Not knowing where I would be headed after completing the late career MFA had me think how Paint This Desert would change, or even end. After talking about this with a few close friends, they encouraged me to keep the site active if possible. As it happens I secured two adjunct teaching appointments will have me stay in town for now.
There was something else to consider. It was back in September of 2013 when I got the call from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program informing me I was an awardee. The announcement was made public in December 2013, and March 2014 was the expected start-up date. September was the month Paint This Desert became real. That may be a good enough reason to keep writing here for at least another year.
Since I am adjusting to the maze of teaching and all the paperwork that goes with it, there won’t be a big burst of stories as I much as would hope. Still, it is always good to have backup. For their contributions over the years, and fellowship in writing about art with the specialized focus the blog has, I invited James Daichendt and Andrea Lepage to be on Paint This Desert’s first masthead. They accepted.
Welcome to the 5th year of Paint This Desert.
ABOVE: Luis Varela Rico