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Jack Sjogren

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5 replies on “How To Use Your New Art Degree”

  1. – Print it on a t-shirt with the text “I Am A Real Artist & I Have the Degree to Prove It”. Impress your friends, family and strangers!
    -Print it on a postcard and do a mailing to thousands of galleries. Watch the invitations to exhibit your work pour in!
    – List it on your Etsy account…art degrees definitely increase sales.
    – Hang out at art exhibitions and get in deep, argumentative discussions about the art. When the discussion turns nasty pull out your art degree, wave it in the air and yell really loud “I have an art degree, I think I should know what I am talking about!!!”
    🙂

  2. Always post your alma mater on your professional website because that provides necessary credibility when dealers/collectors become concerned about the routine prostitution sweeps and DEA presence in and around the downtown studio

  3. Get a useful degree from Lowell Darling’s FAT CITY SCHOOL OF FINDS ART. There are no requirements. Its tuition free. And comes with an appointment to Head of your own department and, best of all, a lifetime sabbatical. Degree, position, and all the time you need to make art. You only need to find a way to make a living (just like all the other art school’s degrees.)

  4. Funny, but I guess I’m one of those people who actually put it to good use! Probably important to add that tuition was actually affordable when I was in college (1980s). As an art major, I got a job on campus painting theater sets and making costumes. After graduation, that led to quite a few years working in the art industry, painting trade show displays, theater sets, film/tv props and backdrops, and faux finishes for the interior design trade. The degree got my foot in the door for those first jobs after graduation. I do only my personal art now, and sell it. I don’t doubt that a person could learn art techniques outside of college, because for the most part I and my classmates had been making art for years before we entered college, and continued to learn after; it’s the overall education that is so valuable. I also made connections, learned to think of my art as a priority not a some-time hobby, and supported myself with my skills. Had I majored in something else as I almost did, upon the advice of people who didn’t know or care that art is a passion, I’d not likely have made near as much art or had much success with it. I doubt I’d have been as happy, either.

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