Art Schools Work to Erase Image of Graduates as ‘Starving Artists’

Matt Roth for The Chronicle

Louis Abbene-Meagley, who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art last year, works at a pub. But painting "is my other full-time job," he says, "the one that won't go away until the day I die."
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Not all parents would display the restraint Russell Benamy did when his daughter Erica declared her intention to go to art school. Sure, he was dismayed: "$200,000 to play with crayons?" the management consultant, who was a chemical-engineering...

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