Category: Judge Certification


Common Issues Seen in Judging Embroidery

By Susan Dawson, NAN-Certified Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2018. Presentation Many exhibitions require that work be clean. Spots are the most common reason for disqualification of an entry. The best work is always…

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Why Enter The Exemplary?

By Cheryl Christian, 2018 Exemplary Administrator and NAN-certified Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2018. The Exemplary, the NAN national exhibition, is a highlight of Assembly in the spring. All manner of work is displayed,…

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Yet Another Article About Artist Statements…

By Denise Beusen, Assistant Adminstrator of The Exemplary 2016 This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2016. Many of you reading this have exhibited for years; for you, it’s inconceivable that anyone could offer a new perspective…

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The Artist Statement — What Is It?

By Dolores Andrew, NAN-Certified Master Judge This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2014. There are almost as many ways to write an artist statement as there are artists. Mostly, they involve the “why” in your thinking,…

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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT THE EXEMPLARY

By Inez Giles and Carlene Harwick, 2014 Exemplary Administrators This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2014.  MYTH #1: Entering The Exemplary is much too expensive. To be clear, there is a minimal entry fee for submitting…

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Why Bother?

By Carlene Harwick and Inez Giles, 2014 Exemplary Administrators This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in fall 2013. Why would anyone want to go through the hassle of packing and shipping needleart pieces just to enter an exhibit?…

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THE PEEPS SHOW

By Dolores Andrew This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2011. The weird thing about being asked to judge a show is that you may think you know what you will be doing, but you never really…

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The Category of MIXED MEDIA

By Connie Lynn Borserine This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2011. Of all the categories in needlework exhibitions, the most questions and controversy seem to surround the one entitled “MIXED MEDIA”. As defined by the National…

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A Recipe for Judging by CDs

By Dolores M. Andrew This article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in summer 2010.  Ideally, when we judge, the two or three of us meet and choose the works (when jurying) or award winners (when judging), from actual pieces…

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An Artist’s Statement, But…

by Patricia Tector, former NAN Director of Judges’ CertificationThis article first appeared in NANthology, the NAN newsletter, in winter 2010. Click here to see the original publication. Many, if not most, people understand the importance of having an artist’s statement accompany an entry…

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