Here’s a list of possible offenses and acts of unprofessionalism that a museum could inflict upon an artist during a juried exhibition. Not that any of this actually happened to me. I’m just sayin’.
1. Select artist for juried exhibition, then when he calls to inquire about details inform him (wrongly) that he was not selected.
2. After making arrangement for artist to ship artwork to museum (on his own dime), never acknowledge receipt of artwork despite artist’s inquiry into the matter. Never provide artwork loan agreement document.
3. Do not provide artist with announcement cards, press release, or any other related exhibition details.
4. Do not update museum website to announce exhibition before it opens (or even after it opens). In fact, continue to list the exhibition as an upcoming call for proposals even after it comes to a close.
5. Misspell the artist’s name on the press release. Do not acknowledge this mistake even after artist brings it to your attention.
6. Do not invite artist to the “reception for the artists.”
7. Although artwork was shipped with specially prepared and easy-to-understand installation instructions, disregard instructions and install artwork incompletely and incorrectly. (On second thought, good call on not inviting artist to the reception.)
8. Misspell title of artwork on wall text.
9. Post information on your website specifying the date and time artists are expected to pick up their artworks. When artist arrives at said date and time, be completely surprised and unprepared to return artwork.
10. Do not release artwork to artist without artwork loan agreement (which was never provided in the first place — see #2). If artist persists in his efforts to reclaim his artwork despite the lack of a loan agreement, make him sign an artwork loan agreement even though the loan is now over. If you don’t have a blank artwork loan agreement form, just white out the information on a copy of another artist’s agreement and use that as your “blank” form.
No, this didn’t happen to me. Really.