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Bad economy may help art and design students

on Wednesday,January 21,2009 21:01

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Most people''s budgets are being squeezed these days, but some have found a creative solution to satisfy their undiminished appetite for stylish interiors: they turn to students for help.

Up-and-coming artists, including photography and design students as well as web designers, are in demand in some quarters to work on projects for which they often charge less than half of what established professionals do, according to dean Stan Trecker from the Art Institute of Boston, quoted by the Boston Herald.

Apart from financial considerations, these practices also have a potential to help young artists gain valuable experience and to make a name for themselves.

“You get to pay the artists directly rather than go through the gallery where you’ll pay more. And it’s going to be fractions of what it will cost when they get famous,” Margret Hall, a junior at AIB told the newspaper.

Schools, for their part, try to help their students and alumni by not only exhibiting their work but also by connecting them with prospective clients looking to save on art or home redecoration.
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