Why Artists Need to be Part of an Art Community – EPISODE 121



Q: In this mini-episode, artist Steve Prince answers the question of why artists need to be part of an art community. If you want to listen to the full podcast episode, listen to episode number 006 of the Art Next Level podcast.

A: Steve Prince: I mean, one of the first things that I’ve learned when I got there in the art world, was how important it was having an art community and not thinking that you’re going to do this all in your own and connecting with people. That’s one thing that was passed on to me by one of my professors and mentors named John Scott. One of his favorite sayings was, “Pass it on.”

I really took that credo to heart and I have tried my best to do that. I mentor a lot of students and I also connect with a lot of different artists across the country. Of course, now it’s starting to get more global, I should say around the world. Community is very, very key. In a community, connection is not about just saying, “Oh, I want your art. I’ll try to use you to get X, Y, Z.” The community I’m speaking about is a genuine one, it’s about sharing, it’s about caring for one another and wanted to see each other prosper.

It’s not based on the competition like I’m trying to get the bigger project than you and I’m trying to get more money. No, it’s not about that. It’s about truly wanting and desiring to do the work as an artist. When I became an artist, I didn’t do it because I wanted to have fame and fortune. I did it because I believe that I was called to do this work as an artist. If I say it and the sound is cliché, if I could give away all my artwork I would. I also know that I have to maintain a family and I have to maintain a livelihood, but I do not live extra family.

I live for a modest life and I’m very happy because I have a family, I have a wife, I have children. I’m trying my best to nurture them and be the best father I could be for them. One is key is about having community.


Steve A. Prince | Artist & Professor

Artist Steve A. Prince is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and he currently resides in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Prince received his BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana and his MFA in Printmaking and Sculpture from Michigan State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Allegheny College.  He is represented by Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and owner of One Fish Studio, LLC.  Prince has taught with the Art League since 1995 with such classes as; Drawing, Bronze Casting, Screen Printing, Printmaking, the SOHO Program, and the Art Camp.  Prince has created several public works and has received several honors for his art and scholarship including the 2010 Teacher of the year for the City of Hampton, Virginia.  Prince has shown his art in various solo, group, and juried exhibitions and he has lectured in both secular and sacred settings internationally.




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