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Gail Selfridge <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 9 Nov 1999 10:28:05 -0600
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I am an artist/illustrator/writer who belongs to the Guild as well as
the ASBA. This is my first attempt to send a message to the list even
though I have been receiving them for over a year.

As I write this message I feel like a scientist monitoring space and
attempting to communicate with other life forms--are they out there?
Except, in this case, I know you are there, but can I find the right
frequency? Open a channel Mr. Paris.

I am currently working on writing an article the subject of which is:
"How I learned to stop resisting and accept that money equals
respect." This is a "Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."
article that puts the responsibility on us as artists to actively
help determine the future into which we will be assimilated rather
than just passively accepting what others decide dish out.

I am soliciting input in the form of personal experiences, comments
and any other relevant info or insights, particularly successful
coping strategies. If anyone is interested in the topic and wants to
communicate, here are my various addresses.

Gail Selfridge, Information Specialist
Kansas State University Gardens
2021 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
Manhatttan, Kansas 66506-5506
Tel. 785-532-3468
FAX 785-532-6949
to e-mail gail on yellow brick road: [log in to unmask]

Just for the record, I have a degree in Sociology. I got into
Scientific Illustration when I was a student at the University of
Kansas. I was taking a minor in art and enrolled in a class called
"Nature and Museum Drawing"; the instructor came to me and said,
"You're good at this. Why don't you go over to the Natural History
Museum and see if you can get a job." I did go over there, and I did
get a job doing illustrations in Herpetology.

I thought the talent scouts had (at last) discovered me. Then one day
a graduate student in the department came by my work station and
said, in a less than positive manner, "I wish I could get paid to sit
and all day and draw pictures." Rain was falling on my parade, but I
did manage to reply, " I wish you could too, but unfortunately you
would have to be talented."

This is just one small, humorous, experience. There have been many
other experiences that were not humorous. These experiences have
taught me a great deal, not the least of which is that people don't
respect the work of artists because they see it as "playing". And,
perhaps more importantly,  I have learned that artists must be
willing to confront and fight back.

I am trying to put materials together in a manner that transcends
merely personal catharsis. The plan is to focus on examples of this
underlying issue and how a cross section of individuals are
successfully handling it.

I am now putting this message into my electronic bottle, throwing it
into the list, and hoping that someone out there will have something
to share.
Gail Selfridge, Information Sepcialist
Kansas State University Gardens
2021 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center
Manhattan, KS 66506-5506
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Tel: 785-532-3468 Fax:785-532-6949