The Question: Is the artist (being juried) entitled to the judges' full comments on his/her work?
My response: Gail, first, thank you for even wanting to know my opinion. Clearly you do not take judging lightly, and for this I am grateful, as so many so-called "experts" tromp rough shod over often budding talent.
I was not there; I did not see the work; I do not know the organization you judged for.... However, I can tell you that I always try to do what is best to ensure the positive progression of the artist and their art. As a judge, I should be completely comfortable with the fact I have given the art and the artist the respect the entry deserves. Also, I always ask myself the question in such circumstances "Am I serving the ego (i.e., hierarchy, establishment, sales, power, fear, etc.,) or am I serving the highest Art?" I always want to serve Art and give 150% toward encouraging those aspects that serve this purpose. If this means staying behind, meeting an up-and-comer who is sincerely interested in knowing more about his/her work from "experts", or giving them extra critique, then absolutely, I will. Otherwise, why jury at all?
The prizes and awards given speak for themselves. It's those that didn't get the prizes that need our help. I hope this helps, and I wish you all the very best with jurying shows in the future. My warmest regards to you.