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“Intersection of Art and Nature”
A Panel Discussion:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Wednesday, Sept 28 6-8pm

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We are excited to share a panel discussion on the intersection of art and nature.  We invite a panel of artists who engage critically with the social and political discourses that mark that landscape, land artists, environmental artists, and site-specific installation artists to share a conversation on the following questions:  What is the intersection between art and nature?  How do artists utilize nature as a medium? How is this intersection a return to the land?  This is an event in partnership with ArtPrize, Cultivate, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

​Seating is not reserved. We do recommend that attendees arrive before 5:45 to ensure that they have a seat. If you have accessibility needs, please email hello@cultivategrandrapids.org and we will do our best to support you.

We are excited to share the moderator and panelists below. 

Our Panelists 

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Dylan AT Miner

Dylan AT Miner (he/him) is an artist, activist, scholar, and transformational leader. He is Dean and Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University. He is a founding member of the artist collective Justseeds. As an artist, he has hung nearly 30 solo art exhibitions, as well as participated in more than 115 group exhibitions. He has created graphics for numerous community organizations, social justice campaigns, and environmental organizations. Miner has published extensively, including chapters published in books by Duke University Press, Yale University Press, and Oxford University Press, among many others. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published by the University of Arizona Press. Born and raised in Michigan, Miner is a registered citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. His most recent publication is “Rivers of Resistance” in the current issue of Canadian Geographic. 

See more of Dylan's work here

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Leslie Sobel

Leslie Sobel is the artist daughter of two scientists. Her  artwork reflects her love of the outdoors and her deep concern about climate change. She works integrating wilderness fieldwork in remote places with scientists and time in the studio. Sobel works in mixed media frequently incorporating photography, scientific data, painting,
printmaking, sculpture and performance. She has shown widely and curates exhibitions focused on climate and social justice issues. Grants include an upcoming cruise on the Arctic Circle in 2022, Puffin Foundation and Puffin Foundation West, residencies on the
Eclipse Ice Field, with Planet Labs, Colorado Art Ranch, the Loomis Chaffee School, & several Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Professional Development Grants. University of Hartford Nomad Interdisciplinary MFA, BFA University of Michigan
School of Art.

See more of Leslie's work here

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Lori A. Faulkner

Lori A. Faulkner (she/her) is Associate Professor and Fashion Studies Chair at Kendall College of Art & Design and the Ferris State University 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award Winner. She was the
2021 FSU nominee for the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of State Universities. She wrote the curriculum for the Fashion Studies Program at KCAD based on her years working in the fashion industry and teaching /writing curriculum for Michigan State University. In addition to teaching, Lori serves as a member of the President’s Council, Dean’s Academic Council, Academic Senate and Visiting Artist Committee at KCAD
and on the Collections and Cocktails Committee for the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Her interests include creating collaborative projects for her students with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Opera GR, Spectrum Health, DisART, Crowned Free and the Grand Rapids Film Festival. She likes to travel with her students to research fashion around the world including New York, LA, London, Paris, Hong Kong, China and Australia. Lori lives in Rockford, Michigan with her
husband, Jack and daughters, Allyson and Ashley.

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Kevin Buist 

Kevin Buist (he/him) is an independent critic, curator, and design strategist. He was formerly the Artistic Director of ArtPrize, where he oversaw artists, operations, and design. He holds a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from Kendall College of Art and Design. His writing has been featured in numerous print and online publications including Artforum, Outland, the Art:21 Blog (where he was a Blogger in Residence), MNartists.org, Michigan Quarterly Review, kevinbuist.com/blog, and more. He has presented academic papers at the Institute for the Study of Latin American Art at NYU and the College Art Association Annual Conference. He has delivered lectures at many conferences and events, including The International Council of Fine Arts Deans’ Annual Conference, Museum Next, the University & College Designers Association Conference, and more.

(photo credit: Brian Kelly)

Learn more about Kevin at his website here

Our Moderators: 

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Mallory Shotwell

Mallory Shotwell (she/her) is the founder and director of Cultivate.  Mallory is also an interdisciplinary artist and curator.  In her artistic and curatorial work, she considers care and caregiving in their practices, as they create spaces to hold space for various experiences and emotions.  Her immersive installation-based work considers sensorial engagement, creating room-like environments within the exhibition to mindfully consider and harness the concept of both physical rest and visual rest, and inviting points of engagement and participation. Her current body of work is on breast cancer. 

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Claudia Pimentel

Claudia Pimentel is the Cultivate Director of Education.  She is a Grand Rapids based illustrator, cartoonist & story-maker, specializing in children's book illustration, character design, comics works and various methods of riddle-solving and pancake flipping. At the heart of her role as an educator and instructor is the belief that all students should have access to enriching, comprehensive, and empowering education, facilitated with empathy and confidence by those guiding them. Her love of storytelling shapes her teaching methods and style — her work is a constant love letter to the process of The Narrative and the importance it has on how we communicate with community and with ourselves.

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