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Feb 14th

Thirteen emerging artists selected to participate in John Biggers' Seed Project

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The city of Minneapolis and partners Obsidian Arts, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, and the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) announced the selection of 13 mid-career and emerging artists for the John Biggers' Seed Project (Seed).



The selected artists include Mica Anders, Chrys Carroll, Roger Cummings, Patrick Cunningham, Angela Davis, Loretta Day, Christopher Aaron Deanes, Adrienne Doyle, Jeremiah Bey Ellison, Jordan Hamilton, Chris Harrison, Esther Osayande and Chris Scott.

Seed is inspired by Biggers' "Celebration of Life" mural and the role the mural played in launching the careers of young artists and organizations, planting artistic "seeds" on the Northside. The artists will learn about African-American art and community history, be provided with career development and transferable skills and create a sense of place that speaks to the culture of north Minneapolis.

They will work with four master artists, Willis Bing Davis of Ohio, Jon Onye Lockard of Michigan and local artists Seitu Jones and Ta-coumba Aiken. The master artists will help the emerging artists complete a new public art installation made of enamel at Interstate 94 at Highway 55.

"I am quite impressed with these artists and I am proud of all of their accomplishments past and present," said Aiken. "I believe that we are on a great journey together, and that they will contribute to our greatness as a collaborative team to honor the work of John Biggers."

The artists will begin training in January and the installation of the artwork will occur in October 2014.

The Biggers' Seed Project is funded in part by a place making National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant and matching funds from the city of Minneapolis' Art in Public Places program. Seed also recently received a grant of $100,000 from the McKnight Foundation's Region and Communities Program and $10,000 from the Pohlad Foundation.

The city and partners will be holding a meet-the-artists event and a series of four art history workshops. The meet-the-artists event will take place in mid to late January and the art history workshops will be held on Saturdays in February and March. All of the events are free, hosted at UROC, and open to the public. Details of the events will be published closer to the event dates.

For more information on Seed, including biographies and photos of the participating artists, visit

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