Leigh Mauze Armstrong*
Lauren Jay Wondra Smyth**
These five amazingly-talented artists were picked from a record number of applicants from around the globe. First, they were required to submit a written application with art images and essays. As a Finalist, they presented themselves for an interview via Skype. The panelists for scoring the written and interview portions of the process were comprised of top Palmer collectors and former Escapist Artists. You can read all about this empowering program by visiting EscapistProgram.com.
Palmer is thrilled with this year's new crop of Escapist Artists. "Our first group meeting, held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, was amazingly inspiring. Each artist created a sculpture that symbolized their goals for this year and then described their piece to the others. I was impressed beyond belief!" John Ross Palmer's Art Movement of Escapism is aimed at forever destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist. His mentorship program, created in 2009, aims to teach artists how to sell on their own, self-promote and not be tied to the traditional art gallery system. Palmer does this as a means of giving back to the art world--it is entirely free. Unlike many other artists that are concerned with the competition, John Ross Palmer sees the inherent benefit of elevating all artists to add power to the profession.
If you have questions about Artist John Ross Palmer or his Escapist Mentorship Program, please contact gallery co-owner Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or Ryan@JohnPalmerArt.com. You can learn all about Artist John Ross Palmer by visiting http://www.JohnPalmerArt.com.
*Leigh Mauze Armstrong is the youngest Escapist Artist in the history of the program at age 18. She is a senior in high school and has won a full merit scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Chicago.
**Lauren Jay Wondra Smyth is the first ever "international"
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Artist John Ross Palmer is the Founder of the Art Movement of Escapism which is aimed at forever destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist. His entirely free mentorship program teaches artists how to self-promote, sell on their own and not be tied to the traditional art gallery system. He is based in Houston, Texas but regularly shows his pieces under his own gallery at international art fairs.