Mason Gross School of the Arts

"A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back."--Author Neil Gaiman’s 2012 keynote address at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Read the entire speech and see it on film here.


"The world is very good at distracting us. Much of the ingenuity of our remarkable species goes towards finding new ways to distract ourselves from things that really matter."—David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks. Read more here.


"An apple on a table is an apple on a @#$%^*& table. That’s its reality. I know that’s not very fashionable philosophically to have the reading of something be the something that it is. And it is the something that it is—but it’s very much more as well."—Painter Catherine Murphy, Tepper Family Endowed Chair here at Rutgers. Murphy is set to give a FREE talk 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at Mason Gross Galleries, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J.


"People think of me as a cellist because they can see my performances and take my measure as a musician. I think of my life as a musician as only the tip of an iceberg. That is only the audible part of my existence. Underneath the water is the life I’m leading, the thoughts I’m thinking and the emotions that well up in me."—Yo-Yo Ma


“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one”―Stella Adler


Being creative means being vulnerable.

“My plea here is for people to give the needed space to artists and performers to fail every now and then, and to understand how exposed someone feels when trying something new. The trolls, the Twitter executioners and the like should save their savagery for those who are famous for being famous.”—Timothy Egan, The New York Times


"Me sitting down for dinner with Ingmar Bergman felt like a house painter sitting down with Picasso."—Woody Allen


"What if the music can make you do things?…The fear, however implausible, that music has mysterious powers—that it can hypnotize or brainwash, making us the playthings of malign manipulators or our own dark instincts—has crept into the public discourse surprisingly often over the past two hundred years."—Dr. James Kennaway, historian of medicine, in The Paris Review


“Our heads are round so thought can change direction”
― Allen Ginsberg


"We who work in the arts are at the risk of being in a popularity contest rather than a profession. If that fact causes you despair, you should probably pick another profession. Your desire to communicate must be bigger than your relationship to these chaotic and unfair realities."—Anna Deavere Smith, "Letters to a Young Artist"


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