Andy Rutledge

Art Patronage:An Artist’s Commission

July 15, 2013 | By Andy Rutledge

I wish to commision another work of art:

Though I’m an artist, I’m also an occasional and enthusiastic patron of the arts. As a result, my walls are adorned by the privately commissioned works of artists like Kyle Steed, Anton Peck, and Sean McCabe. Those pieces are a daily joy and an inspiration to me and I’m proud to own such talented artists’ one-of-a-kind works.

Today I desire a new piece and want to commission a hand letterer to accomplish it for me. The work in question is “An American Creed,” circa 1950, from Dean Alfange (the creed text is below).

I imagine I’d want something suitable for framing (but perhaps you have something different to suggest?). I don’t have any specific format or style in mind: in my commissions I prefer to let the artist decide and proclaim his or her vision for the work. If the general concept sits well with me and we can agree to financial and temporal terms, I will commit contractually and wait excitedly, but patiently.

Typically I pay 50% at agreement and 50% at delivery and I require a firm schedule and deadline (of the artist’s determination). If you are interested to assume this commission, and let’s discuss our mutual terms and your distinct vision!

No deadline, but I will take up with the first artist with whom I’m able to establish terms. Thanks, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

The Creed text you’ll work with:

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I do not choose to be a common person.

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security.

I do not wish to be a kept citizen,

humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk,

to dream and to build,   

to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;

I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence;

the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of Utopia.

I will not trade my freedom for beneficence

or my dignity for a handout.

I will never cower before any master

or bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud, and unafraid;

to think and act for myself;

to enjoy the benefit of my creations;

and to face the world boldly

and say:

“This, with God’s help, I have done.”


- Dean Alfange

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Background image: Edward Gay, artist at easel