Culture is more than something we study and analyze— it's the world we create together

Sarah Zimmersarah zimmer

Trine University, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
B.A. Columbia College Chicago
Post-Baccalaureate Studio Art Centers International, Florence Italy
M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art
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I have always been interested in studying how we, as humans, communicate through what we make and do—everything from artistic movements and periods to cultural practices to the built environment to virtual space. Looking at the world through the lens of handwork from cultures long gone and making connections from their traditions to our contemporary world reminds us that the world is not finite and fixed but in constant flux. Words, images, actions, ideas— everything that has come before and continues to be created contributes to the whole of our cultural fabric. I enjoy sharing and discussing this topic with students and encouraging them to make and communicate creatively, effectively, and responsibly. I instruct courses in communication, visual arts, history of art, architecture, and film.