The Spectrum 20 jury convened in Kansas City on Saturday, March 2. I was there to help out and took some pictures throughout the day.
Each artwork entry is set out on a table and is accompanied by a cup with a small hole at its base. If a judge likes the piece, he or she drops in a unique colored bean that is identified with that person. In this way duplication by one judge is avoided. The bean also remains hidden from view by the other judges. A majority vote of three or more beans marks the art for inclusion into Spectrum 20. The judges are discouraged from talking to one another to allow them to make a genuine anonymous vote without any outside influence or encouragement. This keeps things honest and fair.
There are more pictures, and a few videos, plus details about the day that can be found at the Spectrum Fantastic Art website and Facebook page. Also, they have a listing of who is being considered for the awards. (See the links below.)
I’m anxious to see who won the awards at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 and the works that make it into the book this fall!
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