Arts in Context

6 Austin artists divulge the worst advice they have ever received

6 Austin artists divulge the worst advice they have ever received

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at

Unsolicited advice, rude comments, and suggestions designed to stifle creativity are just a few of the things creatives deal with on a regular basis. But just what is the worst piece of advice Austin artists have received?

From being told to "shut up and look pretty" to suggestions on how to improve their painting, local artists including filmmaker B.B. Araya, photographer Moyo Oyelola, TaSzlin Muerte and Jonathan Horstmann of BLXPLTN, artist Roshi K, and Siobhan Alexis of Tapestry Dance share why listening to bad advice is just, well, bad.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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This Austin muralist shares the worst advice someone has given in regards to her art. Photo courtesy of KLRU Arts in Context