A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

SAIC Faculty Member Explores the Effect of Global Trade on Rural Towns

SAIC faculty member Sarah Ross (Sculpture and Art Education) and Ryan Griffis, professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explore the effect of global trade on Beardstown, Illinois, in the exhibition Between the Bottomlands & the World on view at the Newport Visual Art Center. Through video, photographs, and narrative writing, Ross and Griffis tell the story of Beardstown, a place representative of many small towns that faced direct repercussions from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The project was created for Regional Relationships, a group that commissions artists, scholars, writers, and activists to create works that investigate the natural, industrial, and cultural landscapes of a region.

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