It was a pleasure to jury The
Idaho Watercolor Society's 1999 Exhibition. The entries were widely diversified
in terms of watercolor techniques and subject matter.
When juring a show, I like
to use the following quotation by John Ruskin as a guide to the selection
process: "Fine Art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart of
man go together." The hand, to me, represents the skill of the artist
in using the watercolor medium. The head represents the artist's
knowledge of composition and subyleties of the various elements of design.
And last, but certainly not least, the heart represents the unique
expression of the artist or the "content" of the work.
An award winning work shows
outstanding technique and a knowledge of color and composition, as well as
communicating a message to the viewer. The work is also presented in
a manner which is tasteful and which shows the aesthetic of the artist. A
work of art may not be equally strong in each of the above categories. The
juror's task is to weigh and assess the balance of the merits of each piece.
Each juror brings a particular
aesthetic to bear when juring a show (also an educational or experiential
background that has certain strengths and weaknesses). The exhibition,
in many cases, may reveal as much about the juror as it does the individual
Thank you for giving me the
opportunity to view watercolor at its best.
Linda Stevens Moyer
The Idaho Watercolor Society
wishes to thank Boise Cascade Corporation for their support and cooperation
in continuing to host our annual juried exhibition.