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Wandering Seeds Exhibit Opening Reception & Presentation

Joanne Celestin, untitled (portrait of a woman), acrylic and egg tempera on canvas, 2018.42.9

Joanne Celestin, untitled (portrait of a woman), acrylic and egg tempera on canvas, 2018.42.9

Date and Time

Thursday, September 6, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


  • Red Wall Gallery, Lake Ontario Hall


Join us for the Opening Reception of the Wandering Seeds Exhibit followed by a presentation from Haitian filmmaker & artist Romel Jean-Pierre. Romel will share his experience of culture, art, and life in Haiti. Romel has appeared in worldwide exhibitions and events, including Art Prize in Grand Rapids in 2014.

  • Opening Reception: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Red Wall, Lake Ontario Hall
  • Presentation: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Multi-Purpose Room, Niemeyer Learning and Living Center

About the Wandering Seeds Exhibit:

"the tall tree says it sees far, the wandering seed says it sees more" – Haitian proverb

Between May 20 – June 19, 2018 a dozen Grand Valley State University (GVSU) students and two faculty traveled to Haiti as part of a study abroad program. The course, led by Professor Peter Wampler (Geology/Frederik Meijer Honors College), was designed to allow students from various backgrounds the opportunity to experience Haitian culture and gain an understanding of daily life in rural Haiti. In addition, students participated in a variety of service learning and community-based teaching experiences, allowing them to contribute their energy toward real-world problems in Haiti. During the first week of the trip, Assistant Professor Ellen Adams (Art Gallery/Frederik Meijer Honors College) also assisted in mediating experiences with Haitian artists and art collectives at various sites.

Included in this exhibition are narratives and reflections by both the faculty and students who participated in the trip. Additionally, a number of photographs document their encounters, and a variety of original Haitian paintings, voodoo flags, metal art and masks attest to the vibrant and diverse artistic culture in the country.



Peter Wampler



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