Friday, June 11, 2010

An Open Letter to Art Schools Everywhere

Look at this:

"Open Letter to Art Schools Everywhere
JUNE 9, 2010

by Thomas James

To the faculty and boards of art schools everywhere,

As an Illustrator, Writer, and Podcaster I explore the issues that face creative professionals every day and do my best to share resources and inspiration with my fellow artists.

At least once a week, I receive an email from both experienced and novice Illustrators alike who express immense gratitude for the information that I provide via my blog and podcast, Escape from Illustration Island. In these emails, artists from all over the world complain about the lack of business education they received when they attended art school. Many of them tell me that when they graduated with their Bachelor’s degree they felt a sense of panic and anxiety as they realized that while they had learned the technical skills to pursue their craft, they were completely unprepared for the many aspects of running a creative business. I have often been thanked and praised as a breath of fresh air in the industry, and even called a 'hero'..."

read the rest; discussion here and on the original post is welcome:

I am forwarding this to my alma mater as well.