SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

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arT in The WorLd of Work A Man of Many Hats Sharon Warwick D ave Herman is an artist and art educator for a nonprofit organization called Preservation LINK, Inc. Dave is easily identified as someone who wears many hats, but most of the time he is a fundraiser and partnership creator. At all times he is an artist, no matter what hat he may be wearing. SchoolArts contributor Sharon Warwick recently interviewed him about his art career. Sharon Warwick: How would you describe your responsibilities, your working day, and your work environment? Dave Herman: My typical workday involves being an administrator, teacher, mentor, and a creative director, but being an artist keeps me optimistically aligned with all that I have to do. I have studios in Dallas, Texas, and Georgetown, South Carolina, where I often conceptualize my work. Sometimes that means simply relaxing in the comfort of the studio space and connecting with its peaceful energy. As an art educator, most of my work is in the community, including public schools, universities, and community centers. SW: How did you prepare yourself for this position educationally? 12 November 2012 SchoolArts DH: I've had a camera in my hands since I was seven years old. As a child, I used the camera to make sense of the world around me. I believe that is one of the catalysts for the work I do now as an art educator; I teach young people how to better understand themselves and their environment through visual literacy. All through high school, I worked with the Georgetown High School newspaper and attended the Georgetown High Career Communication Arts magnet program during my eleventh- and twelfth-grade years. After high school, I attended Florida A&M University where I obtained a bachelor of science degree in printing management. Here I gained a lot of insight on looking at the "big picture" of the printing and art communication business. After graduation, I worked in the corporate environment at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. Recently, I went back to school to get a master of arts degree with a focus in visual sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas. This degree has allowed me to work more intensively as both an artist and an educator. affects my work the most in fundraising. However, Preservation LINK has always been an organization that has promoted and worked towards building smart, meaningful partnerships. I have been fortunate in my career to be able to maintain a home and studio while building promising work relationships and "eating good" through it all. SW: How does the economy affect your work? DH: As the creative director of a nonprofit organization, the economy Sharon Warwick is an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas. SW: Who are your influences in the art world? DH: I am most influenced by artists who have come to a certain understanding of their passions, purposes, and responsibilities, such as author Toni Morrison, film producer William Packer, photographer Earlie Hudnall, Jr., and visual artist Otto Neals. These artists are exceptionally honest in their work. SW: What advice would you like to pass on to young people who are interested in pursuing a career in some aspect of the visual arts? DH: Be honest about life and always use that honesty and integrity as a compass for whatever you choose to do in the world.

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