The Burklyn jury consists of members of the Council’s craft committee, which includes artists chosen for their experience and high level of craftsmanship. The panel reviews each applicant’s work as objectively as possible according to Burklyn Arts Council standards. Your work will be reviewed by the jury and rated on its technical proficiency and originality as well as by the aesthetic judgment of the jurors, following specific guidelines. Overall presentation, including marketing details and booth design, are also considered.
Burklyn accepts work in clay, wood, glass, fiber, metal and other craft media. Fine art, photography, sculpture, and mixed media are also accepted. Burklyn does not accept work made from commercial kits, molds, patterns or stencils. Items made from the assembly of purchased parts or that are commercially produced and then decorated are not acceptable. Purchased beads in jewelry may be included only when used to accent or highlight a piece of the jeweler’s own design and execution that is the central element of the piece. That is, commercially produced elements may be used only in a manner that transforms their original design. We accept some specialty food items but limit the number of food booths at each fair.
Applicants must submit a minimum of three samples of one craft to be juried. Most submit more than that to ensure an adequate representation of their body of work. We also encourage you to include photographs (thumb drives, web sites and email are fine) in addition to the samples. Be sure to include a detailed description of your work process, including information on your techniques and anything else pertinent to understanding your art. Please also include a booth photo or description.
Burklyn requires either a photograph or detailed description of your booth. Note that the booth must be enclosed on three sides and allow entrance and exit without relying on your neighbor’s space. No stored items may be visible during the show.
Retail prices and appropriate labeling for material content are required and should be included with your jury submission. Business cards, brochures and signage must be appropriate to the craft exhibited and for the fair.
Jury samples may be shipped or brought in person to the jury. See the application form for details. We will return your shipped items if you have included return postage. Jury results will be released within seven (7) days of the jury.
The jury process is an excellent way to gather feedback about your work, especially if you are new to the business. Many craftspeople jury several times before gaining acceptance and becoming tenured artists. Others may be accepted and placed on a wait list if the upcoming fair is already full or if that particular craft is over-represented at the upcoming fair. If your work is not accepted, you may reapply to Burklyn after one year. If your work is not accepted due to the exclusions noted in paragraph 2, we will do our best to suggest other markets and fairs for which your work may be better suited.