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Columbia Invitational Process
Columbia Invitational sponsored by First National Bank
Presenting an Invitational show is not without challenges. With such a plethora of talent in one town, let alone one state, how does one determine who is to be invited?
For this reason, a relatively lengthy process involving many different people and tiers of decision making was set up. Inevitably, every great artist can not be included in each invitational show. As with any juried show, no matter how many tiers of decision making are included, there is a degree of subjectivity in each stage of the process.
Here then is the process, which CAL used for this first invitational show. CAL members and board directors were involved in the process, and several CAL artists were nominated by the nominating committee. The Exhibits Committee and the CAL Board agreed that this show should be an all encompassing show, which was not limited to CAL members but open to all artists in Missouri.
It is hoped that in subsequent years, each invitational show will be chosen by a different nominating committee and a different set of jurors so that a different group of artists is invited each year.
Exhibits Committee (CAL Board)
The exhibits committee explored various options for an opening show. The favored option by the Exhibitions Committee and the Board was to hold a Columbia Invitational, a show which would be limited to Missouri artists but open to all artists both members and non-members of CAL. From here an invitational nominating committee was put together.
Invitational Nominating Committee
The nominating committee was each asked to submit the names of 5 Missouri-based artists for the invitational show. Each of the 45 artists whose names were submitted was then asked to submit 3-5 images of recent work for the jury to consider. Some of those 45 artists were either unable to submit to the show due to prior commitments, or declined the invitation. A total of 30 artists submitted images for consideration by the jury. These images were then considered by the jury.
Each jury member was asked to award points without consultation with the other jurors to each submitted artist, 5 being the highest, 0 the lowest. From this jury process 10 clear winners emerged.
Each juried artist was asked to submit images of 3-5 works completed in the last 24 months and available for the show. 3 works were chosen for the show by Kip Goodman and Diana Moxon.