Why You Shouldn’t Go to Art School

students would be well served to avoid the New England Institute of Art, a private for-profit college, where the typical net price is $29,700, median debt is $30,600, 16 percent of borrowers default on their loans, and just 36 percent of students graduate.

Making Paper in a Paperless World: An Interview With Pulp and Deckle

In 2012, Jenn Woodward and Gary A. Hanson started a papermaking studio. Based out of Portland, Ore., Pulp and Deckle manufactures paper and gives workshops and classes about the process. Recently, I had an opportunity to chat with Jenn about her studio.

In a paperless world, you’re making paper. What was the impetus to start such a business? A lot if it came from living here in Portland. There’s a vibrant small business culture, and there’s such an emphasis on “green.” The types of papermaking we’re doing (recycled paper, plant-based paper) is a slow, sustainable art form.

For me, a major part of the appeal is having a connection to how something is made. It transforms your understanding of it. When you go to the farmers market, or go to a woodworker’s furniture store, you’re voting with your dollars to say you want to connect with your food or your furnishings on a deeper level. You want to know who planted it, who carved it, etc. That’s what we’re all about.

I think papermaking is kind of magical. It’s one of those art forms that not many know about. I like showing people that something they take for granted in their everyday environment can be special and imbibed with meaning, beauty and purpose.

How’d you get into papermaking in the first place? I first learned about papermaking while getting my MFA at the Museum School in Boston. I was doing a lot of drawing and mixed media work and got interested in making my own surfaces to work on. I got really into making onionskin papyrus…

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What Kate Bingaman-Burt Buys

Today I came across artist Kate Bingaman-Burt's site, which chronicles some of the thing she buys, as well as a period of time when she was drawing all of her credit card statements.

You Made an App Now Buy Some Art

New York’s baby techy billionaires aren’t buying art even though they have money to buy art, and the Art People are not happy about that. (“I would expect these people to have more of a fondness for and interest in collecting art, because it’s New York … That’s why you live here. If you didn’t want to be exposed to the arts, go live in the Valley.”)

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Chatting With Artist Darren Bader About His Donation Boxes at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Cats and Money

I interviewed artist Darren Bader over email as he prepared for his next exhibit at the Andrew Kreps Gallery, where he'll have a show opening in the middle of May. We talked about his work, his current piece at the Whitney, and how a person makes money as a conceptual artist. We also talked about cats.
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Money As Art

Mark Wagner is a collage artist who uses dollar bills as his material. While watching this, I kept thinking, "ahh, isn't it illegal to destroy currency?" (Yes.) But it's art.

Money, Class, and Diversity in the Arts

Andy Horwitz has a really good post about financial transparency, class, and diversity in The Brooklyn Commune Project, whose mission is to "investigate the economics of cultural production in the performing arts in the United States." [Thanks to Rebecca for the pointer.]

The Hustle of a Doll Maker: A Chat with Cinnamon Willis

Cinnamon, a former coworker of mine, started making dolls over two years ago. She works out of her Bronx one-bedroom at night, after coming home from her full-time graphic design job.

Who Will Buy the Only Copy of The Wu-Tang Clan’s Next Album?

The Wu-Tang Clan's next album, "The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" will be "available for purchase and ownership by one individual only," reports ArtsBeat. This means that there will be just one album, and it can only be heard while the album is "on tour".
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Three Tourists Bought Art From Banksy’s Anonymous Pop-Up Shop in Central Park This Weekend

On Saturday, an old man set up a stall in Central Park near Fifth Avenue selling "spray art" for $60 per canvas. He was able to sell a few canvasses to three tourists for a total of $420—which isn't so bad for someone selling street art. Graffiti artist Banksy revealed that the stall was actually a one-time pop-up shop that belonged to him, and the New York Post reports that the art could be worth as much as $31,000.
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I Didn’t Think Art Could Make Me Rich, But I Thought It Might Pay Some Very Cheap Rent (Nope)

After graduating college, I pulled together a poetry tour of the East Coast with three friends. We couch-surfed and split small sums from homemade book sales and venue entry fees. Our biggest check—$2,000—came from working with a small city’s public library. That money made it possible for us to break even after a month on the road, but only just. It was a start, we thought.

Years later, one friend is in graduate school for archival science; another is in school to become a Unitarian Universalist minister; and the third works at cash-for-gold stand in the mall. I schedule appointments at the office of a moving company.

None of us have been able to rely on writing as a sole source of income. None of us have jobs in the arts that pay our rent. There was a time when this would have surprised me.