I recently transferred from a liberal arts school to a visual-intensive arts institute and I quickly noticed that the academic pomp and circumstance was all but gone.
I keep hearing that art college, (the one in my community--Baltimore--gets flack from other colleges like Johns Hopkins, Towson, and Goucher), and art as a profession in general, is viewed as a joke. As if to prove those derisive comments, my campus is filled with people and systems that bespeak an uncomfortable nonchalance. Ever since I got here, I've been having a hard time taking myself and my experience seriously.
Has anybody else struggled with something like this? Do you ever feel like the pursuit of art as a career (or a paying hobby or anything else really) is farcical?