while i felt censored at scad and saw censorship at scad the only censorship true censorship i experienced there was self censorship.
i think the promotion of self censorship by some members of the staff is worse than traditional censorship that is usually cited.
the traditional censorship is fairly ridiculous. things like limitations on nude drawings and paintings on display in the hallways. part of the justification is that high school kids will visit durring the tours of the building. i cant think of any museum so puritanical that they would not have nude portraiture on display and feel the need to hide it away like it is something shameful.
the self censorship bothers me more for two reasons. the most important being because if its learned and picked up by the student it can linger long after your stay at scad if the student does not adress it. the second reason is that art school is suppost to be a place where you find your voice, where you have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them in a non commercial nurturing environment. while i learned everything about materials and techniques i could ever want i feel like i was never able to really explore my voice out of fear that i would say something i shouldn't.
sometimes i think true artists thrive in oppressive regimes, it gives them something of substance to talk about. look at the art that came out of the Reagan years, or whats coming out of china an Iran these days. so maybe the oppressive tones that tarnish scads otherwise impressive credentials are a good thing. but then again i only saw one person making any artwork addressing these issues.
i have no regrets of going to scad, only hopes that it can grow from the critiques that so many have raised.
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