Midwestern Interjection

When it rains, it pours.

Quite the opportunity fell on me the other day. A local gallery invited me to display some work in their space for April. This is huge. I can not explain what this means to me. Shows are rare. Solo shows are unicorns. I have had my share of rejections and disappointments over the last few months. Nothing heart breaking, just par for the course during the first few years out of school.

This show has instilled a renewed confidence in myself. The “plan” over the last few months has been to apply to graduate school for Fall 2014. My success in this endeavor hinges, in my mind, on how I fill this interlude between undergrad and graduate school.  Chasing jobs across America, creating new work and testing myself professionally are all pieces to the whole that will reflect what I’ll have done with my two years between Bradley and (insert graduate school here).

It’s about more than filling some lines on a resume. It’s about filling out my life. I have written before about how I miss the hectic nature of collegiate life. During my freshmen year at Bradley I experienced a similar excess of free time. Which was quickly filled by the time sophomore year rolled around. As I near the end of the my “freshmen year” of post-college living I can feel the cards begin to stack as I find new hobbies and goals to fill my time and occupy my mind.

All of this excitement, the show and the new internship, could not have come at a better time. Life had slowed down some and I was starting to worry that work would be the extent of my experiences here in Flagstaff. This good fortune has made me excited for what will come during the rest of my time in Northern Arizona.


About Damon

Damon G. Taylor is an emerging artist and printmaker. Originally from Fairview, Illinois, Damon received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Damon currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona where he works as the Program Coordinator for the Flagstaff Cultural Partners. Damon has plans to enter Graduate school in the Fall of 2014.
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