2020 Spring Art Exhibition & Sale - Jury Process

Our jury process works as follows:

Each year three new independent jurors are selected by the Monson Arts Council Art Show Committee.


After all entries are delivered, our jurors are invited to the House of Art here in Monson.

Each juror independently views each piece of physical artwork.  If the juror selects a piece, an accompanying representative for the Art Show Committee affixes a ‘sticker’ to the artwork.  The 'sticker' is affixed to the back of the artwork so that each juror will be unaware of any selections made by prior jurors.

Digitally submitted work is viewed on a computer screen in landscape mode (typically 1920x1080).  In a similar manner, a record is kept of selected items.  Again, the juror will be unaware of any selections made by prior jurors.


At the end of this process, any piece selected by 2 or 3 jurors is ‘Selected for the Exhibition’.

Usually, this process yields about 90-110 pieces; enough to form a good exhibition.

If the Art Show Committee considers there are too few pieces selected in this first pass, the jurors are asked if they would like to re-review artwork selected by at least one juror.  Any juror who did not previously select a particular piece, may chose to select it at this time. Any piece may end up being selected by an additional one or two jurors.  The jurors may or may not select additional pieces.  In the unlikely event there are too many pieces selected in the first pass, jurors are asked if they wish to reconsider any selection.  


At the end of this process:

  • Artwork chosen by two or three jurors is ‘Selected for the Exhibition’.

  • Artwork chosen by all three jurors become eligible for ‘Prizes and Awards Selection’.


Prizes and Awards Selection:

Prizes (other than People’s Choice, Committee Choice and President's Choice awards) are awarded at the sole discretion of the jurors. The jurors must be unanimous in awarding a prize.  Should a category have few entries, certain prizes may not be awarded. 


Some restrictions:

  • Family members. working colleagues and very close friends of jurors may enter the Exhibition and their artwork may be selected by the above process. However, a juror must recuse themselves from voting for any piece entered by such artists.  Consequently, such pieces can never be eligible for a juried prize. Such pieces may however, be awarded the People’s Choice, Committee Choice and/or President's Choice award.

  • A juror should identify Artwork entered by a close friend of theirs.  It is to the remaining two jurors to decide whether the artwork should be a eligible for a prize.


  • Members of the Monson Arts Council Art Show Committee and Board of Directors may enter the Exhibition, and their artwork may be selected for the show by the above process. However, such pieces may never be awarded a Monetary Prize, though they are eligible to receive an Honorable Mention Award and/or the People’s Choice Award.   A Committee or Board member who has entered artwork may not be present at any time during the jury process.

P. O. Box 306

Monson, MA 01057

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