I entered a "freestanding art" piece in the UCSD grad student art show. There's no picture here, because there's no need. It was just one of those old plastic boxes used for holding cassettes, with 15 cassettes in it - Megadeth, Skid Row, etc. - and if you're under about 30 and you don't know what I'm talking about, my trying to explain it further won't help. I was about to give or throw it away anyway, and for grins I thought I would tug on some nostalgia strings by setting it out unaltered and titling it "Still Can't Go Back".
It won third place.
Not only is this an insult to the amazing talent obviously required for my spraypaint-on-canvas piece Black's Beach (which I also entered but which garnered little attention), it in general is a high indictment of the UCSD community's taste in art! (Sniff.) Mostly I'm mad because 3rd place has no prize money or certificates. Do you think Dali had to deal with this kind of thing? Did Velasquez give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?