Art education is valuable to not only master your own skills and hone your vision in a community environment but to polish the intellectual and personal attributes relating to a future in the visual arts.
Very few artists have gone straight from high school into art careers. Those that did in the past often did so due to restrictive or ordinary curriculums that chafed at their own enthusiasms, but nowadays there are programs tailored to meet the needs of almost everyone.
Formal educational institutions of all types provide environments and structure where young talent can be educated and encouraged. Typical degrees offered from colleges and universities are the Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Master in Fine Arts (MFA) and the Master of Arts (MA) degrees. Junior and community colleges may offer an Associate of Arts (AA) degree; while independent art schools and academies may offer any of the above.
Currently, trends emphasizing course work in history, art history and the humanities has once again become valued in the art education of either the specifically trained or generally educated young artist.
Frederick H. Carlson is one of the most well-known artist/illustrators in the mid-Atlantic region. No venue is too large or too small for his incisively drawn and lucidly painted pieces. He has executed everything from room-sized murals to LP covers. He drew over 150 portraits for National Review between 1990-1999.
Carlson is a 1977 Carnegie-Mellon University alumnus, and has been a freelancer for over 30 years. He has exhibited his art at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the New York Society of Illustrators Cegep-St. Foy (Quebec), Dubendorf (Switzerland), the Manchester Craftsmens Guild, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and at Daystar/One World Gallery.
Fred was the National President of the Graphic Artists Guild from 1991-1993, the first non-NYC based artist to be so elected. He served on the Guild's Executive Committee for 8 years. He has written extensively and has been published in national publications such as The Artist's Magazine, Communication Arts, GAG News, Artists Market, and his work was featured in ART DIRECTION. He was one of the speakers addressing the Illustration Conference (ICON3) in Philadelphia in June 2003, and he served as a juror the same month at the 44th annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.