Jonathan L. Clark is a multi-faceted artist whose work encompasses photography and the creation of books using letterpress, gravure, and digital printing. Clark is the 2012 recipient of the Oscar Lewis Award for outstanding contributions to the Book Arts from the Book Club of California. He has received two USIA travel grants to Poland and Spain; a fellowship from the Arts Council Silicon Valley; the JGS Foundation Book Award; the Western Books Award of Merit; and Photo-eye’s Best Photography
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was an encouraging confirmation that my work had connected with some visually-aware people!
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I do basically the same thing, but my perceptions and ideas are always changing. Art has been my lifetime occupation and I hope it continues to evolve as long as I'm alive.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Look around you and really try to see the world as if for the first time. Be self-critical, but never stop working!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
I think it's the state of your own mind that's important, the rest is beyond your control. Don't become distracted by what others are doing or saying--keep your focus!
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