How were critiques in the late 80s and early 90s? Have there been improvements?
Are there still horror stories to tell about today's practices?
Thanks to the many who have responded directly to me and to the listserve
about my request for true stories about good and bad critiques in college.
More stories are welcome. If you post your stories to the whole group, we
will generate more interest and conversation.
Ohio State University
>In response to the character assasinations of my past art critique
>experiences I can only reiterate what has already been voiced. When I
>went to graduate school back in the 60's the norm was an all out assault
>of not only your art work but you as a potential artist. I can't tell
>you how many times I had felt embarrased by these kinds of comments.I
>attended a midwest university in which the final consisted of hanging
>your art work on wire clothes lines that were strung around the studio
>classroom. We were then told by our professor to leave the classroom and
>come back in two hours. When we returned, three by five cards had been
>stapled to the art work itself with our grade for the entire semester
>scrawled in magic marker on these cards! No explanation or comments
>were writen just your letter grade for all to see!This is only one of
>several examples of what I consider to be unprofessional and demeaning
>tactics which were characterized by this particular time period.
> Wyatt McCrea
> Wichita, Kansas