|A Claire Slattery holds her degree.|
There’s always a little apprehension as graduation day approaches. So many young upstarts capture our attention while in college. Then they graduate. And, sometimes they leave. Or, worse, they put their art on the back-burner so they can focus their attention on earning their white picket fence. Excuse me while I vomit. No, really, to each her own, but what I really love are the artists who emerge from academia committed to their creative vision. I say fucking go for it. Live fiercely and make art everywhere… especially here. Arizona can be changed for the better. Such a beautiful weird visionary place deserves beautiful weird visionary people. Stake your claim.
This year, I was particularly excited to hear that many graduates are doing just that: continuing to make art right here in Arizona. Every year it seems as if our arts community grows a little bit more and a little bit more. Direction is everything and we are definitely moving in the right one. I am very excited to see what some of this year’s graduates will do over a lifetime of artistic endeavors. Sometimes, it takes an entire lifetime, but for these graduates in particular, the potential is there and we should all be watching… not to add to the already debilitating sense of pressure in the face of the almost-inevitable post-graduate depression. It’s why the film is called The Graduate. We’ve all been there. Persevere. We’re all with you.
Graduate: Daniel Mills
Degree: English Literature & a Certificate in the Environmental Humanities
|Daniel photographed by Niba Del Castillo, an amazing
AZ artist we discovered through PhxTaco!
The graduation of the man behind Phoenix Taco, one of our favorite blogs around town, might have us in a tizzy if we were more concerned about being the best blog in town and less concerned with helping to make Arizona the place to be for art. Thankfully, we have our priorities straight so we can celebrate with Daniel Mills as he embarks on new projects post-graduation. Phoenix Taco is one of the best places to learn about the art that happens around the state. Most of you out there have no idea what goes into making a successful and informative blog. We do. For years now, Daniel has managed to keep up with art and artists scattered throughout the state and, in doing so, he has proven himself an invaluable resource to the AZ arts community. Phoenix Taco is not just about gallery shows or who’s at First Friday either. Daniel digs up the artists obscured from the vision of mainstream media and brings those folks to light. Whether an artists’ work appears in galleries, on city walls, or even wheat-pasted to the side of trailer on the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, he will find you if your work merits attention. With classes over and the world waiting, Daniel plans to begin a new online publication focusing on Arizona arts and culture with the addition of sustainability-related issues. We can’t wait for the unveiling.
Graduate: A Claire Slattery
|Evan Bisbee (left) at the School of Public Performance.|