Art Launch & John Ross Palmer Initiate the 2019 Escapist Artists
The Escapist Mentorship Program, founded in 2009, empowers artists to thrive and not just survive. It's had applicants from around the world. The 2019 Escapists will have an intense year of training including solo art shows and a graduation gala.
By: John Palmer Art
These four dedicated artists were initiated into the 2019 Escapist Class at an exclusive and inspiring ceremony at Palmer's Houston Heights Gallery on Sunday, January 27th. The highlight of the Initiation Ceremony was a rousing keynote address by Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia. The Escapist Artists were picked from dozens of applicants from around the world. Courageous artists submit a written application with art images and essays to a jury panel, and then, as a Finalist, they present themselves for a panel interview in Palmer's Heights Gallery. Non-Houston applicants appear via Skype. Scoring well in the Interview Phase was critical to advancing as 7 Finalists were interviewed with only 4 applicants earning the 2019 Escapist Artist honor. Panels for scoring are comprised of top Palmer patrons, including: Mercedes Harris, Kristin Netherland, Shampa Mukerji, Shubhra Endley, Rosa Pollard and Susan Catlett. Read all about the history, mission and goals of this empowering program plus see first-class documentary videos by visiting http://www.johnpalmerart.com/
"I cannot believe this is the 10th Anniversary of the program!" exclaims Palmer. "When I initially wanted to help artists share in success, we met over coffee and took notes in paper journals. I had no idea the idea would blossom into now having a state-of-the-
Palmer's Art Movement of Escapism is aimed to forever destroy the stereotype of the struggling artist. The only kind in the world, his mentorship program aims to teach artists how to sell on their own and not be tied to the traditional art gallery system. Artists are in the program for a year, have their own art studios and work alongside Palmer to learn by example. Palmer does this as a means of giving back to the art world--it is entirely free for the accepted artists and supported by the generous donors to Art Launch. The Escapist Artists will look forward to an out-of-this-
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