New Arts Grads Plan to Carve Out their Own Success


Entering the Art world may seem daunting, but for several new art graduates interviewed by Helen Crane, perspective on their future prospects appeared to be a big part of their education.

 One of the grads, Aileen McEwen, stated, “”When you tell someone you are at art school, they get this look of condescension on their face. I get fiercely defensive because I think you learn practical skills, you discover how to be self-motivated, and you are constantly forced to articulate your ideas.”

 Although optimistic, the grads are aware of the growing number of people entering their profession every year, and seem compelled to push their art further in attempts to break into the business. Innovation, paired with an entrepreneurial attitude, seems to be the path to pave for these young creatives.

 Micah Harbon, 24, who is graduating from Goldsmiths in the UK, says: “You can’t think ‘I’m out of a job’; you’ve got to think ‘I’m going to make my own money’. I don’t think there’s a job already out there that’s perfect for me; I’d like to make the perfect job for myself.”

 Some have seen the recent economic recession as an additional obstacle for new arts workers, but in the case of Alex Slonevsky and Andre Escarameia, a graphic designer and art writer respectively and former students at the Sotheby’s Institute, they saw this as an opportunity to be their own creative entrepreneurs—they opened their own gallery. They, along with a slew of young D-I-Y art dealers, have been flocking to Manhattan’s lower east side. In their wake, a new East Village gallery scene has emerged—showing work on a realistic scale, at realistic prices, by artists who may have gone unnoticed at the peak of the pre-recession boom.


Karyn McNay


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