Let me introduce myself. My name is Robyn Jamison and I’m an artist on a mission. This mission has been the central focus of my life for the past five years and, truth be told, my dream for all of my adult life.
As I reflect on this mission, I find myself wanting to share its unfolding with you.
My mission? A world where everyone everywhere experiences the magic and wonder of modern and contemporary art.
Imagine with me what the world would be like if everyone appreciated the art of our time so profoundly that museums and galleries were overflowing, starving artists were a thing of the past, and everyone collected art they loved. Given art’s power to enrich our lives and touch the highest part of our humanity, it would be a different world – a world where people were more peaceful, loving, intelligent and fulfilled.
We don’t live in that world…yet. Although there are many who share my love of modern and contemporary art, I’m all too aware that there are also those who feel cynical about the value and even the validity of it. They say things like, ”I just don’t like modern art,” “My five-year-old could do that,” or “That’s not art!”
Looking back to when I was in my 20s and first became inspired to take on my mission, I designed a new kind of art tour based on observation and reflection (as distinct from traditional, information-based tours).
I field-tested this new tour by inviting groups of friends to contemporary art exhibits and guiding them through the process. I discovered that the tours became much more effective once I began identifying and dispelling negative preconceived notions about modern and contemporary art.
When I was satisfied that my methods were consistently producing breakthroughs, I decided to write the book!
Fast forward. In April 2022, my book, The Magic of Modern Art—How to Love Modern & Contemporary Art, was published. It’s currently in the hands of about 400 people and I’m delighted to tell you that they are now seeing art through new eyes.
In the spring of 2023, I delivered the first Magic of Modern Art Luminary Training to a group of docents in Scottsdale, Arizona. What better way to forward this mission than to train museum docents to provide innovative, experience-based tours for their museum visitors? Because these tour guides light the way for museum guests to be touched, moved and inspired by the art, I determined “Art Luminaries” to be a much more fitting title.
As my mission continues to unfold, I will keep you posted. I invite you to join me on this journey.
Although this newsletter was written in the first person, the truth is that it takes a village to fulfill this mission. Thank you!
Robyn Jamison, MFA
Check us out!