The Jury Process

All ACGA Exhibiting members have been accepted in by a jury of their peers. ACGA Juries for new Exhibiting Members are held two times each year, March (digital only) and in October (digital or in-person). We will typically jury 20 to 25 applicants at a time. The Jury consists of 5 current Exhibiting Members (jurors) with either clay or glass experience. There is no minimum or maximum number of selected new members. Over the last 5 years, roughly 25% of the applicants have been accepted as Exhibiting Members. The decisions of the Jury are final. Applicants not accepted may reapply for a future jury.

Criteria of Selection

The jurors use three distinct criteria as the basis for evaluation. An accepted applicant must show strength in every category:

  • Aesthetics: Consideration is given to both the form and surface treatment. Is the work integrated? Does it have emotional impact and vitality?
  • Craftsmanship: Consideration of the technical mastery and general control of the materials is examined.
  • Personal Identity: Is the artist's personality and integrity communicated? Has the applicant explored the medium enough to have developed a personal means of expression? How interesting or strong is the overall quality?

Categories of Exhibiting Membership

Exhibiting Member is an individual whose work has been accepted by an ACGA jury as upholding and enriching the professional and artistic quality of the Association.

Collaborative Exhibiting Member is a team of two artists that produce one line of work that meets the same criteria as an Exhibiting Member. The team juries, exhibits and sells work together.

How to Apply

The next jury will be Monday, October 10. Prospective members who wish to have their work juried in-person will be showing their pieces at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Members who wish to jury digitally can follow the steps below.

Become an ACGA Associate Member: To be eligible for Jury, prospective applicants must reside in California and be a current Associate Member. Click here to become a member.

Pay your jury fee: There is a $50 non-refundable jury fee for single exhibiting members, $60 for Collaborating Members. Click here to pay a single jury fee, click here to pay the collaborative fee.

Complete the jury application form.  Click here to complete the Jury Application form.

Submit your materials (digital jury only): Mail a CD, readable on Mac computer, or submit all files digitally via DropBox (OneDrive) to the Jury Coordinator (address below). Email attachments will not be accepted. Please note that the quality of your images will factor into the jury's decision, and non-professional images will not be evaluated.

Email the following files saved as .pdf to the Jury Coordinator :

-CV or resume.
-Artist statement.
-Artist bio
-Image list list with corresponding titles, dimensions, medium, process description. Your image names must correspond to the image list you provide as a .pdf file. For example: #1. Blue Cup, 5x3x3in (HxWxD), stoneware, thrown and hand-altered, unglazed, wood-fired.
Upon receipt of the application package, the applicant will be notified by email. If the upcoming jury is full, you will be placed on a waiting list to secure the spot for the next jury.

The Jury will review, discuss and jury the submitted artwork. Applicants will be notified about the results by the end of October. 

The In-Person Jury: You will bring your work to the designated jury event in San Francisco on the specified date and your work will be evaluated in person by members of the jury. Your presence is not required during the actual jurying process.

Artists must bring a printed copy that includes the following:

-CV or resume.
-Artist statement.
-Artist bio
Applicant artists set up their work between 5:00pm and 7pm the evening of the Jury. Applicants should bring a dolly to transfer their work up ramps and the elevator. Come at 5pm (not earlier) to ensure enough time to set up.

Artists may use one of the 6-foot by 30-inch tables provided to display their work. Typically 8 to 12 pieces can be displayed, depending on the scale of the work. Applicants are welcome to bring table coverings, risers and other items to enhance their display. Applicants may bring modest lighting that does not interfere with other exhibits. Setup must be complete by 7pm. The Jury will view and discuss the exhibits from 7 to 9:30pm. The applicants must collect their work at 9:30pm.

The Jury will review, discuss and jury the submitted artwork. Applicants will be notified about the results by the end of October. 

Jury Coordinator

Questions? Please contact Julia Feld if you have any questions regarding the jury process.

Julia Feld
277 Esteban Way
San Jose, CA 95119
(408) 768-8714


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