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  • 2nd Watercolor Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 2nd Watercolor Online Art Competition. For this 16th..
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  • 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Colorful Abstractions art competition for..
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  • 10th Annual Nature Online Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • On the Eighth Day

    Location: Lake Country, BC

    In many spiritual traditions, the number Seven represents a special signifier for the..
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  • Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre’s Fall Online Fundraising Art Auction

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is excited to announce its Fall online fundraising..
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  • The 2020 Virtual Los Angeles Printers Fair

    Location: Carson, CA

    The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, California..
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  • Ontario Between an Abstract and Figurative Vision: Eric Ranveau

    Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

    Artist Eric Ranveau invites viewers to experience a new vision of Ontario landscapes..
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  • ASA Call to Artists: The Artist's Lens 2021

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Street (urban) photographs are not always only about buildings and roads. They are..
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  • ASA Scholarships 2021 (Undergrad + Graduate)

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists awards three scholarships to Fine Arts students in..
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  • Call for Artists - DIVIDE Magazine Issue 1 Volume 3

    Location: , ON

    Divide Magazine is an independent, by monthly, contemporary art magazine based out of..
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  • 11th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art is now accepting entries for the 11th Artist Spotlight Solo Art..
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  • Check Jooble for Art related Jobs

    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Looking for a job in the ARTS in Canada? We have thousands of..
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  • Wild Auction 2020 - Call for Artists

    Location: Victoria, BC

    Pacific Wild Alliance, a conservation organization focused on the Great Bear Rainforest, and..
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  • The 1st Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition is Now Open

    Location: New York, NY

    The Asian Contemporary Fine Art Competition aims to discover and celebrate talented Asian,..
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  • $550.00 Innovate Grants — Call for Artists + Photographers

    Location: , BC

    Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant..
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  • Feminism at the Intersection of Conflict: Contemporary Art in Ukraine Lecture Series

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    Ukraine’s history and contemporary reality are marked by conflict; targeting artists and intellectuals..
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  • 6th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 6th Annual Leaves & Petals art competition..
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  • scrutinized by the ancestors

    Location: Toronto, ON

    The exhibit in the main floor Genesis Gallery is ..
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  • Art Exhibition

    Location: Saskatoon, SK

    Aug. 3 through November 6, 2020, at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon,..
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  • “Animals” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline October 31, 2020

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Animals are critical to our existence. Sometimes they are covered in..
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  • Fabric and Textile Artists

    Location: LADYSMITH, BC

    Call to Fabric and Textile Artists. If there are fabric or textile artists who..
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  • The 3rd Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    New York Art Competitions are pleased to announce the opening of the Latin..
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  • ASA Gallery Presents: The Big Leap!

    Location: Calgary, AB

    Please join us for the opening reception of “The Big Leap!” being held..
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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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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.