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Re: Who are artists?

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Scott Walters (
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 15:57:12 +0000

>To:gray65 (Brian Gray)
> (Scott Walters)
>Subject:Re: Who are artists?
>> Last semester, while in one of my studio
>>classes, I posed the question "When does a student, who is studying art,
>>become an actual artist?" Reworded, when does an artist first become an
>I think that at any time in one's life, someone can be "artistic." But
>one does not become an ARTIST until one acquires the skills, discipline,
>and focus required to truly illuminate and communicate one's subject in an
>original and significant manner. The idea that one is an artist from
>birth, or that anybody can be an artist if they are dabbling in the arts,
>diminishes the role of the artist in society -- a role which ought to
>place him or her at the top of the social hierarchy. Nobody is a doctor
>from birth, or an accountant -- they first must acquire the necessary
>skills and experience. Why should one of the most difficult and important
>jobs in the world be any different?
>Scott Walters

College of Fine Arts
Illinois State University
Normal IL 61790

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