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  • Gallery Ring “Land-Water-Sky” Online Juried Exhibition

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring announces a new contest that celebrates the Land, Water and Sky...
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  • 5th Anniversary Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is celebrating a very special milestone. October 2020 is the gallery’s..
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  • PRISMA ART PRIZE - 6th edition

    Location: ROME,

    Il Varco is glad to inaugurate the sixth edition of Prisma Art Prize,..
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  • Gallery Ring “Solo Art Contest”

    Location: , ON

    Gallery Ring invites artists worldwide to submit a portfolio of work for consideration...
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  • Call for Photo Submissions: Ottawa

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Do It For The Grain is an Ottawa-based, semi-regular publication of analog black..
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  • Niagara Pumphouse Fundraising Auction

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is excited to announce its first online fundraising..
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  • Artist Call for emerging artists for participation in Art Contest

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    ART VANCOUVER is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its 6th edition..
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  • 16th “Solo Art Series” – Online Solo Art Exhibition Opportunity

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 16th “Solo Art Series”..
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  • 6th Annual Figures & Faces Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Figures & Faces art competition..
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  • 4th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms”

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • 1st Annual Body + Art Contemporary Exhibition 2020

    Location: Victoria, BC

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 1st Annual Body + Art Contemporary Exhibition 2020 The Truth Gym Gallery..
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  • 2020 Online Open Art Competition

    Location: Spruce Grove, AB

    Deadline for entry is Aug 15 Viewing is Sept 8-Oct 2 Ribbons & prizes will..
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  • “Isolation” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline August 31, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Around the world for the past few months, people have been..
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  • Nocturn - Alberta Society of Artists

    Location: Blairmore, AB

    The artworks shown in this Alberta Society of Artists juried exhibition have been..
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  • Call for Artists + Photographers - $550.00 Innovate Grants

    Location: , DE

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • Here we Are...Online Show

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Online Show...from Mixed Media Mushrooms...to Box Books And Paintings..
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  • 3rd Annual Women Artists Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is once again celebrating women artists with its 15th quarterly online..
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  • Call for Artist: BIPOC Artist Instagram Project

    Location: Montréal, QC

    HEAR US NOW! BIPOC Artist Instagram Project CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS During this time of crisis..
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  • 10 Years of EAHR x EAHR | Media CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BIPOC Artist Instagram Project Supporting the practices of BIPOC Artists during COVID-19

    Location: Montréal, QC

    10 Years of EAHR x EAHR | Media CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BIPOC Artist Instagram..
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  • CALL for ARTISTS:

    Location: , AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18..
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  • CALL for ARTISTS:

    Location: , AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18..
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  • ASA Online Artists Choice 2020

    Location: , AB

    Running July 1st through August 31st 2020. The Alberta Society of Artists..
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  • Beacon Original Art: Call for Artists

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Getting even more creative during COVID-19? Then apply now to participate in our..
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10 RULES FOR LIFE AND WORK

By July 1, 2020

This past Monday, June 29th, Milton Glaser passed away at the age of 91 on his birthday. Many of you may never have heard of him as he was a graphic designer, teacher, mentor and very aware artist and designer from New York. He lived the dream of every designer – working on the big important design pieces that influence the thinking and life of those past generations. Yes, he designed the Bob Dylan album, the I Love NY symbol and much more.

MILTON GLASER”S TEN RULES FOR WORK AND LIFE (& A BONUS JOKE ABOUT A RABBIT).

1. YOU CAN ONLY WORK FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU LIKE

Some years ago I realized that… all the work I had done that was meaningful and significant came out of an affectionate relationship with a client.

2. IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE NEVER HAVE A JOB

Here, Glaser quotes composer John CageNever have a job, because if you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be unprepared for your old age. 

3. SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC AVOID THEM.

Glaser recommends putting a questionable companion to a gestalt therapy test. If, after spending time with that person “you are more tired, then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy, you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible and I suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.”

4. PROFESSIONALISM IS NOT ENOUGH (or THE GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF THE GREAT)

Glaser concedes that a record of dependable excellence is something to look for in a brain surgeon or auto mechanic, but for those in the arts, “continuous transgression” is the quality to cultivate. Professionalism does not allow for that because transgression has to encompass the possibility of failure and if you are professional your instinct is not to fail, it is to repeat success. 

5. LESS IS NOT NECESSARILY MORE

I have an alternative to the proposition that I believe is more appropriate. ‘Just enough is more.’

6. STYLE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED

Style change is usually linked to economic factors, as all of you know who have read Marx. Also fatigue occurs when people see too much of the same thing too often.

7. HOW YOU LIVE CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

The brain is the most responsive organ of the body…. Thought changes our life and our behavior. I also believe that drawing works in the same way…. Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy.

8. DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY

One of the signs of a damaged ego is absolute certainty. Schools encourage the idea of not compromising and defending your work at all costs. Well, the issue at work is usually all about the nature of compromise…. Ideally, making everyone win through acts of accommodation is desirable.

9. IT DOESN’T MATTER

Glaser credits essayist Roger Rosenblatt’s Rules for Aging (misidentifying the title as Aging Gracefully) with helping him articulate his philosophy here.  It doesn’t matter what you think. It does not matter if you are late or early, if you are here or there, if you said it or didn’t say it, if you are clever or if you were stupid. If you were having a bad hair day or a no hair day or if your boss looks at you cockeyed or your boyfriend or girlfriend looks at you cockeyed, if you are cockeyed. If you don’t get that promotion or prize or house or if you do – it doesn’t matter.

10. TELL THE TRUTH

It’s interesting to observe that in the new AIGA’s code of ethics there is a significant amount of useful information about appropriate behavior towards clients and other designers, but not a word about a designer’s relationship to the public. If we were licensed, telling the truth might become more central to what we do.

BONUS JOKE

A butcher was opening his market one morning and as he did a rabbit popped his head through the door. The butcher was surprised when the rabbit inquired ‘Got any cabbage?’ The butcher said ‘This is a meat market – we sell meat, not vegetables.’ The rabbit hopped off. The next day the butcher is opening the shop and sure enough the rabbit pops his head round and says ‘You got any cabbage?’ The butcher now irritated says ‘Listen you little rodent, I told you yesterday we sell meat, we do not sell vegetables and the next time you come here I am going to grab you by the throat and nail those floppy ears to the floor.’ The rabbit disappeared hastily and nothing happened for a week. Then one morning the rabbit popped his head around the corner and said ‘Got any nails?’ The butcher said ‘No.’ The rabbit said ‘Ok. Got any cabbage?’’

Read the full written reasons on the 10 Rules For Life and Work by Milton Glaser. Check out Milton Glaser's website page.