Three Rivers Artists Guild

Fine Art in beautiful Three Rivers, Michigan

Unacceptable for jurying

Work based on manufactured items includes, but isn’t limited to, such things as

  • Beaded jewelry assembled from purchased beads and fittings. For the purposes of the Guild, beads must be made by the artist. Any manufactured beads and fittings used must clearly play a subordinate role in the finished piece.
  • T-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, and other commercially manufactured clothes, no matter how embellished by the artist.
  • Tole painting.
  • Cut coin jewelry.
  • Pieces assembled from kits.
  • Anything made in a commercial mold, in any medium.
  • Stud earrings in commercially made settings.
  • Enamels on manufactured representational copper shapes.
  • Manufactured items.
  • Manufactured tiles with a design as a major component of the piece.
  • Dried flowers, whether they are in groups, arrangement, or bouquets.
  • Wreaths.
  • Dough art or food.

These exceptions are pretty typical of art groups, art shows, and some kinds of art&craft fairs. (This list from Judi Brook.) The ‘what is art’ debate isn’t relevant, since if you call it art, that is what it is. The Guild’s artist members would like to be represented by a certain kind of art, which is the reason for the jurying process.

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