How the Big Ten inspires works of art: BTN LiveBIG
Artists use a variety of mediums to express themselves. Some paint, some draw, some use photography, others use literature. But what makes them unique?
In the Big Ten, there are a myriad of artists inspiring people and students with their work. As artists, they tell stories they hope will inspire and change the world around them.
Here are some of our favorite stories of artists with a Big Ten connection.
“I think there is a way of telling stories that doesn’t involve putting them in a book,” said Westerman, an artist who works with visual mediums like fiber and textiles. “This is a different format to share culture, history and tradition.”
“If we give [these posters] to kids and get this thing into schools, it will show them that there’s more to these animals than Bluegills and game fish.”
To fully grasp the “Dybek method,” as The New York Times called it, you kind of have to believe in magic … or at the very least, in the power of dreams. And that informs the approach he takes to teaching students at Northwestern.
“Shakespeare gives you the opportunity to wake up to your own life,” Hunter explained. “It’s not just about watching Shakespeare’s plays, it’s about thinking about yourself as you’re watching them and taking that one step further. [It gives] the children the opportunity to explore what it feels like to be themselves, which often in their locked-away world of autism, they don’t get the opportunity to do.”
“There’s something about jazz that could provide an interesting novel model for communications,” Grosser explained. “You’re improvising a lot with jazz. You’re thinking the music when you feel it. You’re really interpreting it through that musical space.”
By Gianna Marshall