The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild is a non-profit, juried organization. Each year the Guild conducts jury sessions for prospective members, typically in February/March and July/August. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Guild, please complete and submit the jury application below. Once we receive your application and fee, we will contact you with specific information.
The following is an overview of the Jury Process:
The Kernersville Arts & Crafts Guild welcomes new members whose creative handiwork demonstrates stimulating visual appeal, good design and fine craftsmanship. Items submitted for jury are required to be handcrafted by the applicant. The end state of all items submitted for jury consideration must show that the materials used in the creation of the art or craft were significantly altered from the original materials used and demonstrate that skill or expertise in that particular art/craft category has been applied.
Before acceptance as a member of the Guild, each prospective member's work must go through a jurying process. Each artisan will submit a minimum of three (3) representative pieces in each selected media category and sub-category for examination by a committee of fellow artisans who are seasoned Guild members. If the artisan wishes to be approved for exhibiting all work within a category (listed in jury application attachment below), the artisan must provide enough different examples of their work within each sub-category to demonstrate a mastery of all techniques involved.
TO QUALIFY FOR MEMBERSHIP The applicant must reside in North Carolina and be at least 18 years old. The applicant must submit an application form and (non-refundable) application fee and be accepted by the jury process outlined herein. Items submitted for jurying must be handmade by the artisan who is submitting the application. Items must be an original design and produced within the last two years. No work from a kit will be acceptable.
WHAT IS JURYING? Jurying (screening) is a process of evaluating handcrafted work to gain membership in the Guild. Each applicant should bring his/her best work as the jurying is based on what is shown, not what the committee thinks they may see from the applicant in the future. Once accepted, the applicant has 15 days to apply for membership. If membership is kept current (applicable dues paid on time annually), the applicant will not have to re-submit work or pictures to participate in Guild events. If the deadline for payment of dues is missed, the member must re-jury into the Guild.
JURYING Work is judged by a Jury Committee comprised of seasoned guild members. The panel awards points based on appearance, workmanship, assembly, technique, materials used and quality. After the jurying takes place, the committee must ratify each applicant before the invitation for membership is given.
PROHIBITED WORK Work produced from commercial kits, commercial patterns, molds and forms. Work that infringes on copyright laws. Objects and designs that are intended to be overtly obscene or offensive. Work that contains hazardous materials. Items that could potentially be used as weapons.
SUMMARY OF FEES $10 - The Jury Application Fee for a new membership candidate, with a maximum of two (2) categories. Each category is $10. For example, if you choose to jury in Jewelry and Fiber, the fee would be $20.