art - words - The Art of Rejection
At the age of 18, Greg was rejected from every college he hoped to attend. At his Grandma's urging, he framed some of the rejection letters. She said such failures should be treasured. She said these moments are very valuable. They help us stay humble & grounded & driven. So, over the years, he framed other rejection letters as well. Eventually, he was rejected from & failed at so many things that it was no longer feasible to frame every letter. Instead, he began collecting his favorite excerpts from rejection letters (& from other less formal notes or conversations about setbacks & failure). Before long, he turned what he had into art – a collage of words, phrases & sentences in different colors, sizes & fonts. The collage hopefully underscores the message that rejection & setbacks & failure are okay, something to treasure & enjoy instead of be ashamed of. (And Note to Kids: He did not give up on his college dreams. He kept at it until he found a school that would give him a chance. He went on to graduate with Highest Distinction.) Click here to read a nice article The Washington Post wrote about Greg & Steven Spielberg and how they handled failure at a young age. To see photos from art-related events, click here. For more on Greg's art using objects, click here. For more on his art using images, click here To read art-related feedback, click here.