But, one of the last artists I chose to research is a gentleman name Matt Wedel. Wedel was born in Palisade, CO (?!?!) and got his master's from California State University in Long Beach, not Alfred. When I was in Portland I got to see some of his very large sculptures at one of the galleries. Now, if money talks, this gallery was screaming. His work was shown along side that of greats like Peter Voulkos and Grayson Perry, and it was certainly holding its own.
As I approach the end of my schooling I realize just how much work there is after school to truly develop a career. Sure, the easy way would be to just settle into a teaching job and make a little art now and then, but the really exciting part of being an artist would be to make a lot of work and see just where that can lead me. When I started the MFA program at Hays, I began with the attitude that I would get out of it what I put into it. I think I need to approach career development with the same attitude. Carving out a niche in the art world may not be easy, but it's certainly worth trying for, and trying hard. I'm sure there will be times when I will feel like it would be easier to just give up, but, in the end, I really enjoy making MY art and that drive will help me to continue.
Who knows, maybe someday I'll be shown along side greats like Voulkos, Perry and Wedel.