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.