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From: linda eastman (lindacharlie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 30 2002 - 05:31:43 PDT


MAEA sends these notices out to members whose email addresses are on file.
do you guys get this stuff too? if not, i can forward it to the list. don't
want to clutter things up unnecessarily though. yes or no, anyone?
linda in michigan

NAEA CONVENTION UPDATE
NATIONAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Office of the Executive Director
Phone 703-860-8000 Fax 703-860-2960
E-mail: thatfield@naea-reston.org

ERNEST WHITEMAN NAMED SPEAKER FOR
MINNESOTA ARTISTS SERIES

Reston, VA (August 30, 2002)‹Andrew Buck, NAEA Convention Program
Coordinator, announced that Ernest Whiteman has been named as a Minnesota
Artist Series speaker for the NAEA Convention in Minneapolis. He is
scheduled
to speak on Saturday, April 5.

ERNEST WHITEMAN pays homage to an ancient Native American image by placing
it
in a new context. The shape of some of his sculptures is derived from
ancient
Native American petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are flat carvings incised,
scratched, or pounded onto rock formations. Petroglyphs and can be found in
many areas in the United States. They range in date from 2,500 B.C. through
the 19th century. Whiteman believes that petroglyphs are a form of ancient
writing

An important traditional symbol in this artwork is the heart-line,
represented as the central line, which runs from the mouth to the
heart. According to traditional belief, the heart-line provides a sense of
balance and harmony between the environment and human life. Whiteman, an
Arapaho Indian, has re-introduced many traditional images in his art.

Whiteman communicates the continuity of the traditions of his ancestors
through the gestures and stylization of the figure. Arapaho traditions are
based on harmony between man, animal, and nature. One image is made of
steel,
a hard and solid material, but appears to float or fly with the lightness of
a spirit. Several vertical lines hang from the left arm, suggesting water
and
rain. The right hand is cupped as if to scoop up the harvest. The centered
heart-line provides the balance between what is given to us by nature and
what we take from the earth. As Whiteman explained, "Everything is in
balance
with nature."

Whiteman¹s session is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 from 11:00-11:50am.
For
more information about Ernest Whiteman see www.artsnetmn.org

For more information about the NAEA Convention see the convention section at
www.naea-reston.org.

The World's Largest Professional Development Art Education Program.

All NAEA convention sessions, events, and tours are 100% art content
oriented, thus teachers will have ideas and materials for the next
instructional day.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
FRIDAY, APRIL 4 through TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2003
AT THE MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

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