Choosing a commitment to the arts as a career is not easy, but you can either dive in at a 4-year focused art curriculum or walk in slowly at a liberal arts college with the variety of options that are available.
My desire has not been to scare away the hard working young art talent out there, nor to overly encourage the gifted young artist who may be unfocused or lazy. All will find their place in due time at the level that is right for them. My desire rather, has been to encourage vision, big thinking, the long perspective, and a zeal for understanding the multiplicity of roles for the artist in a world that is full of artistic images, artistically influenced products, and respect for quality artwork.
I encourage those with ability to eliminate distractions and apply themselves to their craft when they are young and to take their art as far as it can go. It has been my experience to see students at many levels realize that their work effort can improve when called upon, encouraged, and challenged by college and university art faculty. This energy proves to be ultimately rewarding for the art student, and they can run for years on this fuel, with only a lack of imagination holding them down.
Frederick H. Carlson is one of the most well-known artist/illustrators in the mid-Atlantic region. No venue is too large or too small for his incisively drawn and lucidly painted pieces. He has executed everything from room-sized murals to LP covers. He drew over 150 portraits for National Review between 1990-1999.
Carlson is a 1977 Carnegie-Mellon University alumnus, and has been a freelancer for over 30 years. He has exhibited his art at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the New York Society of Illustrators Cegep-St. Foy (Quebec), Dubendorf (Switzerland), the Manchester Craftsmens Guild, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and at Daystar/One World Gallery.
Fred was the National President of the Graphic Artists Guild from 1991-1993, the first non-NYC based artist to be so elected. He served on the Guild's Executive Committee for 8 years. He has written extensively and has been published in national publications such as The Artist's Magazine, Communication Arts, GAG News, Artists Market, and his work was featured in ART DIRECTION. He was one of the speakers addressing the Illustration Conference (ICON3) in Philadelphia in June 2003, and he served as a juror the same month at the 44th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.