This year's NBH's was the 27th birthday for the exhibition of small-size self-portraits that arrive from around the country. Student Union Gallery Manager Tess Forstner told a crowd gathered to hear Brooklyn-based juror David Jon Kassan speak Oct. 22 that this year's competition had 159 entries. In an interview in The Northern Light, she mentioned that more entries came from out-of-state than ever before. Even some middle-schoolers submitted.
Kassan's Oct. 22 public lecture traced his fast-moving career and included samples from different chapters in his creative history, some that he even called "cringe-worthy." Listen to a podcast of it here. His last slide included these nine points as ways that he approaches the world, and recommends to others:
Do more than what you are told to do.
Try new things.
Teach others about what you know.
Take a lot of breaks.
Make work in to play and play in to work.
Work when others are resting.
Always be creating.
Make your own inspiration.
Love what you do or just don't do it.
Best in Show
photography, original print
Self Portrait #2, Joyce
oil on canvas board
This Emptiness Has Weight
gesso, burlap, hair, stones, thread
Subway Starving Artist Award
oil on board
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