Ode Icon Project Application



Student Recommendation and Application  –  Ode To Gluten Project

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Barbara Bridges

2323 Monroe St. NE
Mpls, MN 55418


Create a New Icon April 5, 2014  9:00-3:00 p.m.

Mill City Museum (Minneapolis Historical Society)

The Twin Cities has a rich, collective history as the source of wheat for our nation – and beyond. But, the golden grain is fast becoming a pariah of the four basic food groups.


Artist, Barbara Bridges’ Ode to Gluten is a large sculptural work created to celebrate wheat’s history here and to engage viewers in a dialogue about wheat: about its past, present and future role in the American diet, as well as in shaping the political, economic and social development of our city, state and country. Consider where support for the arts in the Twin Cities would be without the legacy and philanthropy of wheat?  We will be working with local art teachers for recommendations for art star applicants.  I will hold a day long workshop where students will develop a new General Mills new millennium product icon inspired by Tony The Tiger and Pillsbury Dough Boy legacy.  I am in discussions with General Mills with the intention of having them recognize the winning design.  Contact Barbara Rogers Bridges drb@bridgescreate.com for more details.  See reverse for Dr. Bridges’ biography  and http://bridgescreate.com for more details on the Ode to Gluten project and to see the results of the Ode study completed by Dr. Bridges. Transportation is the responsibility of the student.


Name of recommending teacher__________________________________email______________________________________

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Student Essay.  Why do you think you might do a creative job designing an icon like Tony The Tiger for a new General Mills product?  Google “General Mills new products” and choose one, print it out, glue it here and then give me your ideas.  You can add another sheet of paper if you need it.
















Who is Barbara Bridges?  Why would a student want to work with her on this project?

The Art Teacher
Barbara’s teaching career began in Maine in 1976 where she was an art teacher.  Since then she has expanded her sphere of influence to Mexico, the Caribbean and Minnesota.  Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota

institutions such as the Minneapolis school district, the Minnesota online high school,  Perpich Center, the Walker Art Center, the Mpls. Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art.  The online discussion group ArtsNet Minnesota came out of those collaborations ArtsNet Minnesota currently boasts a membership of over 600 as well as a site that contains over 8,000 pages of material. http://www.artsconnected.org/artsnetmn/

Barbara has a passion for giving the gift of creativity back to her students. She believes, if motivated and informed, everyone can  be creative.

General Mills is expecting a spectacular product and we are going to give it to them!

Among her proudest achievements were two Educator of the Year awards in 2008,  from the Art Educators of Minnesota and the National Art Educators Association. Barbara also earned the Minnesota Higher Art Educator of the Year and The Minnesota Art Educator of the Year. She has also been named the Art Educator of Minnesota in 1998

The Artist
Barbara Bridges makes art from artist fabricated components in a variety of media and found power objects.  She organizes the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics including sustainability (Ode to Gluten), living a considered life (Talking Chairs and Academia Nuts) and recovery (Reflection Pool).

She is a sculptor whose work is based in a variety of influences that are rooted in modern society, personal history and symbolic representation. “Onion/AKA Academia Nuts” was commissioned and lived at the MnSCU system offices for over a decade and focuses on communications and technology. Her next large public work, “Ode to Gluten”, will be unveiled at the Annual Art-A-Whirl Event in the NE Arts District of Minneapolis in the last weekend in May 2013.  See http://bridgescreate.com  to view described artworks.

The Professor
Barbara has been a professor for fifteen years at Bemidji State University and has contributed in a variety of ways.
Her appointment includes teaching Foundations of Education, Human Relations and Critical and Creative Thinking,
as well as serving as the architect of the unique DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education)
– a hybrid online K-8 teacher licensure partnership program http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics//dlite
and the FasTrack secondary initiative designed for previously degreed candidates who wish to teach high school. http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics//dlite The combined programs serve 250 teacher licensure students average age 35, working, and place bound with children.

Although Barbara serves Bemidji as a general education specialist, she has been a powerful force in art education for many years.  Barbara led a National Art Educators Fellows Institute at her home in Maine which included the President of the National and International Art Educators. http://www.bridgescreate.com/fellowsb/