An assortment of catalogs from Art Quilt compeitions.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a piece about criteria you might consider when entering juried exhibitions. In the list of considerations I included whether or not the sponsors publish a catalog.
When I began entering art quilt shows I was totally surprised by how many shows printed catalogs. I felt and do feel this is an important element but as our world continues to move toward doing everything digitally I've been thinking this may quickly become a perk of the past.
During the last year I was in one show which in previous years had published a catalog but this year they opted to make a CD instead. I am also aware of some sponsors setting up catalogs online. If you want a catalog you pay and print directly from the online service. I have not done this myself but I have to say this is preferable to no publication.
It's wonderful to be able to go back a few years and look at what work and which artists were in a specific exhibition. I'm thinking now that an additional option or feature could be a permanent online archive of work from shows. Not just juried shows but any show that wanted to participate. This could be done by individual museums, galleries etc. or there might be some organization that wanted to become the "national archive" of art quilt shows and competitions. I know there are organizations which are collecting images of work as a general archive of what is being done with art quilts but this would be a different angle. There could even be a option where you could select and print a catalog from this kind of archive. This could possibily be another avenue for museums or organization to generate income.
OK entreperneurs! What do you think?
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