Last April, I was accepted to present my academic paper on Imagination and Creativity–A Cognizant Balance?–at The Representational Art Conference (TRAC). This conference is sponsored by California Lutheran University and held in Ventura, California. It features academic papers from artists, art enthusiasts, and people who I regard as art scholars.
When I first submitted my paper, I didn’t expect it to be accepted because I don’t have a college degree in art or art history. This is, after all, truly an academic conference. You can imagine my surprise when the acceptance notice arrived!
I spoke with the organizers shortly after being accepted and was told that the abstract of the paper I wrote was so well written that the board couldn’t turn it down. Of course, my smile and excitement grew after hearing that!
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I didn’t have the money to go to college, but that didn’t mean I didn’t continue to learn throughout my career at Procter & Gamble, studying art with my mentors and on my own, and with my writing. There are times I wonder what it would be like if I had attended USC back in the ’80s to be a scriptwriter. I guess we’ll never know.
In any case, enjoy my talk and feel free to leave a comment if you like. The paper was written to start a conversion about intention, imagination, and the creative process.
My thanks to artists Carolyn Anderson, Scott Burdick, and Christopher McCall for allowing me the privilege to show their artwork in my presentation.
Have a creative day!