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Re: The Web of Life: The Art of John Biggers

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Nancy Walkup (walkup)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 08:42:42 CST6CDT

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One of my major concerns about "The Web of Life" was that teachers have
access to the major images used on the site. Look under "Resources" to find
sources - "Starry Crown" is available as a print from the Dallas Museum of
Art, "The Upper Room" is available from Crystal Productions
(1-800-255-8629) as one of the five images in the African American Art MAPS
set, and other Biggers' prints are available from "Artcetera." All of
these are included under "Resources."

Thanks for your interest.


> Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:44:38 -0500
> To: "Nancy Walkup" <walkup>
> From: (Mark Alexander) mamjam
> Subject: Re: The Web of Life: The Art of John Biggers

> Nancy,
> I've been enjoying the John Biggers site, and would love to do some
> activities with my students! However, I've been looking for information
> about reproductions of his work and as yet haven't found any. Where can I
> get large color reproductions of Starry Crown and Shotgun?
> Thanks,
> Mark
> At 3:39 AM 11/11/97, Nancy Walkup wrote:
> >ArtsEdNetters:
> >
> >I would like to invite you all to visit ArtsEdNet's newest
> >online exhibition and discussion, "The Web of Life: The Art of
> >John Biggers."
> >
> >This program focuses on the life and work of the African
> >American artist and art educator John Biggers. It contains
> >background materials about the artist, curriculum resources,
> >activities for both elementary and secondary students, a
> >conversation with the artist, galleries of his work, a list of
> >resources, and an opportunity to talk with the artist via
> >e-mail.
> >
> >Dr.. Biggers is widely known for his complex, symbolic murals
> >based on African and African American cultural themes.
> >Throughout his long career, he continued to work as an artist
> >while serving as the founder and head of the art department at
> >Texas Southern University in Houston. Biggers, who studied under
> >famed art educator Viktor Lowenfeld at Pennsylvania State
> >University, recently was honored by major retrospective on
> >his work that traveled to seven art museums around the United
> >States.
> >
> >You might want to start with the artist biography, especially if
> >you are not familiar with the artist and his work. He was born in
> >a shotgun house and grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina. He
> >entered Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) intending to
> >become a plumber. Fortunately for us, a class taught by Viktor
> >Lowenfeld, one of the most important figures in the history of art
> >education, changed his life. A contemporary of artists more
> >associated with the art world in New York (such as Jacob
> >Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett), Biggers chose
> >to stay in the south and pursue images drawn from his own
> >beliefs and life experiences.
> >
> >In Biggers' words,
> >"I'm the guy who didn't go to New York. My only obsession has
> >been and still is to try to portray the meaning of African
> >American life in the South...I'm interested in the spiritual
> >aspiration of Black people; how their spirit soars above the
> >mundane and the materials and all their problems...It's been a
> >study of the meaning of vegetation, the landscape, the weather,
> >the color of the South, the color of the people..the meaning of
> >religion, the whole cultural pattern."
> >
> >The web address for "The Web of Life: The Art of John Biggers"
> >is
> >
> >
> >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
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 305100, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
940/565-3986 FAX 940/565-4867

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