Thank You from the 2016 Jury Chair

The 2016 Jury season was a great success due to the wonderful efforts of many people.

We had a total of 61 applicants for Phase I.  50 were admitted to Phase II (39 2D and 11 3D) and from this- 14 very talented artists were successfully juried into the TFAA.

There are many people to thank for the success of this year’s jury.  I’d like to thank the Printmakers for the use of their studio, which is always beneficial in allowing all work to be viewed and moved easily.

A huge thanks to the Jury Committee (Michele Hoben, Ann Patterson, Annemarie Feld, Tory Cowles, Min Enghauser, Judy Coady, McCain McMurray, Barbara Muth) whose considerable efforts over the last months recruiting candidates, vetting potential jurors, suggesting better ways of doing things as well as doing the demanding, energy and patience-draining work required during the four jury days of Phase II. It is a pleasure working with this great group of experienced and dedicated Committee members!

So many people helped with the logistics of getting all the applicants to the third floor, checking them in, and arranging their work to their best advantage for the jury, and then checking them out again. Sheep Jones, Jim Steele, Joann Tooley and Fran Livaditis stood curbside to manage parking, welcomed and directed the applicants to the third floor.

Richard – you were so kind to come in even earlier to make sure the doors were open and things were in place for receiving day and Juror days.

Many thanks to all the art handlers who worked mostly behind the scenes to carry, set up, take down and return applicant’s work safely. Jim Dean, Lois Benson, Gail Saour, Gwen Grain, Susie Cohen, Guy Jones (who stepped in whenever he was needed with a big smile on his face), Niki Pickett, Marietje Chamberlain, Laurie Fields (and Teddy), and Chris Cardellino.

The registration volunteers for both check-in and check-out were respectful, circumspect, patient and empathetic. Ruth Gowell, Candace Edgerley, Jennifer Stone, Leah Sturgis, Ann Barbieri, Susan Finsen, Betty Grisham, and Estelle Vernon.

Pete McCutchen did a wonderful job again as CD handler, preparing the files to be viewed in the Jury room in a very efficient manner.

During the jury days, there is a whole team of people that streamline and facilitate the jury process.  Both sets of jurors commented on how wonderful it was to have an assistant to help them view the work and review the CD and artist statement.  Min Enghauser is as always a huge help making the additional images easy for the jurors to access. The scribes were there during the entire juror review, helping the jurors morning and afternoon, rearranging work during the juror break, cleaning up and organizing things again at the end of the day.  It is hard work.  Thank you to Judy Coady, McCain McMurray, Michele Hoben, Joan Ulrich, Barbara Muth and Tanya Davis.

A BIG thank you to Abbey McClain, who secured the parking permits, edited the Newly Juried Artists packages, organized social media ads, ran copies and helped me wherever and whenever I asked her. Thanks!!

Kaitlyn Ward and Leslie Mounaime did a beautiful job hanging the newly juried artists’ show.  Thank you for hosting the reception and welcoming all our new artists.

My sincere thanks to everyone for helping through this year’s jury season.


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