St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition
Thank you for participating in the St. Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition. Your hard work is appreciated by the organizers, judges, and entrants alike. Whether you are experienced or new to judging, please consider the guidelines below while judging and being judged. These guidelines are intended to help provide an enjoyable and encouraging experience for all participants.
- This is a scored competition which will consist of critical feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please be prepared for constructive criticism and maintain an open mind.
- Entrants are requested to be considerate of the limitations of competitions, judging, and judges in the Society. While we strive to provide a supportive and constructive environment for feedback, there may be feedback that an entrant does not necessarily agree with.
- Please consider the intent of the feedback provided. If a statement seems unfair, it may be a case of poor phrasing with good intention behind it.
- If you have concerns about your feedback or any aspect of the competition, please discuss this with the competition organizers as soon as possible to prevent miscommunication.
- Judges are required to provide their name and contact information to entrants on the score sheet, so that entrants may follow up with questions in the future. The organizers will check every returned judges sheet for legibility, content, and contact information. If anything is in question, it will be returned to the judge for revision.
- Please do not write anything on the judging form that you would not want to read as a recipient. Please do your best to respect your entrants’ feelings and the hard work they have submitted. Please remember we are a society and friends here, it is possible to be both kind and critical.
- Please consider both verbal and written documentation during this judging. Work and/or documentation may be incomplete, or a work in progress, and your feedback may assist the entrant in preparing/completing their entry.
- Judges are expected to recuse themselves if they have a conflict of interest with an entrant.
- Please check your perceptions of an individual at the door. The body of work presented should be the only consideration today. Work not present on the table should not be considered.
- While evaluation of the manner in which an entry is displayed is generally not evaluated, comments designed to help artisans polish their displays are welcome.
- Specific, actionable comments can provide direction for continued growth and improvement to competitors of all levels.
- Find, support, and praise the positives. Praise of a single well executed detail can have more impact than an overall compliment.
- Consider using a positive-corrective-positive sandwich when providing potentially negative feedback. This method can create a more receptive environment for growth and education.
- Do not let inexperience discourage you. You do not have to be an expert on a subject to judge it fairly, though familiarity is a plus. Sometimes, you can even learn about an unfamiliar art while judging it. This competition was specifically designed to learn to be both a judge and an entrant.
- Potential questions to inquire of entrants if you’re not sure what to say:
- What do you want people to learn from your entry?
- What did you learn from your entry?
- What makes you proud about your entry?
- How is your entry historically based?
- Have you made something like this before? If so, how does it differ?
- What would you do differently?
Notes from the organizers
- We will be available for questions and comments for one hour after court.
- We will have all score sheets available to be returned after court.
- Your feedback is greatly appreciated and welcomed, we will be available to speak in person, have a written feedback form for you to fill out, or we can be e-mailed at the following addresses: RhodeKephalaina@gmail.com & Kit@kitsclothingcollection.com