art & fear

I shared the following excerpt on perfection with some of my advanced students. I asked them to highlight the most important ideas within the three short pages and we would discuss their thoughts the next day. One of the first comments was from an eager young woman who struggles with idea development. She said,
I really liked reading this because I have never thought about not trying to be perfect“.

Bayles, David and Ted Orlando. Art & Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Barbara: Capra, 1997. 29-31. Print.

minneapolis

I took my first trip to Minnesota this weekend to attend a conference held on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I was impressed with the diversity, openness of the communities, friendly people, support of the Arts and I was happy to see the remnants of winter weather which I have been missing the past two years.

5 works

I have applied for a grant from the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Woodworking is a weak area of mine where I have very little experience but I would love to know more about the processes. IF chosen, the grant will cover my tuition for one of their classes which I would be able to take during the summer. I won’t hear about selection until after mid-April so until then I will try to be patient.

Applicants could share up to 5 works with the selection committee. These are mine.

weekly photo challenge: resolved

Resolved to be more appreciative: for my education, a home of my own, good health, plenty of food and family who are safe. When one meets people who are struggling daily to acquire all of these things with determination, optimism, grace and faith it is a constant reminder to be thankful.  sign1 sign2 sign3

Liberia.

holiday sing-along / get on the bus

on the 16th of November my department gave to me,
our annual field trip to New York City
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51 high school students
26 shows at MOMA
21 shows at the Met
20 hours together
9 parents forgetting pickup at midnight
4 art teachers
3 students late at every meet-up
2 bus drivers
2 meals at a rest stop
1 bus for everyone
and at the end of a long day,
arriving safely home to DC

work areas at the Objects Installation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art one set of images from Kaider Attia’s Open Your Eyes

a guard in between a Doris Salcedo sculpturetrees of the edge of a parknot my favorite, but interesting light is created by Projects 98

discussions gridsrows of candles lit at St.Patrick’s cathedral