I was just thinking about what would happen if an illustrator (either with an illustrator career or a BFA majoring in illustration) decided to do gallery work, like original paintings, or prints, etc. I remember that during my last year in fine arts school I heard from a lot of classmates and teachers that illustrators were very despised by fine artists (maybe it was just my school) and but some friends of mine that were studying in fine arts in other schools recieved bad marks and were even "scolded" them for doing "illustrative" work because it was not "art". So, the question is, are illustrators really "allowed" to do gallery work or not? I know I might sound stupid and I wan't to make clear that I personally think THEY DO , but there are SO MUCH snob people (I'm not saying everybody) in charge of this "world" (critics, art journalists, gallery owners, ec.) at least where I live that think that illustration is like a lower-level kind of art, if it can be even called so... this is not going to prevent me from trying in the future, but I just want to talk a bit about it..
So, what do you think? had any experiences related to this?
PS: I'm now thinking that this thread would be better in another sub-forum, but I'm not enterely sure... any suggestion?