I had an opportunity to attend the National Scolastics Award Exhibition at
the Corcoran Museum in Washington DC this summer. While I sympathize with
your concerns regarding competitions like Scolastics, I must say I didn't
see evidence of a lack of originality in the work shown in this exhibit.
On the contrary, I was quite impressed with the diversity of work shown
(which included some extraordinary wearables, a number of stiking paintings
done in a variety of mediums and styles, whimsical drawings,
computer-generated videos, and more) and the quality of the work in terms
of craftsmanship and skill development. This exhibit was, in fact, one of
the highlights of my trip (along with a free concert given by Arlo Guthrie
in a tented arena in the mall one evening in honor of the US Postal Service
issuing a stamp in his father's (Woody Gutherie) honor.
CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
School of Art and Art History, FAC 302,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
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