Published April 14, 2016

‘CREATE: Eat, Art & Act’

Visiting artist Seitu Jones to give public talk, help celebrate Earth Day
During his time as a visiting artist April 19-23 at Monmouth, Seitu Jones will explain how he developed the CREATE program in St. Paul, Minn., that feeds 2,000 people at a half-mile-long table.

The community gardener and award-winning public artist will discuss the unique meal program during a free public talk. Free and open to the public, his talk is titled “CREATE: Eat, Art & Act” and will be held at 7 p.m. April 20, in the Pattee Auditorium on the lower level of the Center for Science and Business.

Jones will also speak to several art classes and participate in the celebration of Earth Day at the college’s research farm.

Working on his own or in collaboration, Jones has created more than 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.

A 2013 Joyce Award from Chicago’s Joyce Foundation allowed Jones to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, which focused on access to healthy food. He is currently is working on a year-long commission to create a sculpture for Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden and is working with members of his neighborhood to create a five-acre farm in a new city park in St. Paul.

In February, Jones was one of 50 global artists and policy makers invited to present at the Salzburg Global Seminar’s “Beyond Green: Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability” symposium. He 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, N.Y., and was the first artist-in-residence for the City of Minneapolis

In 2014, Jones integrated artwork into three stations for the new Greenline Light Rail Transit system in the Twin Cities. For 18 months, Jones was a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Science Resources at the University of Minnesota.

Jones received a master’s degree in environmental history from the University of Minnesota, which is where he also earned his undergraduate degree in landscape design.
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