Graduate school is a unique experience for everyone. Individual reason for seeking this higher education create an individual experience. I have no doubt that I am a better artist now, however, I would be hesitant to suggest anyone move on to an M.F.A. directly out of undergraduate school.
I remember my undergrad professors, Don Anderson and Suzanne Mitchell, telling me that exact same thing. But they felt I was ready, and there were so many reasons why I wanted to move forward with my education.
I can't say that I enjoyed graduate school. I found most of my professors pretentious and dull. I still did learn quite a bit and created stronger, more focused work throughout.
One of the things that I really liked about U.I.C. was that all graduates were required to write a thesis. Something not found in most M.F.A. programs. I could have written a bunch of bullshit, but it would have gone against everything my artwork and I represented. I just had to be honest and tell my story. Besides, I knew they wouldn't want me around another year anyway.
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