Saturday Jan 07, 2006

Grant Me Strength

Getting a grant or fellowship to pursue your art can be glorious, and it can add academic prestige to your curriculum vita.

If you apply to the right granting institution for your work, fill out the forms correctly, and if your timing is right, you might be chosen.

Not applying guarantees not being selected.

The majority of grant and fellowship giving organization have websites that allow you view previous winners and the quality level of their work, which is an eye opener—you will have to come to your own conclusions.

Getting rejected by a review committee here barely qualifies as a letdown because the aesthetic of the jury, or their consultants, is unknown to you, making such awards arbitrary in most respects.

More often than not such selection committees are swayed over by the pedigree of endorsements that the artist can muster rather that the quality of the art itself.»

Exactly, art as a brand, as distinct from a creation, cum marketing, sales, spin. 

Raconteurs rule the day.

Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, as we all know, was rejected by 121 publishers.  Once discovered, it is still read and published today.

Popularity, as you well express is not a criterion of value but of a determined social process of affecting and directing opinion.

Alberch Durer, on the other hand, could really draw and engrave, and no pamphlet or Soho endorsement can make it more or less.  It stands on its own.

Sanskrit, Tat Aum Sat, Thou Art That.  Suchness.

Posted by David Korn on 02/17 at 10:32 PM from Dharma City, Essex County New Jersey, near Eden Sp.

Your writing is so refreshing compared to the most other writers and simply every time whenever I get a chance to visit your post I won’t miss. By the way thanks for this post. smile

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Posted by Steve Waugh on 04/17 at 01:21 AM from USA.

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