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Grad School Contradictions

Mark Morelli: At the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) last spring, I listened as a well-known and respected fine-art photographer moaned that he had “sold his soul to the devil” and was now doing editorial work. This comment goes directly to some of the contradictory feelings I’ve developed during my year-and-a-half back at school—feelings that both confuse and anger me about art schools. […]

A Grad Student’s Story

Bruce Myren: In everyone’s life, there are particular events that prove to be major crossroads. The decision I made in August of 1991 to not attend graduate school and return to Boston instead was one for me. Had I accepted and gone, I would now be 15 years into my career; instead, I am now beginning a very different life, one in which art likely plays a much bigger part. There is, of course, no way of knowing what would have happened had I chosen the other road. Nevertheless, I do know that now is the right time for me to be pursuing an MFA. […]

Lessons Learned

Henry Horenstein: Minor White told me I shouldn’t quit the class, because I’d already paid and I wasn’t getting a refund. And also, I might just learn something, if I had the right attitude. “Just take from the class what’s useful for you and throw out the rest, ” he said. And that’s exactly what I did. I learned to take a little of this and a little of that from Minor and later teachers, and then put the mix to best use for me—and hopefully for my students. […]