Art Dirt: The Things They Don’t Teach You in Art School

by Glasstire September 25, 2022
College students gather around a table in a brightly lit, windowed room.

The interior of Yale’s Sculpture Building. Photo: Peter Aaron/OTTO

Jessica Fuentes and Brandon Zech discuss the practical, real-world implications of being in the art world.

“After you get out of school, being an artist is a lifestyle. It’s a full-time job that oftentimes you don’t get paid for, so you’re really holding two full-time jobs so you can life your life and make art.”

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Joyce L. September 25, 2022 - 19:43

Hi, I just wanted to say how much I appreciated this episode. Everything you covered was on point for me. I’m ~6 years out of school and doing very well career-wise but it truly is juggling two full-time jobs – working 7 days/wk and still feeling like I have sacrificed many core life experiences (thank u Jessica for mentioning the family aspect!!) I am very lucky to be pursuing my passion and wouldn’t have done it any other way, but it is super validating to hear artists bring up these often unspoken realities rather than suffering alone in studio!

carl smith September 29, 2022 - 10:07

from 2012-2022 i have done 40 group and 27 solo shows in central texas, i have no idea how to not feel jaded and how to avoid feeling hopeless about making work during covid , which is 400 times harder ? how do you do endure ?


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