A couple three years ago, I was sitting with several other artists in a back office of the Ceramics Research Center shuffling through artist entries to a call for artists for the upcoming studio tour. We had been sorting out the returning artists and the new artists.
That year, I was sitting out the tour. My studio was slated for demolition by the town. We’d lost our fight…or resigned ourselves to move on.
The year off would require that I reapply and be juried back into the tour the following year. As we organized the artists’ images (an impressive lot of work), I commented to myself…out loud, “I may not make it back in the tour.”
On the heals of my statement, Jeremy Briddell replied, “A room full of artists and not enough self-esteem to fill a thimble.” Brief silence was followed by a chorus of affirmation.
Through the semester I encourage students to enter shows. My attempts to top off the thimble are often resisted. Students generally present their hesitation by stating that they don’t know what to do. I offer to help them – proof read bios and statements, and take images if necessary. I’ve been known to bribe students with extra credit for entering shows – no need to be accepted. I just want them to go through the process. They resist. I heard somewhere that a room full of artists couldn’t fill a thimble with self esteem.
This exhibition season I’d like to note a few shows that include the work of friends and fellow artists, former students, and current students:
AZ Clay Annual Exhibit, March 18 – April 16, 2010
Shemer House of Fun, April 21 – May 25, 2010
Shemer Art Center and Museum
Gila River Review: Online Literary Journal at Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Spring 2011, Issue 3
Arte Latino en la Ciudad, May 6 – 27, 2010
Phoenix Center for the Arts