GRAM educator night - Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

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Thursday February 21

5:00 PM  –  9:00 PM

Dylan Miner: Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives

East Lansing-based artist and activist Dylan Miner will debut new work created for his Michigan Artist Series exhibition at GRAM that will focus on the natural environment of West Michigan and its history. Miner is a Michigan native of Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) descent. In his current work about the history and culture of Anishnaabewaki, the Indigenous Great Lakes region, Miner explores the degradation of regional resources, capitalism, and colonialism as a way to shape awareness and create dialogue around these complex, intertwining issues. Miner imagines his artistic practice as creating new forms of contemporary Great Lakes regionalism, by focusing on the natural elements that make Michigan so unique and important.

In Water is Sacred // Trees are Relatives, Miner investigates the important historical and current issues around three primary natural elements: wood, water, and sky, and the traditional knowledge and beliefs around them within Great Lakes Indigenous cultures. For the exhibition, Miner will produce a series of large-scale cyanotype photographs on fabric that portray images of cloudy skies and water surfaces. For Miner, the blue color of the cyanotype process evokes water and sky, and also has symbolic correspondence to Michigan’s history around Indigenous issues of sovereignty. (The cyanotype process was first used in 1842, the year that the Treaty of LaPointe was signed, the last of the eight major treaties ceding land that is now Michigan.) Miner will also create site-specific sculptural elements for the exhibition from old growth timber and other arboreal materials. 

GRAM educator night

Thursday, February 21, 2019

5:00 - 9:00 pm


5:00 pm Arrival / Networking 

5:15 pm Exhibition Overview / Classroom Connections

5:45 pm Exhibition Tour

6:45 pm Break

7:00 pm Artist Talk in Cook Auditorium

8:00 pm Art-Making in GRAM Studio

9:00 pm Departure

For more information please contact Emily Jarvi, School Experience Manager, 616-831-2928 or