April 26, 2011
The Day of New London, CT wrote an article about the Lincoln portrait contest. Although the reporter didn’t interview me personally, she quoted from my earlier blog post.
And I learned something new about the whole debacle: the jury didn’t even see all of the contest submissions. The Director of the Slater Museum pre-selected less than half of the portraits, and only that small group was juried.
This is even worse than I thought. Everything I said before about ethics and lack of respect or fairness…double it.
I naively assumed that my rejection was fair-and-square, that at least the jury had evaluated my artwork, and I could accept that. I didn’t realize our rejections came before the jury even got involved, and that I do not accept.
I don’t know how the contest can be considered valid at this point. What an embarrassment to the city.
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.