Since last August I have been working for Bluegrass Farm to Table, housed within the Mayors Office of Lexington, Kentucky. This work has demanded my growth in so many ways, including artistically! Many of my recent graphic design projects have been for an event or program managed by our office. Being a quasi government employee has presented it's challenges, but also provided the opportunity to enter my work in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government National Arts Program Exhibition. Yes, that's a mouthful. The National Arts Program was founded in 1982 to provide employees of government, hospitals, airports and other large organizations a forum to showcase their visual artistic talents. I think thats an awesome mission!
As an entrant, I had to self-identify as an Amateur, Intermediate, or Professional artist. After a brief confrontation with self-doubt and financial desperation (hefty cash prizes in each category) I decided that if I expect others to take me seriously as an artist, I must do the same for myself. I am a professional artist. Yes, I AM a professional artist.
The evening of the reception came at the end of a truly rotten day. I planned on showing up to support the mission of the program and quickly scoot back to my rural sanctuary. I ended up caught in lovely conversations and taking home first place for professional entrees.
I am so, so grateful.
I've had my fair share of disappointments, but every affirmation makes me more confident in stepping forward with developing my skills and creating this work.