Jury Day 2024

The Jury Day Process

“Juried Member” designation is awarded to artists who have submitted a body of work on Jury Day deemed by a panel of independent art professionals to meet an elevated standard of excellence, according to criteria established by the League. The next Jury Day (the day when work is evaluated by the panel of jurors) will be held on February 10, 2024. Information handouts are available at the Gallery. Special Jury Day Art Critiques for registered artists will be held in January. Jury Day registration is full (there is a limit of 25) but the Wait List is open.

REGISTER NOW to be added to the Wait List. No payment is required unless you are moved from the Wait List to the event. If registered participants drop out, Wait Listed artists will be contacted in the order that they register, to see if they’d like to take the available spot. Last year, we were able to move a number of artists from the Wait List to Jury Day participation. You must be a paid member of the Sonoran Arts League in good standing to participate.

Why Become a Juried Member?

By participating in Jury Day, you’ll get the benefit of professional feedback about your work and the chance to become a Juried Member of the League.

The “Juried Member” designation is recognized…

  • In the artist’s profile on the Sonoran Arts League website;
  • Next to the artist’s name in various League publications, including the “Hidden in The Hills” (HITH) Directory;
  • On title cards when that artist shows work in Sonoran Arts League Gallery exhibitions.

Newly Juried Members will have the opportunity to…

  • Submit work to the Gallery’s Call for Art for the All Juried Members exhibition in seasonal prime-time: Mar-Apr;
  • Purchase a special “Juried Member” League badge;
  • Opt-in for a social media profile;
  • list this accomplishment on their own websites and resumes.

NOTE: Juried Member status is NOT a requirement to submit your work to a regular show at the League gallery or to participate in the HITH Studio Tour. All you need for those is membership in the League.

Types of Media and Artwork

You may submit work for Jury Day in one medium only per year, selected from the League’s Medium list when you register for Jury Day. If you become a Juried Member, you retain that status no matter what media you may choose to work in afterwards. You will be free to submit work in any medium or set of media when responding to Calls for Art, participating in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, etc.

Submitted artwork must be original work. Not allowed:

  • No work that is copied, in part or whole, from any published or locally shown work that is not your original work.
  • No pieces done in a workshop or class, student work, or work completed under the guidance of a mentor.
  • No giclée’s or photographs of original paintings printed on canvas.

Criteria for Evaluation

Jurors, who are accomplished art professionals not associated with the League, evaluate whether the submitted pieces rise to the level of a consistent and professional body of work, based on the criteria defined by the League.

Keep in mind that:

  • Jurors evaluate against set criteria but their decisions are, to an extent, subjective.
  • Artwork submitted for jurying should be in “gallery-ready” state. A short video explaining what we mean by gallery-ready will be available shortly on this page.
  • Jurors can consider a specific criterion “N/A” if it does not apply to the work being evaluated.

For More Information

To learn more, click the buttons below. If you have questions about Jury Day after reviewing these materials, please send an email to jurycommittee@sonoranartsleague.org or contact the Sonoran Arts League office at 480-575-6624.