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Artist & educator

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Betty Bowen (
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 09:27:27 -0500

As someone who has not yet landed a teaching job, I think (regardless of
what other people tell me) that I'll have more time to make art once I'm
teaching. Why? because I won't be commuting 40 minutes each way to a 8-5 job
in a cubicle that pays half what I'll make as a teacher, and sometimes an
evening job as well. I'll have more winter break than Christmas Day only
(it's annual leave if you want to get to your hometown in time for Christmas
Eve services, and then you have to kind of compete for it) I'll have a
little time in summer, I'll be able to go to the fantastic fall art
workshops here at no cost instead of paying the over $500 non-teacher fee,
and I'll be seeing and seeing and reading and thinking about art and using
my hand skills for something besides typing eight hours a day. And I'll get
to take classes and workshops and seminars that meet on weekdays in summer
like the ones the teachers on this list write about. And I'll be around
people who are making art. As it is, I've still managed to develop a little
art life, and my work continues to grow and develop, so in addition to
looking forward to teaching, I'm looking forward to what will happen with my
own art work. What's amazing to me are the well paid tenured college art
professors I know who haven't made new work since the day the were tenured.
It is astonishing that some of them even show the very same work year after
year after year.


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