida Craftsmen Exhibition
  • Duration of contract to be considered for three months to two years.

Components needed for CRAFTART submission:

  • Eligibility determined by CraftArt jury selection committee
  • Duration of contract to be considered for three months to two years.

Note: Although craft pieces might meet all of the criteria at an acceptable level, the committee reserves the right to refuse work based on suitability to the atmosphere of the gallery spaces, the number of consigners we have working in the submitted medium and available space. Artists may continue to submit to the committee as new bodies of work are created, as these will be considered separately from any original refused submissions.

Review for Current Year Round Gallery Artists

Each artist will be reviewed on a yearly basis. At the end of the two year contract, the artist may be asked to sit out a year in order to:

  • Observe space considerations to allow new artists to show in gallery
  • Keep the gallery fresh with new work for our repeat customers
  • Allow artists to grow and develop at which time they may submit new work.

Submissions will be juried on a numerical scoring system from one to five based on various specifics of the Review Standards. Each artist will receive a copy of the jury form containing the specific critique of their work.

If you have any questions regarding the gallery or gallery review, please call J.C. Graham, Florida Craftsmen Gallery Manager, at (727) 821-7391.