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Good to see you are able to juggle several balls in the world of higher
ed. I've found an ideal situation and pass it along to all.
I'm now teaching in a small, progressive, private, Catholic girl's
college in Milwaukee. I've incorporated my interest in crafts into
courses for both majors and non-majors (primarily ele. ed. majors) but
have begun branching out in other ways. We now have a group of
students, staff, and faculty who join in our commons for lunch and
knitting or crocheting every Tuesday at noon. In addition, there is a
group similar in make-up who meet once a month for lunch and quilting.
I've just begun teaching weaving again since I discovered some looms
buried under the nursing building. And I'm working on finding a
permanent space for a crafts center sort of on the same order as our
exercise room. Of course, all this means I'm busy doing my own stuff
at home two blocks from Lake Michigan on Milwaukee's trendy east side.
But wait, there's more. I've just put a line of bead work in the book
store here at Alverno. I'm not looking to make much of a profit, just
enough to afford to replenish my supply and a bit more for exotic
pieces I'll enter in the faculty biennial art show this year.
The beauty of this setting is that I'm valued first as a teacher, then
for the work I'm doing designing a new Integrated Arts curriculum for
our Master's Program. So you see, while people enjoy my other
contributions and support my work--there is no pressure to produce.
It's just up to me. No more guilt that I haven't been cranking out art
or research. And so I just keep cranking it out!!!
Such a difference from UW-M and OSU,
--- John Antoine Labadie <labadie> wrote:
> > I am currently doing research and collecting data
> regarding the triumphs and
> > tribulations of those individuals who juggle two
> careers: Artist AND Art
> > educator. I would like to hear from those who do
> both. How do you do it? What
> > is the most challenging and difficult in your
> pursuit of both careers? Do you
> > feel that you compromise one or the other at
> times? What keeps your
> > motivation up?
> > You may respond to the list or write me directly
> > wizzlewolf
> In K-12 art teaching the horrendous scheduling and
> lack of serious
> studio facilities made it very difficult to produce
> work in any
> meaningful way. In K-12 art education, teaching and
> the output of
> my students was nearly everything. At the university
> level i teach
> what i do in studio. My studios are professionally
> equipped and much
> of my teaching, beyond coverage of basics, involves
> taking students
> along creative paths i now travel. Additionally, my
> raises and
> professional evaluations depend, in great part, on
> my "creative and
> scholarly work", aka: art production. Teaching is
> obviously important
> but creative output recognized by my peers is
> hyercritical to
> professional success.
> I can't see two careers here as much as differences
> between what is
> expected at different levels in art education.
> Regards, John
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