Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Microstory 1343: Art Institute

Art Institute Interviewer: So, why do you want to attend Hillside Art Institute?
Art Institute Candidate: Well, I want to be an artist.
Art Institute Interviewer: Do you want to become an artist, or are you already an artist?
Art Institute Candidate: Oh, well, I guess I already am. I would say as soon as I declared that that’s what I wanted to be, I was. Yeah, that makes sense.
Art Institute Interviewer: If you’re already an artist, what good do you think it will do to come here?
Art Institute Candidate: Should I not?
Art Institute Interviewer: That’s not what I’m saying. I just want to know your background, your intentions, and your expectations.
Art Institute Candidate: Well, I suppose I’ve never really thought about it before. I don’t know exactly when I made that declaration I was talking about. Everyone does art as kids, and most probably don’t give it much thought until they’re a little older. I just never really stopped, ya know? Some of my peers were focusing on their writing skills, or sports, or the sciences, but I always really looked forward to art class, and things just kept going from there. I’m doing a lot of it in high school, so art school just seems like the next logical step.
Art Institute Interviewer: That’s what you would think, but is art...very..logical?
Art Institute Candidate: I would never use that word to describe it, no. Or yes?
Art Institute Interviewer: Whatever you think is the truth. It’s your truth. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you, not even me. You just have to understand that my job is not to help you get into this institution. No one is responsible for that but you. I’m just here to find out if this is where you belong, or if you should go somewhere else. This isn’t a difficult program. The teachers aren’t going to yell at you, or grade you harshly, or have a bunch of tests. It’s not easy, but if you like making things, it should generally work out. So the school itself is not the problem. The problem—or question, really—is will you benefit from going here? Will this improve your work in ways that you won’t get elsewhere. Because I’m here to tell ya, there aren’t a lot of jobs you can get after this. If you want something in a related field, like curating, or graphic design, other colleges are probably better for you, and their curriculum is more diverse, so that’s a plus. Many of our students are here because they don’t have access to certain equipment and supplies. They can’t get scholarships for brushes and clay if they’re just doing it on their own. Again, I’m not saying you won’t benefit from this. We have a strong network of people who kind of already understand each other, and if not, it’s easy for them to learn. Even with the internet, and other networking opportunities, nothing beats a school like this. If that’s what you’re really interested in, come on in.
Art Institute Candidate: Wow, this has been an eye-opening interview. You’ve given me a lot to think about.
Art Institute Interviewer: Now, hold on. This isn’t over. I still need to look over your portfolio, and we should discuss what it is you like to do. I just needed to make sure you had all the facts, so you could make the best decision for you.
Art Institute Candidate: Okay, cool. I do different things. Here are my landscapes...

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