Several years later I ran into one of my professors from the first
school and he was VERY surprised that I was making a living off the
sale of my work. I guess he was not used to seeing that happen.
In 1978 I studied sculpture for 2 semesters with Michael Lantz. We
kind of developed friendly relationship. Most of the students in the
class were simply looking for the way to spend their inheritance. I
had background in sculpture, so he took a notice. He strongly advised
me to look for something different than sculpture in order to make a
living. He would always used himself as an example of how financially
unrewarding the profession of sculptor is.
He was in his seventies, and he thought that he could not afford to
retire. At a time, he was teaching in National Academy of Arts; he
had another job in Philadelphia Mint; he was consulting on sale of
Henry Moore collection; and a few other projects. An interesting note
is that he was driving a Silver Shadow and he had a house in Old
Saybrook, Connecticut. Hardly a humble existence.
Michael Lantz was truly remarkable artist and he did not have a
single business bone in this body, and he did quite alright just been
What is the moral of this story? If someone offers you an art
program with business courses, do not walk away from this offer, but
run and never look back !