“People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.”
― Taylor Swift
I read somewhere that when asking the Universe for something you should also state what you are going to do with the abundance that comes with it.
I thought that would make a good breather at this point and hopefully flesh me out as more than just some photographer who is trying to get your attention.
I live in a conservative college town. Home of Texas A&M….and despite the grrrssss I am going to get. People in this town, for the most part consider that art has to have either the TAMU logo in it or Reveille ( THE TAMU mascot) and it is art…. OR it comes from some discount Home place that sells “art” for cheap prices. Artists in this town have a rough time making any kind of income. The few that do, exhibit and sell everywhere but here. In 2013, in fact right about the same time as I won the media pass, I had just finished a solo exhibition at a local café/gallery. Several pieces were moving next door to the Wine Bar next for a couple of months. There was a young artist from the local Art League helping me and in the course of the conversation I had agreed to start a yearly show called Wylde Woman Art Show. The first year was 2014 and was called Wylde Woman Art Show: Celebration of the Female Figure.
The focus of the show was to spark a conversation about art and nudity…see in this town …it is allowed…IF it does not offend the family-friendly atmosphere…and well that covers just about every place in town. A friend who owned a gallery for her painting studio donated her place for that show. It was a raging success (over 600 visitors) and set the tone for the 2015 show. I went back to the young artist and she is now a co-founder on Wylde Woman Art Show. This year we revamped our show and made it a Juried Show with a prize and this year our Call to Entry Theme is- Accepted Archetypes and allows both male and female nudity. This, of course, has raised a bit of a fuss as people seem to be okay with female nudity but the idea of male nudity seems to bother them…that and the fact that I will not allow the space we rent to decide on what pieces can and cannot be displayed. That decision stays with Tess and I and our judge (when we hire one-still looking). We have been refused rental space based on the potential imagery content-have no idea what it is going to be until it comes in (October of 2015). These refusals, of course spark a conversation about the lack of trust in Tess and my accountability/responsibility to our ethics in running a professional Juried Show.
The point that Tess and I continue to make is that we are here to serve the local art community. We are doing that with current yearly show and are looking to add more shows to the retinue. What this means however is that with the abundance that will come from this project; we can buy a building in DT Bryan and start a non-profit Art Center. Tackle things like the lack of art in our high risk kids and schools. Where a fine art Gallery can sit beside an Art Co-op Gallery, Studio spaces, Shows that spark conversation and bring gallery owners and collectors to Bryan/College Station as well as educate our local professionals that great art/artists exist here and can be collected here.
I hope this helps present a more rounded 3-D image of myself as a photographer, artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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