Well, I always wanted the press to write about my artwork, but I didn’t think it would happen this way:
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.