"Thank you for the thoughtful invitation. I wish you all the best and want you to know that the technical ability shown in this work is quite good and appealing. Unfortunately, it’s the subject matter that is troubling. You are the only artist I know of that supports this truly awful president. However, you are entitled to your opinion however ill informed. All the best tomorrow fellow artist."
Bruce Helander is an art critic, arts writer, curator and artist. He has a master’s degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, where he later became the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the college. He is a former White House fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and has won the South Florida Cultural Consortium.
His work has been the subject of 100 reviews and articles in numerous publications, including Art in America, ARTnews, and The Washington Post.
Helander is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist magazine .
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, 1969
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1972
Yale University School of Publishing, 2011
Harvard University, Journalism, 2011
Former White House Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts
Recipient, New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
Fellow, Florida Artists Hall of Fame 2014
Former Editor-in-Chief, The Art Economist magazine