Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Looking for Rejection

About a month ago I set out to get my artwork rejected.  For too long I avoided entering my work into juried competitions because of my anxiety that my work was not strong enough.  I used to think, “I don’t want to pay a fifty dollar entry fee just to have my artwork rejected.”   However, after many conversations with other artists, I now realize that rejection is a part of the experience of being an artist.   Every artist that I have talked to or read about has had artwork rejected.  If I am going to work as an artist then I need the experience of rejection.  In the past month I have submitted work to three juried shows and I plan to keep looking for ways to get some rejections under my belt.