William, thank you for being our 2023 juror. You were wonderful and we were delighted to have you here!
Art is a primary experience.
As an artist, one is fully engaged,
all senses working, in the making,
in the materials and in the process.
If you are a maker, you are immersed
in the primary human experience of art.
As a viewer, the primary experience
is being physically in contact with the art.
Standing in front of it, walking around it
or sitting on top of it, in real time, in real space.
Seeing, feeling, smelling, touching + thinking.
One to one.
As an advocate and member of the community
attending, supporting, promoting,
and celebrating the arts, all arts,
becomes the primary experience.
It takes all these ways of being and interacting
with the arts to preserve our artistic culture
and provide the opportunity for others
to capture the primary experience of art.
I am grateful for the chance to interact with the Carnegie Center for the Arts, the experienced and energized director, and the large regional community of artists. Congratulations to all of the artists included in the exhibition.
William Tourtillotte, Juror