Managing submissions for juried shows or competitions as an art organization can be overwhelming. With so many custom form tools and art call management platforms available, finding one that simplifies the process and provides the features you need is essential. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the differences in collection methods, compare the pros and cons of the top submission platforms available, and explain why CaFÉ is the best choice for managing art calls efficiently and effectively.
The Hassle of Managing Art Calls with Email
If you’re reading this, you probably know it’s nearly impossible to collect applications for an art opportunity using email alone. Collecting applications from dozens or hundreds of applicants through one inbox leads to many challenges. Here are the pros and cons of using email to collect applications:
The Challenge of Using Basic Form Tools for Art Call Management
Basic online form tools like JotForm, TypeForm, Google Forms, and WuFoo can be used to collect submissions for art calls and improve your process over simply using email. Form tools like these are easy to create and easy for applicants to navigate. However, there are limitations when tailoring the application process to art-based opportunities and jurying the applications. Here are some pros and cons of using basic form tools:
Elevating Your Art Calls with Submission Management Platforms
Taking your art calls to the next level requires a submission management platform that allows you to organize entries, collect payments, and jury submissions. Platforms such as EntryThingy, Online Juried Shows, Slideroom, and Juried Art Services tailor to art calls and give administrators a central place to organize entries and score artwork. While not every platform is built the same, there are many pros/cons to look at when considering one of these services:
CaFÉ - The Ultimate Art Call Management Platform
The art community has trusted CaFÉ for over 18 years, and renowned art organizations and juried shows have used it nationwide. With its robust features designed for art organizations, a large user base of artists and art organizations, and an exceptional support team that offers personal and timely assistance, CaFÉ is an unbeatable submission management solution for your art call needs. Here are the pros and cons of using CaFÉ to collect, manage, and jury entries:
While there are many methods for collecting and managing applications, using the right tools will make the difference between an overwhelming process and a simplified one. Although basic form tools may look like an easy and inexpensive route, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy by opting for a more robust management system catered to art organizations. When choosing a platform that will fit all of your needs, CaFÉ is the top choice for an affordable and streamlined submission process. Visit CallForEntry.org to learn more about us and request a free demo of everything we offer.
Written by Communications & Marketing Manager Justine Chapel