MAGGIE NYLANDER, Liberty
I have been passionate about art for as long as I can remember. My father is an artist, and when I was a little girl, he would sit me down with a paintbrush and encourage me to create. He taught me to slow down and see the beauty in everyday moments. I have been an art educator for all of my adult life, and it is my goal to instill this way of thinking and seeing in my students.
When I started working towards my bachelor’s degree, I was a geography major with a focus in environmental studies. I ended up taking a ceramics class for fun, and that was it. I was hooked! I think I took every ceramics class they offered 2 or 3 times. I ended up graduating from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Teaching degree and a minor in Geography. I am currently working towards a Master’s of Education degree with a focus in Educational Leadership at Weber State University.
I enjoy an array of media, but ceramics and 3D work will always have my heart. I tend to find inspiration through the investigation of passing time. I find it powerful that a simple image can so sharply transport us back to a time and place with feelings of nostalgia. I also feel that art can be a voice for change through artistic activism. I enjoy creating lessons for my students that teach them to use art as activism in areas they are passionate about, such as climate change, social justice, etc.
Through my education, I have learned that art is a powerful tool for health and well-being, and I want to share this with others. Creativity is good for everyone, regardless of skill level. Art relieves stress and helps us to better focus in all areas of life. Research has shown that sitting down and being creative provides the same positive health benefits as practicing daily meditation, but with a fun and engaging mode of transportation! Art is a powerful dose of happiness, considering the usual busyness of modern life we all experience from time to time. I love that I have the opportunity to introduce others to the power of art while I continue to grow as an artist myself. CONTACT me by email. firstname.lastname@example.org.