In my dual roles as a college arts professor and a graphic design professional, I often find myself in the unenviable position of competing with my students for work – defending myself against neighborhood kids who market themselves for $35 and a six-pack. This Newsweek editorial takes a personal look at both sides of a problem in artistic education: the lack of creative business preparation in art colleges and the impact it has on working professionals.
Read "I'm an Artist, But Not the Starving Kind" online at Newsweek's website...
An editorial column of mine was selected from over six-hundred monthly entrants to appear in the September 19, 2005 issue of Newsweek magazine. The editorial, “I'm an Artist, But Not the Starving Kind,” appeared in the MyTurn column and takes a personal look at both sides of a problem in artistic education: the lack of creative business preparation in art colleges and the impact it has on working professionals.
This is the first time any of my non-fiction writing has appeared in print on a national level. I have previously been published as the first-place winner in Creative Loafing Atlanta's third annual fiction contest for the short story, “Hope Under My Fingernails.”
“I'm an Artist, But Not the Starving Kind” was written in March of 2005 while I was teaching freshman-level electronic design and a senior-level web design courses at the Atlanta College of Art. This editorial is an attempt to articulate this crisis of creativity I saw in the classroom and hopefully to stimulate discussion toward a remedy."
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It should be pointed out that this piece would never have been written without Ann's strong-handed encouragement (she made me do it!) for which I am ever-grateful.