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Re: entry fees

    You have any idea where or what this "Art Papers" is?   It sounds like
an article that just might do us some good......
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From: Indigo Som <indigos@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, April 08, 1998 2:11 AM
Subject: entry fees

>OK, I'm jumping in to the fray...
>It's clear to me that both artists & galleries/show organizers work very
>hard & deserve to be compensated for their work/risk/&c. But, in this
>debate between overworked, underpaid artists vs. overworked, underpaid show
>organizers, what about the issue of public support for the arts? I haven't
>paid close enough attention to remember whether all who posted were from
>the U.S. or not, but I wonder if folks from other countries are
>experiencing the same dilemma w/ rising entry fees (or even entry fees at
>all), starving artists & struggling arts presenters?
>Many other countries recognize that the arts require govt. support: Per
>capita spending on culture in the U.S. is $0.61, compared to $3.27 in
>Canada, $16.53 in England, $75.34 in the Netherlands. (These are all U.S. $
>equivalents as of 1994, from a chart in _Art Papers_ July/Aug 97, which
>also notes that current funding has remained in similar proportion to
>overall federal budgets.) I would imagine that some of this govt. support
>is available for organizations wishing to hold art exhibitions.
>Whenever I see a call for entries that has a fee attached to it, I sigh &
>wish that the organizers had gotten a grant instead. My problem w/ entry
>fees has mostly to do w/ (un)fairness to those artists who really don't
>have any money & have to struggle just to pay for their art materials,
>never mind pay for slides & postage & insurance &c. &c. &c.... Art in the
>U.S. is something that only comparitively rich people can do successfully
>(I mean careerwise, not artistically). In answer to the person who thinks
>that art is like any other business & you have to pay for marketing: I
>agree in theory. But I don't think the bank is in the habit of giving
>small-business loans to fine artists so they can pay for entry fees & all
>that other stuff we need.
>Well, I was going to write about pricing too, but then this post would be
>2x as long!
>Indigo Som  ***  bitchy buddha press  ***  indigos@xxxxxxxxxx
>"I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from" --Bob

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