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Juried Shows: All Women Art Exhibition & SWAN Day

March is Women Artists Month
All Women Art Exhibition - March 2015

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I was honored to be the guest judge for the 4th Annual “All Women” competition. The gallery received 1,154 entries from 27 different countries (including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Cypress, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and Venezuela) and from 43 different U.S. states.

Every artist who submitted art to the “All Women” Online Art Competition sponsored by Light Space & Time deserves a note of commendation. Each one created many works, selected one or more and added an artist statement. That takes acts of creativity, choice and completion. And these acts deserve - and were given - extreme care in the jurying process.

In making my selections from the works that John R. Math asked me to review, I brought many perspectives to my choices. Among them aptitude, breadth, composition, depth, effects, flair, gradations, hues, inspiration, joy, kinds, lines, materials, nuances, optics, perspective, qualities, range, styles, texture, unity, variety, wit, xylography, yantra and zen.

Artists often ask me how the jurors make selections. That’s a question you should ask each one, for – just as in making art – there is no objective set of rules.

That said, here was my process:

  • I considered each entry individually three times from my eye as an artist, advisor and collector. 
  • Next, I sorted and resorted the entries in each category at least a dozen times until ten stood out in each group. 
  • Finally - the most difficult task was ranking those ten, especially when they came from 1154 entries. Several sorts took several hours.

Brava to all who entered and won!

All winning entries are featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of March 2015. You can feast your eyes here.

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now

SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. 

You can be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women artists.

The official date for the 8th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 28, 2015, but please feel free to celebrate any time during March or April that is convenient for you. The spirit of SWAN events is far more important than the exact dates.

There have been over 1,200 SWAN Day events in 24 countries in the first seven years of this new holiday. To get a sample of the range of the events, please visit 


If you’ve never entered competitions, here are a few articles I’ve written:

The Ins and Outs of Juried Shows

Juried Shows: Three Good Reasons to Enter 

Juried Shows: Enter the S.M.A.R.T. Way 

Juried Shows: A Juror's Inside Story 

The Backstory of a Juror's Inside Story

I understand the challenges of many kinds that we face as women, artists and members of the human race. Let me know how I can help you make a decision to enter. The first 15 minutes is on me. 

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