To apply for any of our three artist membership types, please submit the following:
- Application information and list of works to be juried
- Artwork as jpeg files on CD or work itself in a portfolio
- $30 jury fee for the first medium in which you want to be juried and $10 for each additional medium
- Artist Statement
An appointment with someone on the committee will be made for an interview to discuss your membership. If your work is accepted you will receive a formal letter of acceptance. If you have questions, feel free to give us a call at (217) 422-1509 or visit the gallery at 160 E. Main St., Suite #100, Decatur, IL 62523.
Gallery 510 accepts artists based on the quality of the artwork. As a not-for-profit organization, Gallery 510is committed to the development of artists and to exposing the general public to quality artwork. We encourage all artists, regardless of media, to apply. We seek diverse subject matter and styles. The public is looking for abstract as well as realistic artwork.
Each application must include resume and artist statement to be considered in the jury process. The artist’s statement should be brief (no more than 250 words). Provide some insight into who inspires your artwork or explain your style. What are your subjects or the themes of your artwork. Give some insight into what you are trying to achieve with your artwork. It can also be a combination of these.
Your work will be juried by a panel of professional artists. The use of juries is a common practice in the field of art. By employing a panel of fellow artists, artwork is judged by several people objectively rather than submitted to the subjective tastes of any one judge. Gallery 510’s purpose in using juries is not to create an exclusive club of artists; rather we use juries to ensure that the quality of work displayed in our gallery is of the highest possible quality in terms of style and technical skill. It is also to ensure that it is professionally presented.
After your application and attachments are submitted, you will be contacted to discuss your artwork and participation in helping run the Gallery. Your work will be evaluated in these three areas:
- The artist’s handling of the media shows control, skill, and experience
- The design or composition exhibits knowledge of and skill in using the principles of design (balance, rhythm, unity, etc.)
Level of Achievement
- The work shows that it has taken time, thought, knowledge, and skill
- There is design consistency with each work and in the artist’s body of work
- The overall impression of the materials submitted conveys that the applicant is a competent artist. (i.e. application guidelines have been thoroughly followed; artist statement and resume are neatly presented and clearly stated).
Each juror will use a scale of 1 to 6 to evaluate your artwork in each of the preceding categories. The score is a numerical translation of the following:
1 = not acceptable
2 = somewhat acceptable
3 = shows promise
4 = good
5 = very good
6 = excellent
The scores you receive in each category are added and divided by the number of jurors. This produces an average score in each of the three areas judged. These average scores are then added together and divided by 3 (the number of categories) to receive an overall average. An overall average score of 4 or better is required to be accepted for membership.
Notification will be sent via U.S. mail informing you as to whether or not your work has been accepted.
For accepted applicants, you will receive a contract that must be signed and returned to Gallery 510 Art & Framing with the appropriate annual dues before your work may be exhibited if you are a Member of Emerging Artist. Annual dues will be pro-rated during the fiscal year. Student Artists need only return the signed contract and copy of student ID. Please note that only work in your juried medium/media may be exhibited in the Gallery. You may choose to jury additional media at any time. A jury fee of $10 will be charged for any additional medium.
For applicants who have not been accepted, your overall average score as well as the average scores you received in each category will be provided. Gallery 510 Art & Framing does not provide written comments on work, nor is the staff authorized to discuss scores. We provide these scores as a means by which applicants might seek to develop their work, perhaps through further study or classes.
Thank you, again, for your interest in our organization. All of our members and staff wish you the best of luck in this jury process and in all your artistic endeavors.