Artist Seitu Jones is having a meet and greet in the VizLab from 5-6 PM and presenting a visual lecture in Montague 70 from 6-7 PM. All are welcome to attend!
Integrating art, nature and place, Seitu Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks. He was Millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts, in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Working with his neighbors, Trust for Public Land and the City of St. Paul he helped create Frogtown Farm, a 5-acre organically certified farm located inside a new 12-acre park St. Paul. Seitu was awarded a Forecast Public Art Grant to build a floating sculpture to act as a research vessel for the Mississippi River. He is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation.
A 2013 Joyce Award, from the Joyce Foundation allowed Seitu to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2000 people at a table ½ mile long that focused on access to healthy food. His 2017 HeARTside Community Meal for 250 people in Grand Rapids, MI was awarded the Grand Juried Prize ($200,000) for ArtPrize Nine.
Seitu has a BS in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History, both from the University of Minnesota and was a 2002 Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is also a product of the Ramsey County Master Gardener program and is currently working toward his baking certificate at St. Paul Community College. Seitu recently retired from the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program in Port Townsend, WA.