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Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency

Rethinking Value & Waste through Creativity

Fall semester 2021 marks the beginning of the inaugural Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency, an 8-week upcycling artist-in-residency program led by the MSU Broad Art Lab in partnership with SSRC's Spartan Upcycle program.

The Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency will help tell the story of waste as a resource. Detroit-based artist, Megan Heeres, will use the Broad Art Lab as a gallery and studio while she works to creatively reuse and reimagine materials collected by the MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center​.

In addition to producing an original body of work, the artist will be an active participant in the MSU Broad and Spartan Upcycle education programming. Art Lab visitors are invited to witness the artist’s process in the gallery and interact with them during open Art Lab hours. 

The 8-week residency begins August 27, 2021 and runs through December 17, 2021.

It will culminate in an exhibition that aims to invite each of us to rethink our definitions of value and waste, challenge conventional thinking around the value of discarded items, and encourage us to see waste as a resource.​

Spartan Upcycle x Art Lab Residency: Megan Heeres is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and curated by Britta Urness, Art Lab Studio Educator. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Michigan State University Surplus Store & Recycling Center and The Graduate Hotel East Lansing.