About the Artist
Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Cape Cod Museum of Art. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s Eastern Region Art Educator Award & AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, and Adobe Creative Educator and Education Leader Emeritus. He’s active on social media at @timneedles.
This series is reflective of the emotions present as we begin year two of the pandemic. While the initial feelings revolved around fear, insecurity, anxiety, and adaptation after a year of living in quarantine the mindset has changed. The primary feelings now are that of gratitude for persisting through this very difficult time, optimism about the future along with an uneasiness about the transition to a new normal and a greater awareness of the passage of time. This series was created with original photographs and handwritten words paired digitally representing the feeling as we cross the threshold into the second year of the pandemic and approach spring with a new hope.