Criteria for evaluating projects

12 artistic criteria for judging the work of particular artists, and our work. We should ask about its:

  1. Intent. Do they make an express commitment to achieve certain exceptional ends?

  2. Focus. Do they highlight certain features of the world over others to separate the important from the trivial?

  3. Skill. Do they demonstrate mastery or virtuosity in critical aspects of their work; do they possess a foundation for understanding people, communities, and the way work is created?

  4. Form. Do they combine their aesthetics, structures, politics, etc. into a unified, coherent whole?

  5. Representation. Do they convey meanings, in nonobvious and captivating ways, as opposed to giving simple directives and making straightforward declarations of fact?

  6. Imagination. Do they make surprising and unconventional departures from the ordinary that create a new sense of awareness or understanding?

  7. Authenticity. Do they present a stylistic distinctiveness that is an honest expression of their individuality and personal beliefs?

  8. Engagement. Do they offer complex and challenging information that stimulates intellectual effort and imaginative contemplation?

  9. Pleasure. Do they provide emotionally rewarding experiences that are shared among members of an audience, promoting stronger bonds and fostering personal fulfillment?

  10. Human significance. Do they facilitate personal reflection about who one is, what is most important, what is culturally valuable, and what is possible?

  11. Context. Do they create work that is in conversation with other practices, customs, and artists, and communicate in a style that is understandable and appropriate?

  12. Criticism. Do they welcome discourse and evaluation from others regarding how well they have performed and the amount of appreciation they should be afforded?

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