Monday, April 24, 2006

No Name Rejection...

A long long while back (August 2005), I entered what I believed to be my strongest work for consideration by a local museum. Attached to my entry were ten slides including, Sweet Dreams, Breakfast in Bed, Better Days, Leftovers, Empty, Hungry Couple, Core, Solitary, and Origin. Everything was clearly labeled, and I even included references from past exhibitions to prove my professionalism. At any rate, Just recently I received a reply to my efforts:

"We at the John Smith Memorial Art Museum appreciate your dedication as an artist and wish you much success with your career goals. The Museum's exhibition committee met and reviewed all submissions for future shows. At this time we are returning the materials you submitted to us. The committee felt at this time they did not fit into our schedule of exhibitions.

Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.


John Smith

Not even a salutation to me, or even my own name. They must just churn out rejection letters at an alarming rate, sign them, and slap them into SASE's without a moment's thought. And really, if they recieved that many entries, I'm sure they had no choice. I at least prefer the rejection letters with my name on them. You know they had to pay more attention slipping them into the right envelopes at least. ;)


Blogger Dave said...

That's two-thirds of a year of processing time! Is that sort of delay normal for art galleries?

Most art gallery owners I've come across - not that there have been that many, really - seem quite proud people, confident of their good taste and general fantasticness. It's odd someone who's probably just like that can't even address a letter properly :)

4/28/2006 1:53 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

My guess is (if I can recall correctly) was that they had an open call for 2007. While it did take them quite a long time to sort through everything, I agree that it wouldn't take that much extra time to use the mail merge feature on their computers to address the letters. The date was actually handwritten on, so my guess is that they just keep a stack of these letters on the ol' copy machine ready to go when needed.

As for turn around time... yeah, the longest I've waited in the past for such a call to be reviewed was four months - and THAT one I got in so it was well worth the wait. ;)

4/29/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Steven Givler said...

I've been visiting galleries in person here in Carmel, CA lately. Being rejected in person is maybe worse than a letter, but it's much more timely.

Of course positive responses are much more fun in person too.

You can see my paintings at

5/01/2006 8:26 PM  

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