This morning I received a rejection email. A very nice and polite email notifying me that unfortunately my work was not chosen to be included in the 2015 Quilt National Exhibit.
Getting your work into Quilt National is competitive and difficult. It is considered the flagship art quilt show in the world, and only the fortunate and the best gets selected. Even so I thought my piece "Reverence / Dogwood" might have a chance. I think it has a presence (75" x 50"), as well as a message. And the leaves flutter ever so nicely in a breeze.
Like most artists I immediately started to speculate about the reason for the rejection. Second guessing the judges reasoning: Must be the raw edges. Some people don't like raw edges. Maybe it is the eco prints. Do they think they will fade? Could it be that they don't know what eco printing is? Is the technical quality poor? Color. It does not have enough color. Or is it the cross. Cross symbols can be controversial...
The truth is that it is the juror's job to choose the work they feel best represent the quality and intent of the show and my piece did not fit that criteria. I will never know if there were other explanations. And it does not really matter. Although my ego is a bit bruised, I still love this piece and I will hopefully share it in another venue before long. I am considering it the starting point for a new series of work addressing the worth and meaning the natural world, and how human behavior sometimes makes it sacrificial.
And since it will not be part of the show, I can now share it with the rest of the world. Proudly.