Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS) talk by St. Paul, Minnesota-based artist, Seitu Jones, on his work at the intersection of public art, food, activism, and community
The stories we tell ourselves about food are often disconnected from the realm of art and activism. In this talk, part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS), St. Paul, Minnesota-based, 2017 McKnight Distinguished Artist, Seitu Jones will expand on his work that brings these disparate themes together. From collard green bus stop sculptures and bread ovens, to 2,000-person dinner tables and “greenlining” projects, Jones will discuss how food and activism flavor his public art projects and how these elements help craft new stories about community.
This lecture is part of the Humanities Center’s Syracuse Symposium.
About Seitu Jones
Seitu Jones was born in Minneapolis in 1951. Working on his own or in collaboration, Jones has created over 30 large-scale public art works. He’s been awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communication Group Designer Fellowship. Seitu was awarded a 2001-2002 Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and was the Artist-in-Residence in the Harvard Ceramics Program. He was Millennium Artist-in-Residence for 651 Arts in Brooklyn, NY, and was the first Artist-in-Residence for the City of Minneapolis. In 2014, he integrated artwork into three stations for the new Greenline Light Rail Transit system in the Twin Cities. A 2013 Joyce Award, from Chicago’s Joyce Foundation allowed Seitu to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table a half a mile long. The project focused on access to healthy food. Seitu is working with members of his neighborhood to create a 5-acre farm in a new St. Paul city park. For 18 months Seitu was a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Science Resources at the University of Minnesota. Jones received an MLS in Environmental History and a BS in Landscape Design from the University of Minnesota.