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Forum Friday: Discussions from the BrushBuzz art forum 5-04-12

This article points to recent questions asked on the BrushBuzz Art Forum.

Some recent questions from the BrushBuzz Art Forum:


1. Fine Arts -- a useless major? (Visit the BrushBuzz Art Forum to read more about this question.)

Artist Gayle Faucette Wisbon replied to this question, stating, "Something is useless only if you never use it. When I started college (way back when), I was determined to go and study what I loved and not what would necessarily make me a lot of money.". Artist Anda Kett added, "Those 4 years majoring in Fine Art enriched my life in a way I hadn't planned. I didn't end up teaching secondary art as I thought I would, but it still came in handy at the elementary level... and now in retirement, I have confidence that others lack.". Artist Trish Booth offered her opinion, stating, "I chose to study something I loved and because I loved it I kept at it long and hard. I'm now at the point where my art is supporting me--you can hardly call that useless!".

2. Government funding: Is art just as important as food? (Visit the BrushBuzz Art Forum to read more about this question.)

Artist Floyd Alsbach offered his thoughts, stating, "Government commissions are a fine tradition, but Federal gov't funding of artists through grants is great politics and weak wisdom.". Alsbach added, "The Federal Government should get out of our studios, bedrooms, closets, homes, bodies, churches, schools, televisions, radios, everything possible.". Concerning government backed art funding, artist Sam Thorp stated, "I personally think it's a much better use of my tax money than say... a bloated military industrial complex that engages in wars with people who did not actually attack us.". Thorp added, "Not all artists should be supported. I realize that it is a challenge to be fair, and inclusive and to not offend anyone.... but these are the challenges we should be tackling. Finding new ways to represent people instead of ... say...... new ways to kill them.". Artist Robert Sloan offered his thoughts, stating, "Art is part of human nature. If the government is cutting necessities, tightening belts on food and survival needs, this gives the impression to the world that this wealthy country is poor and hopeless. If the government is freely spending on arts to benefit the public - public performances and public works of art and public libraries and classes and schools - then the country presents itself as both successful and civilized.".

3. How often do you visit art museums or art galleries? (Visit the BrushBuzz Art Forum to read more about this question)

Artist Gayle Faucette Wisbon replied to this question, stating, "Not often enough. I look at a lot of art online, but it is a whole different perspective and source of inspiration to walk through a museum every now and then.".

Do you have a question or discussion-starter that you would like to address to the BrushBuzz / FASO community? If so, visit the art forum. You can also receive links to BrushBuzz art forum discussions throughout the week by signing up for the BrushBuzz Daily Top 10 Newsletter.

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