2008 Bush Artist Fellows Alec Soth (left) and Nathaniel Freeman. Photo by Anne Nicolai.
People who make art don't get salaries. Very few people, relatively speaking, buy much art. Yet as a community, we want painters to keep on painting, writers to keep on writing, dancers to keep on dancing, film makers to keep on making films, and sculptors to keep on forming objects out of clay and wood and metal.
For more information about the Bush Artist Program, including the rigorous selection process, visit www.BushFoundation.org.
Thankfully, for 32 years, the Bush Foundation has been selecting up to 15 artists annually from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to receive a chunk of money that enables them to continue their work.