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Featured Member: Jason Metcalf

Featured Member: Jason Metcalf

Saunders Moore | ArtBistro

November 01, 2010

Name: Jason Metcalf

On ArtBistro: jasonmetcalf (friend me!)

Location: Provo, UT

What is your art/design profession?

I make art (photos, web-based work, videos, performances, sculptures, drawings), am on the board of a non-profit art center (the Central Utah Art Center), and am a freelance web and graphic designer and photographer.

What was your career path leading up to your current profession/title?

Well, the story of how I’m making art is told a couple questions below. I started doing web and graphic design when learning how to build my own site a few years back. My site is pretty plain now, but at one point I had all sorts of animated gifs and scripts and crazy things on it. It was really a circus. I just kept pushing myself and figuring out how to do other types of things. Since then I’ve had opportunities to manage or build a number of websites, and I’m currently have a handful of clients who I work with.

What do you enjoy most about your profession?

I really enjoy being able to work from home, and on my own time. It’s also nice to write off camera and computer equipment, and it’s great not having a boss! So I can make my art whenever I want, and fit in work in my spare time. The art I make requires this sort of flexibility. There are downsides too, but I’ve really never been happier with my work situation. Freelancing is great, especially if you can establish some long-term clients.

Tell us about “The Moment” when you knew you had to be an artist/designer/your current profession. What was the experience like for you?

Well I’ve always made art, but I’d have to say it was when I was 15, and had just started high school. I had this really great teacher who really believed in me and encouraged me to make work. I was never good at sports or math or science, but really excelled in art. But this teacher instilled a belief in me that I could actually be an artist- could make art for a career, and that it was a practical thing (even though my parents initially may have thought otherwise).

Did you study art/design in school? If so, tell us about your degrees and certifications and what you liked most about school.

I studied at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and am currently finishing my Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in Utah. I’m on the 9 year undergraduate plan (LOL), as I’ve taken a few breaks for personal reasons and for opportunities I couldn’t pass up, like living in NYC for 6 months, and founding a non-profit art center with a group of friends. I’m currently applying to graduate art programs around the world, and if all goes well I’ll be working on my masters degree next fall.

What/who are your artistic inspirations?

Oh man, there are so many. Alexandro Jodorowsky, Rachel Harrisson, Cory Archangel, Kenneth Anger, Umberto Eco, Nicholas Bourriaud. These are the type of artists and thinkers that make me wonder why I even keep making work. They have it all figured out. But ultimately they inspire me to make more things and work harder so I can excel.

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