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I hope by now you have all had a chance to read the interview
with artist Jesus Moroles on ArtsEdNet. I was intrigued by
Jesus' comments on the idea of apprenticeship. After he
graduated from school he served as an apprentice to Luis
Jimenez for a year (though their work is very different, both
have works included in the Mexican-American set of MAPS prints).
Of his year with Jimenez, Jesus said "It was the best experience
I received in art, living with him all day long and evenings and
just being an extension of his little finger to do whatever he
wanted or needed."
What I find interesting is that, despite this experience, Jesus
himself intentionally does not hire artists; instead, he trains
the people he hires to do exactly what he needs. What do you
And, Jesus, here's a question for you. Have you ever hired anyone
as a apprentice or did you make the decision not to early on? It
seems to have been such a positive experience for you and I
know how generous you are with your time and effort where
education is concerned.
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867