First of all, a special thank you to all of the people who made this event possible Allowing me the distinct privilege to jury this unique show is quite an honor. The overall range, individual talent and quality of these works are quite impressive. The extreme technical execution and extraordinary detail amazes me!
This exhibition has great variety in technique and subject matter, showing a broad range of approaches to the technical and formal concerns of miniature art making. A great number of pieces seemed to address formal concerns such as rendering of light, composition and use of color. All of the artworks were viewed many times very closely and carefully before final selections were made. Please keep in mind that a single juror brings a certain bias to the selection process, and sees the work through his or her own “mind and eyes.” It is entirely possible, even highly probable, that another juror may select and comprise a totally and very different show!
Congratulations to all of you, whether your work was ultimately awarded a place or not. It is truly an act of bravery to put yourself forward in such a manner, to submit work that may be very near and dear to your heart to be judged by one. Indeed, we are all so thankful that you had the courage to accept the challenge, put forth the time and effort and share with us your gifts and talents! Go forth and excel with dignity.
Never stop making art.
Thomas E. Suter