For Right at This Moment, Random Musings

At this point primary concerns are finishing up the on-line Art Appreciation course for Lamar (Done ! thank whatever deity you wish), and getting the "Back in Black" show off to Beaumont (the truck comes Friday). So now my official status is "recovering academic" and at the same time penurious older person. But, I've been broke before, several times.

But my question to myself stems from the final assignment, where I asked the students to speculate on what they thought the future of art would be. They didn't have a cohesive answer, but a reoccurring theme was that young people should be educated and exposed to art more often and more exhaustively.

I have to agree, if for no other reason than enlightened self interest. If people are not exposed to art in a more than lowest common denominator fashion, who are the next group of patrons? Artists have to eat too; most have jobs, many in my recently vacated employment, but that's not an answer even if they can get a teaching position.

Besides the "art world" has a mixed response to academics; on the one hand they have a certain respect for the title of "professor", but it seems that once one is employed the world sees the artist's art as somehow lesser than those who are not employed and theoretically untainted by a marginally above poverty living standard.

I've always thought that this is a holdover from the days of the "romantic" artist's life, epitomized by Picasso in Paris at the turn of the last century. He and his compatriots would be seen in the bars and cafes until the wee hours and everyone assumed that they then slept all day, only to return to the cafe the next evening. Picasso went back to his studio and painted all night, slept some, and returned to the cafes. Actual studio practice was hidden from the general public, much like artists are today. I only know of a few, very successful, artists who actually encourage observation by the public. I certainly don't want a bunch of folks looking over my shoulder. Consequently, I'm hidden away for days at a time, only coming out for groceries or openings.

Years ago the University of Texas hired a feminist artist out of New York as a "visiting professor"; she replied that she couldn't leave NYC for that length of time because people would forget her, regardless of her notoriety. I used to think that was the product of an inappropriate anxiety. Perhaps she was more correct than I knew; I seem to be forgotten weekly.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Trini wrote:
Do a little rercaseh. Most galleries have websites, so take a look and make sure that your art fits within the style and stable of artists it has gathered.Next, email or write the gallery, and ask them for information about unsolicited portfolios. Some galleries will have very specific requirements in terms of presentation. At this time, you can find out who to address your letter and package to. If you are going to be visiting LA from out of town, contact the galleries you are interested in and see if they can make time for you. If you have a website you can give them to preview your work, this will help them decide to make time for you.You should also include your curriculum vitae as well as an artist's resume with your cover letter. If you aren't sure what goes on these, google "artist's resume" and "artist's curriculum vitae". You should also include an artist's statement about your work. If you aren't sure what to include in this, you need to do some more rercaseh and look at other's artist's statements. Artist's statements vary from artist to artist. It should explain a little about yourself and your work. It is a little like a newspaper/web article in that it should cover who, what, why, but not necessarily where, unless your work is installation based.References :

Wed, June 20, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

2. Heather Thompson wrote:
You, dear Butch, can NEVER be forgotten by the many minds you have helped to shape throughout the years. While you may never be able to fully grasp the long reaching effects of the many hours spent teaching- they do in fact live on as does your memory.

I am a former student of yours. I spent only a few semesters in your design classes at Lamar in Beaumont, usually in the shadow of my overly possessive boyfriend. While I was unable to finish school, I took what hard learned lessons you taught me, not just about design, but about taking a good look at what is before you, and have applied them not only to art, but to many things in life. For this I am grateful.

I am now in the tattoo industry 17 years come February. I have a much better eye for tattoo design than many of my colleagues and I owe a lot of that to you.

So, know that two decades later...I not only remember you and your hard work...I remember you fondly. -Heather Marie

Fri, January 17, 2014 @ 9:44 PM

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