Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking - Chapter 7, The Academic World Summary & Analysis

David Bayles
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Chapter 7, The Academic World Summary and Analysis

The authors argue that art programs in college have an important and positive function, but this is an unpopular position in the art world. The authors admit that these programs are not that important, but they are still important. Most artists dread the idea of being a faculty member, as it would crush their creativity. The idea of going to school is also thought to bring about conformity. Further, art teachers have bad reputations.

Unfortunately, the cards are stacked against art teachers. Hiring committees rarely select primarily for teaching talent, and judging teaching ability is difficult. Further, many universities want the artist to have a specialty, which may limit the artist's interests. Many MFA graduates are destroyed in the very process of applying for jobs. Newcomer talent is ignored in many cases. Teaching experience is...

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