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Safeguard: Plants, Process and Regeneration

Aug 14, 2019 to Nov 03, 2019

What can a deepened relationship with our environment do for us? This exhibition explores the connection between people, place and plants by local artists Lisa Philander, Jess Hirsch and Julie Reneé Benda

Join the artists for an activation of their work on Saturday, October 5.

Jess Hirsch is a conceptual artist investigating the healing world through installation and sculpture. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and is the recipient of the Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board Grant, and the Jerome Emerging Artist Project Grant. Her art practice focuses on educating the public on alternative health practices through everyday experiences such as bathing, eating, and sleeping. Her sculptures range from full room installations where the viewer enters a new space to experience healing, to small take home sculptures, where the viewer can privately experience the work. She is the founder of Women's Woodshop, a shared studio space educating women and non-binary makers on the wonders of woodworking.

Julie Reneé Benda is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice in print, book and sculpture.  At home in the tradition of storytelling, she applies narrative throughout various media and form in order to reflect on shifting boundaries of land, water, people and plants.  Benda earned her BA in biology and studio art at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master of Fine Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the Jerome/MCBA Mentorship.  She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. Her work has been featured in Make MN Magazine, Hyperallergic, and by MN Original.

Lisa Philander is a curator of plants. Inspired by the functional intricacies of nature, she explores dynamic relationships between people, plants, and healing. Her series, Recomposing, is a creative frontier that explores healing from trauma.Lisa holds a PhD and is director at the Univeristy of Minnesota’s Biological Sciences Conservatory, which houses a diverse collection of over 1200 rare and unusual plant species in seven different environmental biomes.

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Minnesota artist activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.