Something Old Sunday #11 (Museum of Bad Art)…

In 1998 I discovered this crazy little museum in Massachusetts called the Museum of Bad Art. They were looking for submissions as long as the art truly sucked on it’s own merits. I decided to send two terrible paintings I did when I was at the Art Institute. Both were rejected for being too good. Essentially they could tell what I sent were art school exercises gone wrong. A few months later I was trying and failing miserable at drawing portraits of famous people. One of them was a cross between a Frog, Frankenstein’s Monster & Paul Stanley from Kiss, this was a legitimately bad attempt at drawing Joan Crawford. I decided to send them that. They liked the drawing so much they asked if they could add it to their 2000 wall calendar. It was a blessing and a curse I guess. I landed my first solo show in December of 1999 at Borders Books Cafe in Whitehall, Pa with a display of the calendar near my exhibit. I did sell both the calendar (and made no profit) and some original artwork and made some profit (definitely not a significant amount). As a struggling artist doing his best to not suck kind of hard to live that claim to fame down LOL. I made December & The Cover of the Calendar. Hangs on my dining room wall to this day.


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Matt Snyder has been making a dent in the creative community in North Eastern Pennsylvania since 1988. He’s been involved in showcasing his art in Exhibits in area Galleries & Spaces as well as online. Mr. Snyder is a real renaissance man. He doesn’t just dabble in the fine arts but has been known to grace the following kinds of things with his presence: Live Sound Mixing, Radio Production, Television Production, Short Films(Acting/Editing/Writing/Directing), Animations, Costume Character Performance, Dance, Music, Djembe Drumming, Theater (Writing/Acting/Directing/Props Management/Stage Management), Self Published Comics & Zines, Written & Slammed Performance Poetry, Sculpting Animal Figurines, Designing Tee Shirts, Photography Film & Digital, Painting (Acrylics), Drawing (Pen & Ink, Pastel, Colored Pencil, Sharpies, Crayons), Mixed Media, Collage, Paper Art, The Brooklyn Art Library & The Sketchbook Project, Blue Turtle ComiX, Just an Average Day Comic, Toxic Shock & Other Abnormalities of the Inner Being Zine as well as the culinary arts. His passion is the arts, his life is as a married humanitarian bisexual politically unaffiliated pacifist working as a Digital Preservation Archivist since 1999. Matt currently resides in an apartment with his equally creative wife of 7 years ,Jess and their cat Nigel.

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