Monday, October 19
Elaine Lopez is a Cuban-American designer, researcher, artist, and educator whose work explores the intersection of cultural identity, equity, and diversity within the field of design. She currently teaches graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art as a recipient of the AICAD Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship.
Wednesday October 28 7:00pm
Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed International Photographic Artist who portrays large-scal works that combine a wide-range knowledge of contemporary culture. She is known for he series, #1960 Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia Bright’s is the author of '#1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activists and Black Lives Matter protest' published by Chronicle Book. The work is a feature in the New York Times and
she has appeared in the 2016 feature-length documentary film Election Day: Lens Across America. Her series has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Smithsonian National
Museum of African American Museum, Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art,Cleveland; The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and the Leica Gallery in New York. Her series #1960Now, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies and Suburbia have been extensively reviewed and written about national and internationally. Bright is the recipient of several nominations and awards; Recently, she has been awarded the commission for 'Picturing the South' by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Artist and advocate Seitu Ken Jones has been tending the soil of community through art formore than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has harnessed the tools of visual art,infrastructure, and civic engagement to create work that links history to the present and honors the community’s assets — from its historic figures to natural resources to cultural traditions.
In his public art and events, Jones pushes beyond traditional art spaces to reach people in the context of their lives and communities. His large-scale sculptural installation Turnip Greens was dedicated in 2019 in the Nashville Farmers Market, inspired by the city’s bounty of food and black culture. First enacted in St. Paul in 2014, A Community Meal convened two thousand
people over dinner at a table half a mile long. Jones’s site-specific art installations for the Twin Cities Light Rail Transit system blend visual beauty with local history. In 2013, Jones co-founded
Frogtown Farm, a five-acre urban farm in a St. Paul city park created with and for neighborhood
Jones is a recently retired faculty member of Goddard College in Washington State. He holds a BS degree in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History from the University of
Minnesota. He’s been a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems in the College of Food, Agriculture
and Natural Science Resources at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the board of
managers for the Capitol Region Watershed District. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his
partner the poet Soyini Guyton.
October 1st, 2pm
Jerome Harris is a graphic designer, educator, and curator. His research on twentieth century African-American graphic designers has grown into a touring exhibition, with it's next stop at Boston University this Fall. Harris takes on selected freelance projects focusing on arts, culture, advocacy, and community. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and a BA from Temple University, and is currently the Design Director at Civic Nation.