I took the awkward feeling from last year’s event and accepted it as part of the process. So again I set to work on producing this event for the East Austin Studio Tour.
I tried to polish the prize packages with more tangible awards, namely a video profile and cash:
Jerry’s Artarama gift certificate
Domy Books gift certificate
Individual membership to Mexic-Arte
New Art Austin vol. 1-3 catalogues from AMOA
Studio visit/Video feature on Glasstire (produced by Los Outsiders)
1 GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Family-level membership to Mexic-Arte
Innovator-level membership to Arthouse
Women and Their Work 1 year membership + catalogue package
Subscription to Pastelegram (1st issue signed by artist Barry Stone & editor Ariel Evans)
Individual Membership to Blanton Museum of Art
$95 gift certificate to Holland Photo
Solo Show at grayDUCK Gallery
(l to r)
Program Director, Women and Their Work
Senior Lecturer-Art History, Texas State University
Art Editor, thedestroyermag.com
Jules Buck Jones
Member, MASS Gallery & BoozeFox Collective
The judges panel also experienced a change up. Jules Buck Jones joined as the Artist Judge and due to unforeseen circumstances, Andy Campbell graciously stepped into the Curator Judge seat at the eleventh hour.
Since last year’s Round 1 took so looooooooooooooooooong, I automated it this time with a slideshow. As the artists’ works cycled on screen, the judges answered questions concerning the open call process. Topics included; seeing/not seeing a theme from the applicants, being familiar with an artist’s work, and whether video art had an advantage in this online review, among others.
Although Round 2 was planned as a discussion of the Top Ten, three artists tied for the 9th spot. I made an exception and made it the Top Ten +1.
Again, the artists’ works cycled on screen. But instead of faces, the judges took turns talking about their interests in these works.
After talking about all Top Ten +1, the judges huddled to determine which artists would be eliminated and which would go on to Round 3.
For Round 3 each Top 4 artist brought in actual pieces for judges to look at during the live critique. Inside the building away from the audience (but with a camera broadcasting to the backyard) the judges gave each artist a 10 minute “studio visit”.
While the judges deliberated about the winner, special guest and last year’s winner Chloe Yingst made a special recognition. She chose Emma Hadzi-Antich from amongst the TOP Ten +1 to display work at 1819Rosewood for the remainder of EAST.