Keynote Speaker -Texas Art Education, Bridgette Mongeon


hi my name is Bridgette Mongeon and I’m
honored to be asked to jump down the rabbit hole as the keynote speaker at
the Texas Art Education Conference 2017 in Galveston Texas. Thanks for asking me.
I promise this will be a curious adventure. It seems like through my
career I’m known for different things first I was a sculptor of entertainers
and then because of my posthumous sculpture, I’ve sometimes known as that
woman that developed a relationship with the deceased. Yep, it’s true. At one
point, I was the “cat lady’ known for my Commission’s of the Prairie View Panther and the Grambling Tiger. I guess lately everyone knows me as the sculptor
caught in Wonderland. I’ve been trapped in this rabbit hole for a long time and
I hope to emerge with this monumental completed sculpture of Alice and her
friends at the Mad Hatter Tea Party. You’ll be able to bring your friends and
family to this bronze sculpture and this 10-foot table and have tea it will be
installed in Evelyn’s Park near Houston Texas very soon. In the meantime, I’m making my own creations into learning experiences for others, is something that
I really love. I am as excited about inspiring others as I am in creating my
own work. The other thing I’m known for is my combination of technology and fine
art. We have all heard of the educational initiative STEM that focuses on Science
Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEAM adds art to that component as a way to
create a dialogue, present, explore and encourage critical thinking. This Alice
sculpture has explored an invited STEAM education in spades or should we say
“hearts”. I’ve had so much fun pushing the boundaries of technology and
incorporating it with traditional art in the sculpture titled “Move One Place
On.” Hiding 150 elements of the story in the scene also encourages literacy, which
is dear to my heart. I’ll be sure to share a few of those hidden elements for
attendees. I can’t wait to share with you how we are pushing the technology even
further after the sculpture is installed, and the
curriculum that I hope to create and share with educators. I’ve used different
technology with my fine art practices and then searched the world over for
others who are doing the same. I’ve shared their process in my book titled
“3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting,
and Milling.” I’m delighted that when released on Amazon my book was a number
one new release in sculpting and a best-selling art technique book by
Alibris. Now the book is used in academia and is a part of the library of such
fine art galleries as a Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Albright-Knox
art gallery in Buffalo. All that is happening in my career and life has been
an adventure, but then I have taken on the motto of the white queen and that
“sometimes I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” So I
look forward to seeing you all in Galveston in November talking about
STEAM and Alice and her friends as well as sharing ideas of interdisciplinary
education. Oh, and if it’s possible I hope to give away a coveted thimble
invitation to a lucky attendee. What is that? Well you might want to brush up on your Alice in Wonderland before I come. But
let me explain. In the story of Alice in Wonderland the dodo bird gives Alice a
thimble for winning the caucus-race. “We beg your acceptance of this elegant
thimble.” I’m giving away the coveted thimbol invitation as an invitation to
have lunch with me at the sculpture, once it’s complete. I’ll even give you the
honor of being master of ceremonies and beckon the title of the sculpture. “Move
One Place On,” to entice all guests to switch places, as will be the tradition.
See you at Moody Gardens in November for the 56th Annual Conference.
“Curiouser and Curiouser”

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