Renowned Artist John Grade Returns to Emory

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April 3, 2012

Renowned environmental sculptor John Grade returns to Emory University April 11-14, 2012 for a series of free public events surrounding his art commission, "Piedmont Divide", located on Emory's Quadrangle and in Lullwater Preserve.

Artist's Talk & "H2O: Film on Water" Screening
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 pm
Carlos Museum Reception Hall
John Grade discuss his dynamic body of work spanning decades and continents, as well as the experience of creating "Piedmont Divide." Immediately following the lecture will be a special screening of short videos created by artists in response to Piedmont Divide, in collaboration with "H2O: Film on Water" by CYNTHIA-REEVES Projects. The videos will also be screened on a loop in the lobby of the Visual Arts Building from April 16-20, 2012.

"Questions to ask a river, or a creek"
Performances: April 12, 7:00 pm / April 13, 7:00 pm / April 14, 7:00 pm
Emory Quadrangle, in conversation with Piedmont Divide
What is required of us to become sustainable? This site-specific, live dance performance will include choreography by Emory dance faculty member Lori Teague with Juana Farfan, Tiffany Greenwood, Natasha Nyanin, Dela Sweeney, and Jacqueline Woo.

"Piedmont Divide" is sponsored by the Friends of Emory Visual Arts, the Emory College Center for Creativity & the Arts, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the Religion Department, the Environmental Studies Department, and the Hightower Fund.

About John Grade
Grade's work has been featured and reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture, Artweek, American Craft, ARTUS, the Boston Globe, and on NPR's All Things Considered and Studio 360. A recipient of numerous awards, Grade's work has garnered international recognition for both its beauty and use of non-invasive materials. His sculptures are shaped by natural landscapes, often changing form throughout their lifespans. One example is his 2007 wooden sculpture, "Collector," which was submerged in Washington's Willapa Bay, where it acted as an oyster bed. After the oysters were eaten by Grade and friends, the tusk-like forms were transported on the grill of Grade's pick-up truck to a slot canyon in Little Death Hollow, Utah. There, covered with insects from the ride, it was washed clean by flooding. View his portfolio at


Emory University Visual Arts Department
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