Harlen Munsö


I often submit to artist calls when I can. Elated to share that Today I got the best feedback from Seattle’s very own art experts, Artist Trust. I maybe, knowingly, didn’t present as an artist and was far too informal. It was my first time submitting to them. Their reply:

I didn’t expect that Artist Trust would dismiss folks as artist tho.   Normal exchanges between organizations and applicants is generally polite. Something like “the blank blank has been awarded to another/other artist.” 

I could care less if my application wasn’t accepted. But, it’s the way their rejection email was formatted that kept me interested. Maybe it’s the new moon in Taurus sparking this curiosity?

So I guess I wondered what an “artist” was afterwards. Naturally I went to the artist trust website and saw their featured artist. I did enjoy every artist’s work one way or another. There was some romance and beauty and some just plain knock off blue chip. (is that a thing?) However, I saw a lot of ego followed by some really lovely faux finishes forced into a dialogue. Overall there was a lot to see but not much left to ponder. I did absolutely love the craftsmanship of a number of artworks.

The more I look at the community of artists here the more excited my own craft has become. I’m not saying anyone’s art is bad, I’m just saying mine is better. A nice realization to go with an embarrassingly predictable surprisingly egotistical rejection email. I just looked at their board and I wish it was a bit more diverse.

I guess I’m really concerned that if someone other than I received this email how would they react? I worry that on a bad day for the right person this could be fatal.

Dear Artist Trust, 

sit down

With Love,

yours truly

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