Frank Robinson on Art

Frank Robinson is the director of the Johnson Museum of art at Cornell University, and recently when asked by Beth Saulnier “What is art?” he replied

…Art is about everything – love, hatred, sex, envy , generosity. It’s about God, about the lack of God. As you live, things just flow by; at the end of the day you’ve had 1000 experiences and not really appreciated any one of them. An artist stops and makes you appreciate life disappearing.

This was excerpted from the May / June issue of Cornell University Alumni Magazine.

Published by Pete Ippel

Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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