August 17, 2004

 

judgment day even online for digital art-

 

From: "Cecil Herring" <cherring@spacescapes.com>
To: "MOCA admin" <admin@moca.virtual.museum>
Subject: Re: The MOCA network... MOCA: Museum of Computer Art

Dear Mr. Archer:
I am disappointed that my web site is not
approved by MOCA. I would appreciate very much
your giving me a critique and specifics on why my
site was not accepted.
Also I would appreciate  specific
information on on how I can change my site in
order to be accepted! It means a lot to me,
believe me. I would like to see your mission
statement, goals and objectives as an
organization with the name you have and your
specific criteria for approval.
As a 45 year practicing professional
trained traditional woman artist, and I feel I
have been recognized as having successfully made
transition from oil, watercolor, acrylic
painting, casting, welding and electroforming
(another very difficult medium metal forming
medium) sculpture to digital art. I changed to
digital art in 1988 when I got sick enough to end
up in the hospital from metal forming chemicals
and fumes.
I started training in computer graphics
in 1988 at Florida Atlantic University, Brevard
Community Collage after I received a BA at
University of Central Florida in Humanities, the
Arts in 1986 - painting, sculpture, theatre,
music and writing. There was no digital school at
U.C.F. at that time.
I continued study wherever I could find
digital training, finally enrolling in McFatter
Technical School in Davie, Florida in 1994 and
graduating and receiving certification in
Photoshop, Illustrator and Quark in 1995.
There were very few people even using
computers when I started creating digital art. My
first computer had 8 megs of ram and there were
no good color printers. Color printers were
considered 'pre-press.'
I mounted my first web site in 1997,
creating my site myself, working alone as web
master registering my domain www.spacescapes.com.
I trademarked the name in 2000 and now have
thousands of links.
I was asked to help set up the Digital
Institute at Stetson University in 1996 and
taught digital art for the first year to help the
school get up and running.
I have been a digital artist since 1995
but in my home state, Florida, digital art still
has not been accepted as a viable medium.
Collectors here still consider digital art a
cheap trick! I have heard that is the case in
other areas of the U.S. Only recently did a few
galleries and museums begin to accept the digital
medium. My home state of Florida is still trying
to even get used to the idea of digital art!
For example, the directors at Ormond
Museum, Ormond Beach, Florida told me last fall,
"our board does not consider digital art a
medium. Send us SLIDES OF YOUR TRADITIONAL WORKS!"
  So, while I have been working as a
digital artist for some 12 years, I have been
disheartened by the fact that most museums and
galleries and juried shows have not accepted
digital art as a medium at all!
Thus, it has also fallen to early digital
artists like me to TRY to educate the public to
accepting digital art as an ART MEDIUM at all.
Nationallly, I have personally entered
and received recognition as a digital artist in
many juried shows since 1995 when my digital art,
created in Photo Shop 2 was accepted for the
World's Women On-Line Juried Show, juried by
Muriel Magenta, Arizona State University  and
exhibited using BATTERY power in Beijing, China.
I received a Kodak National Innovator
Award for my large digital format printing using
a 36" printer in 2001 with the work shown at
Seybold, San Francisco, the digital symposium. My
digital work, Koi, was published in Photography,
7th edition, by Prentice Hall in 2002 on page 246.

I personally love creating digital art.
But since I CAN create prize winning digital
works and CAN ALSO create prize winning
traditional works and make some money to pursue
my digital art goals, I simply try to work it
both ways!
I am proud to say as a practicing
professional artist since 1955, I have had five
art careers and many successes and much
recognition! Thus, I am proud to exhibit all my
media on my web site. I maintain my web site
myself. Is that a plus or a minus in your judging
my site? What are the pluses if any and the
minuses, specifically?
As a long time traditional artist, I
feel should not be penalized for using my
previous traditional media along with the digital
art. I have been successful in all the art fields
I have sought to enter.I do not to HIDE my
traditional past. Is my previous art history a
minus?
I use my thousands of images, slides,
drawings, paintings and current photographs
burned onto CDs plus Painter, Photoshop 7 to
create new digital art.    I want to be
recognized as having been able to do both.
My goal is to use my traditional art
images to show HOW transitions can be made from
traditional art to digital art and then move
totally into the digital age of sending art into
space and to other planets.
At the same time I seek to educate
viewers on how our new digital age can give more
meaning and diversity and to give them an
entirely new art experience and a whole new way
of looking and collecting, to inspire them and
help them 'cross over' and be a part of it.
Sincerely, Cecil Herring

Cecil,
>
>Thank you for your email, which I read closely. I am unable
>to respond seriatim, but I felt the quality of your digital art,
>in my humble opinion, did not merit inclusion of your site
>in MOCANET. This is strictly a subjective decision.
>I have often been wrong and I may be wrong in this case.
>
>If so, I request that you renew your submission
>in the foreseeable future and I will try to
>look at your site with fresh eyes.
>
>Cordially,
>Don Archer
>Director
>MOCA: Museum of Computer Art
>http://moca.virtual.museum
>