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Virtual Open Studio (August)

August 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, August 25th
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In lieu of our Open Studio Days at the Fiore Art Center, we will be virtually sharing what our summer residents are up to. For August, meet visual arts resident James Southard (Rob)and academic writing resident, Sophie Kelmenson. Rob is working on a new project that brings attention to small scale farmers of the central and eastern Kentucky region. He “wishes to highlight some of the concerns, hopes and future plans that face farmers of the bluegrass, especially in times like these, where the pandemic is causing unprecedented pressure on our food system.” Rob has done similar projects in Cuba, Korea, Wyoming and Vermont. Sophie will focus on finishing her dissertation, titled Challenges to and challenges from scale in alternative food systems. Her dissertation “explores the promise of using alternative food systems as a mechanism for sustainable economic development that combats a barrage of negative impacts on human health and the environment, loss of small farms and food businesses, and the increasing reliance on inequitable labor practices that are associated with industrial agriculture (Fryar, Carroll, & Ogden, 2010; Drewnowski & Spector, 2004; Lyson, Stevenson, & Welsh, 2008).”

Both artist will live stream a presentation of their final work followed by a panel conversation and audience Q & A with Rob, Sophie, MFT’s Policy and Research Director, Ellen Stern Griswold, and Alex Fouilard, MFT’s Farming for Wholesale Project Manager. Opening and closing remarks will be given by Karen Giles, MFT’s Gallery Coordinator).


Please RSVP in order to tune in (Zoom link will be sent upon registration)


August 25, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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