Call for Jurors: First Lady Student Exhibition

Apply by September 16, 2020

Twice a year, the Maryland State Department of Education works with its partners and First Lady Yumi Hogan to host a statewide student artwork competition and exhibition. This year, the Fall First Lady’s Gallery will be virtual! At the opening ceremony on October 9, young artists will introduce their work, and winners for each grade band will be announced. To view works from previous exhibits, see here.

To support this project, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is calling for a diverse array of experts to do the important work of evaluating submissions. MSAC selects jurors with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the fine arts. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

Selected jurors serve for one term covering a review period in Fall 2020 and another in Spring 2021.

Jurors receive modest compensation for their service.

What does a juror do?

Selected jurors: 

  • Review and evaluate 45-54 submissions between Friday, September 25 and Monday, September 28
  • Optional: Attend the virtual opening reception on October 9 from 4:00-5:00pm 

The average time commitment is 8 hours.

Panelists must have access to a computer with an internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a juror? 

Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple

  • Click the Apply Here button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
  • Under Funding Opportunities, click Apply Now beneath “Public Call.”
  • In the Narrative section, Select “First Lady Gallery Juror” from the dropdown options and click “Save Draft” to populate the application.

For assistance, contact Arts in Education Grants Management Associate Catherine Frost at

Apply Here Button:

Deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:59p.m.
Successful jurors enthusiastically embrace organizational and analytical skills, preparedness, timeliness, communication, collaboration, and their role as an advocate for the arts. Please do not complete this application if this list does not align with your practice. 

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