Two nights ago, I won Best of Show at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s “All Media”exhibition. I still feel excited and completely humbled by it.
This win is coming at the end of a rather hectic month for me as an artist/exhibitor. One of my larger scale pieces, “Equestrian,” got into two shows that were going to run simultaneously, one being the Ann Arbor show. I only had a few moments to be excited by this before I had to start scrambling to make another version of the piece. The work is so large (5 feet wide), needs to be plexi-mounted, and my dad and I have been building the frames & cleats ourselves, so it was an undertaking.
While all this was going on, I whipped out my copy of Art & Fear, focusing on the chapters dealing with success, audience, and all the stuff that goes along with exhibiting. Since my work usually takes a long time to make, I always look forward to the part when I can show it to other people. This year I’ve put a lot of energy into getting my work out there and presenting it, and the successes I’ve had have been great, but I still have that feeling of needing to conquer the next mountain or something. I’m not sure if this is healthy artistic drive or not. Either way, I’ve been trying to soak in these good moments, and I really appreciate the people in my life who encourage me to do so.