Phil Perry

We each bring art into our lives in different ways. You may be a creator, observer, supporter, or novice - want to be. As I view myself, I find all these traits existing collectively. At different ages, we tend to find ourselves at different periods of our art appreciation. Picasso said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

I enjoy occasionally throwing a pot, painting a picture, making a drawing, or taking a photograph. As I have traveled over the last 20 years, I found photography has provided the best opportunity to creatively express my views. At every opportunity, I am attempting to create.

Art can influence opinion within our society, change or alter values, and help us understand experiences. "Art affects the fundamental sense of self." The arts include painting, sculpture, music, literature, and many other venues we see or use every day.
The process of creating or appreciating art by its nature provides almost a requirement to give back. In my instance, the Sheldon Art Museum provided an opportunity to experience the administration of a major art collect; to meet internationally recognized artists and experience their personalities. The Art Department at the University of Nebraska provided an opportunity to learn the "how-to" components of art and insight into what an artist perceives as potential goals.
How I appreciate art is very personal. As I walked through an art exhibition in NYC with my best friend, he scolded me for not taking enough time to enjoy each piece. He was likely right, but that's not me - my appreciation and enjoyment occur in an instant - for me, there is no need to ponder in front of each and every piece presented.
Growing up exceptionally poor provided me with an understanding of living in poverty and pushed my desire to support those entities that fulfill a link in the community to include the poor and homeless.

Appreciating art takes many forms. Having the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone's life can make a tremendous difference in your own life.