I just finished a visiting artist lecture today at Appalachian State University for Lynn Duryea's Professional Practice class. This is the second year I have been invited to present for the class and I always leave feeling energized and refreshed about art making. Lynn's Professional Practice class was one of the most informative and beneficial classes I took during my undergraduate studies. She worked relentlessly to bring in as many artists from all media and all walks of life into the classroom to talk with us about this challenging career choice. It was during this class that I began to understand what it means to be a full-time studio artist.
Therefore, I would like to thank Lynn and her class for inviting me to speak today. I would also like to thank the other two visiting artists of the day, Branch Richter and Ben Wesemann. All three of us are alumni of the A.S.U. program and have very different stories to tell.
Lynn has a new website and a beautiful show on display at Santa Fe Clay in New Mexico. If you're out west, check out her work. If not, you can see it here at: www.lynnduryea.com
Also, the lovely, Melisa Cadell, came to give a visiting artist lecture at the university yesterday. She was the very first artist that I interned with about three years ago. It was so good to see her and to watch how her work has evolved since her time in graduate school. I cannot wait to see what she'll do next!