As they were written, the essays now found in The Citizen Artist were mapping a terrain in the art world at the moment that a new horizon was coming into view. Looking back one now can see intersections between works that seemed disparate at the time — art that was spiritually motivated and indebted to ritual, art responding to the degradation of the environment, and art tapping the collective voices of the disenfranchised. Questions the anthology raises about artist and audience, art and placement, meaning and inclusiveness are still fresh and profound.

Frances Phillips, Grantmakers in the Arts, 2000

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