How to apply for membership in a prestigious art organization. The Torpedo Factory Artist's Association
Fleeting Imagination, 18"x14," oil on panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, $800
Having lived in the Washington, DC area for decades, I have visited the Torpedo Factory Art Center more frequently than I can begin to say. Between taking classes, visiting artist studios and showing my work in juried exhibitions there, I have spent countless hours at this artist's mecca.
For years I have also considered throwing my canvas into the ring to become a part of the Torpedo Factory Artist's Association. That said, I knew that being accepted was not an easy task. Fear played a role as it often has when I was faced with the clear-eyed possibility of rejection.
In fact, I experienced that rejection a few years ago when I applied. Didn't even make it through the "first round" in the battle.
This time was different. The art goddesses smiled on me, and I recently received my acceptance. I am thrilled.
To see the art that I submitted, click read more.
The Survivor, 24"x36," oil on canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, $2100
For those of you who may be simply curious, I am going to provide a detail of the process. For others, I will show you the ten pieces of art that I used to get through the first phase.
The jurying process is completely blind. Odd expression when judging visual arts, I know. What that means is there are no personal identifications on the images you submit.
Artists are asked to send in ten images of their work via an online form for the first phase (those ten paintings are shown in this post). That means culling through the strongest pieces that you have done, of course. There was 1 judge for the first phase.
If you should make it through the first phase, you will be required to bring in 5 original paintings that were included in your original ten. In my case, that meant that I had to have at least 5 of the ten paintings available, and several had already sold (a problem that I am grateful to have).
Finally, you also needed a USB Drive with 12-20 images for the judges to review as well. For those of you counting, that means at least twenty-two images total. I provided twenty-eight total images.
This second, and final phase, is judged by 3 different judges.
As you can see, this is not for the feint of heart. First you must have an abundance of strong artwork. Second, you must prepare all the images to be viewed by the judges. That means having your artwork well photographed and sized in a format that can be read as per the instructions provided. It is a long process that requires work, fortunately this is labor that I LOVE!
Oasis, 20"x16," oil on panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, $895
Tucked In, 12"x12," oil on canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, $600
Wild Infatuations, 36"x48," oil on canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, private collection
A Comfortable Space, 8"x8," oil on panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, private collection
Ataraxia, 30"x30," oil on panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, private collection
Beyond the Beyond, 40"x30," oil on canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, $3100
Swimming into Focus, 30"x30," oil on panel, ©Lynn Goldstein, private collection
Ongoing Ritual, 36"x36," oil on canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, $3100
10/13/2020 02:12:11 pm
Congrats on both honors! You certainly deserve the appreciation and recognition.
10/13/2020 06:23:42 pm
Thanks so much Molly. I truly appreciate the compliment.
10/13/2020 06:55:16 pm
Lynn, you have been enormously busy!!! Your steadfastness has served you so well. Congratulations for both the acceptance in the MPAartfest and now the Torpedo Factory Artist’s Association! I am so happy for you! You deserve the recognition that both have given you, and they are lucky to have you shine with them.
10/13/2020 07:45:15 pm
Aww, thanks so much Susan. I never feel as if I get enough done. I am fortunate to have been accepted into both. Really happy to be involved with TFAA. I can never know too many artists! You have no idea how much I miss seeing you in class! Hope you are doing better and better with each passing day.
10/13/2020 11:14:37 pm
Congratulations on both the McLean show and the Torpedo Factory association membership. I had no idea of the complexity of entering TFAA. Your work is wonderful and deserving of both honors.
10/14/2020 09:18:40 am
Thanks so much for your kind words. Thanks also for taking a look at my blogpost. I truly appreciate it. Wasn't sure if anyone would be interested. Like you, I believe that most people have no idea so I wanted to share it. Incidentally, that was the process that I went through when I entered the Workhouse as well. I am not sure that they have the same process anymore, but it was rigorous. Thanks again Sara and stay well.
10/20/2020 05:11:59 pm
Congratulations Lynn! Now even more people will get to see your beautiful work. You really deserve to be there, you work so hard and are so dedicated to your art-plus your amazing eye for color! Thanks for the post and for showing us more of your lovely paintings. Sure do miss seeing you!
10/20/2020 10:58:15 pm
Hey Becca, Thanks so much for your kind words. I never feel that I work hard enough, but I try!! 😉 Man, I miss seeing you too! Hope that you, your family, and your sweet pup are all well.xo
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