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Creating art rarely is easy. So the last thing that artists need are health and safety hazards to make it even tougher. Now, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago is doing something to make art safer for both the professional and the hobbiest.
During the past few months, the school, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Life Foundation, New York City, launched a nationwide campaign to educate artists and craftsmen about safe work practices in the classroom and in the studio.
As part of the school's "Hazards in the Arts" program, a series of booklets entitled Alternatives for the Artist (School of the Art Institute, Chicago, 1981) has been written by Nancy Seeger, MFA, a research consultant for the Art Institute. These guides provide information about hazards related to materials used and about precautions to take when using them. Four major disciplines are addressed: ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking.
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