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June 15, 2023

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station welcomes 2023 artist-in-residence

A Kalamazoo woodcut printmaker and teacher is the 2023 Artist-in-Residence for Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

Launched by MSU in summer 2022 in an effort to promote art and science collaborations, the Farmscapes to Forests: Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Ecological Research Artist-in-Residence Program is now in its second year and will host Trevor Grabill from Flat Mountain Press June 12-18 as the 2023 Artist-in-Residence.

According to Gretel Van Wieren, Professor of Religious Studies at MSU who spearheaded the artist-in-residence program in collaboration with KBS LTER Education and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Schultheis and KBS LTER Science Coordinator Nameer Baker, the selection committee was impressed by Grabill’s interest in engaging the data of the researchers’ experiments to create a visual folk tale through art that communicates the underlying narrative of the research.

“Trevor had an interest not only in representing the natural habits and aesthetic aspects of KBS but also in really engaging some of the specific scientific experiments going on there,” Van Wieren said. “A unique aspect of Trevor’s art was welcoming the change to an informed approach — looking at, for instance, plants that thrive alongside agriculture, or the relationship between pollinators and a changing botanical world that KBS focuses on.”

To read the full story, visit the College of Arts and Letters website.

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