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RE: More Comments from John Biggers

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Fields, Linda (
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 15:51:46 -0500

Very interesting post, Nancy-thanks. You and others might be interested
in murals done by North Carolina students from 16 schools after an
exhibit/study of Biggers' Upper Room. You can find it on the NC Museum
of Art Page. When you get to the page, click on Student Projects. The
one from Eastern Guilford High School is mine. The address is
He is a wonderful man and North Carolina is proud to claim him
as our native son! Linda
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> From: Nancy Walkup[SMTP:walkup]
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 1998 7:52 AM
> To:
> Subject: More Comments from John Biggers
> Dear ArtsEdNetters:
> Ollie Theisen, one of the contributors to The Web of Life: The
> Art of John Biggers went to visit him last week and asked him
> some of the questions posed in conversation on ArtsEdNet. We
> thought you might be interested in the following:
> Question: How important is it to you that the viewers understand the
> meanings of your symbols?
> Response: It's important to me that they find meaning in the
> symbols. It does not matter if they do not see the symbol as I
> do. Every word that we speak probably has a different meaning
> for each of us. It's be the same with the symbols.
> Question: How do you think students or other artists can develop
> their own symbol systems?
> Response: Through their love for nature, including vegetable,
> mineral, human, animal. It has to do with one's love for the
> environment and that marvelous, individual seeking in that
> environment. That which only you can find, that which defines
> your individuality, that's what it is.
> Question: Now that you have completed "Salt Marsh" (his new
> mural in Houston), what is your next project?
> Response: Well, I have a superstition. It would be wrong to
> discuss the next project; it's dealing again with aspects of
> African American life that we don't know much about.
> And finally, a message to Juliet:
> Did you and your students go to the dedication of "Salt
> Marsh"? Please share with us your experience!
> Nancy
> Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
> North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
> PO Box 305100, University of North Texas
> Denton, TX 76203
> walkup
> 940/565-3986 FAX 940/565-4867