While entering a piece into a local juried competition, I noticed that they had included some restrictions on electronic visibility of entered pieces. A piece could not have been shown previously on a blog, website, Facebook, etc. or it would be disqualified. This seems to be a fairly new restriction and I wonder what situation prompted it.
Perhaps they are eliminating any potential for jury members to have previously viewed the piece, as all pieces are presented anonymously, especially as the art community in the province is relatively small and artists known. However, does this restrict what I put on my blog in future for readers to view?
I don't plan a piece for any particular exhibit or competition. Out of 50 paintings, perhaps 20% will be suitable to go further, but I won't know that until I have completed the piece. At that point, I may have shared the creative process with my readers.
Juried exhibits and competitions are tightening up entry rules significantly in the last couple of years, and often for the appropriate reasons. It protects the artists and ensures that work presented is original. Restrictions on work produced in art workshops is often refused as well as work that has been critiqued in online art forums.
So where do I draw the line? Do I only show pieces and construction of pieces that I believe don't make the cut, even if I don't know what is or if the cut exists until its complete? Do I show process only and not the final product? Do I show sketches or studies only and tutorials? Do I write about art only and show no pieces?
Who is making the rule book for visibility of art pieces in the electronic world and the real world? Do juried competitions or exhibitions that you submit work to have restrictions on the electronic exposure of a piece prior to submission?