Sustainable Art Collaboration

What is the Sustainable Art Collaboration?

Beginning in 2017, GGR began a collaboration with artist collaboration with Mimi Peterson working out of Uptown. During the years since, she has sponsored art displays in Uptown and at each EcoFest, featuring her network of local and regional artists. GGR believes that art is often at the forefront of sustainability in materials and subject matter, helping people to see nature and humans in new ways.  

This ongoing “Vital Art Project” supported by the Racine Community Council and GGR continues into 2022.

Scroll down to see different aspects of the art in the Vital Art project.

Equinox @ EcoFest

Equinox @ EcoFest,  a Vital Art Project Exhibition By virtue of being a 4 hour Environmentally themed, impermanent, temporary exhibit, Equinox will create a tension, a feeling that something might be happening. While the pulse of the total exhibition is strong and rhythmic, the individual works reflect an instinctive and sensitive response to an atrophied balance between human, nature, and the built environment.  What has emerged in the work of featured artists Marie Cassidy (IL), Judith Jones (MI), Dean Habegger (WI), Erik R. Peterson (WI), Mimi Peterson (WI), Alix Anne Shaw (WI), Daniel Teafoe (IL) fuels a sense of optimism and wellbeing. Bringing art to the audience has resulted in an unconventional exhibit.  The combined efforts of Gateway Technical College, Greening Greater Racine, and Vital Art Project, created this opportunity to channel artistic gesture and translate it directly into a meaningful on campus viewing experience in celebration of the Vernal Equinox at Ecofest, 2020. ​Mimi Peterson, VAP EcoFest [email protected] Gateway Technical College 1001 S. Main St., Lake Building Racine, WI Campus Saturday, March 21, 2020 Hours: 9 – 1 PM

Vital Art Project ​OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium

The Art Exhibition and Symposium is free and open to the public. View the speakers’ and artists’ profiles below. Speakers include: ​​Images displayed are a preview of the artists’ work.

OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium opens October 18 in Uptown

VAP>Vital Art Project and GGR/SEA (Greening Greater Racine/Sustainable Environmental Art)

OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium 1322 Washington Ave., Uptown Racine

October 18 – November 10, 2019
Soft Opening: Friday, October 18, hrs: 4 – 7
Symposium: Saturday, November 2, hrs: 1 – 3 (doors open 12:30) Exhibit/Symposium Reception: Saturday, November 2, hrs: 3 – 5

Vital Art Project and Greening Greater Racine/SEA present OPTICS, an inaugural exhibition and symposium featuring influential artists and speakers. It will serve as a robust platform to reimagine relationships between nature, human, and technology, and the dangers of environmental degradation to life as we know it.

​Featured Speakers: Jim Chambers – LEED AP, Ed Miller – Racine Revitalization Partnership, Gina Lee Robbins, John Zehren – Gateway Technical College S.C. Johnson iMet Center Contact: Mimi Peterson, Vital Art Project Email: [email protected] Light refreshments as well as floral decor is sponsored by Festival Foods of Racine!

Vital Art Project receives ArtSeed grant

The Journal Times covered the Racine Arts Council announces 2019 ArtSeed grant recipients. ​Vital Art Project was selected as one of the recipients.

Christmas in July!

​Vital Art Project continues our residency at Vaulted Malt Brewery, 1322 Washington, with Christmas in July!

Erik R. Peterson and Mimi Peterson curate a series of three installations in the Vaulted Malt Brewery storefront windows running the thematic gamut from acerbic to emotionally thought-provoking. Spoofing consumer culture while nodding to the camp, historic department store Christmas window display, Christmas in July!, metaphorically explores the notion of window as portal bringing a sophisticated worldview to the Uptown neighborhood. 

When: Sunday, July 28 – September 15, 2019
Where: Vaulted Malt Brewery. 1322 Washington. Racine, Wi.

OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium opens October 18 in Uptown

VAP>Vital Art Project and GGR/SEA (Greening Greater Racine/Sustainable Environmental Art)

OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium 1322 Washington Ave., Uptown Racine

October 18 – November 10, 2019
Soft Opening: Friday, October 18, hrs: 4 – 7
Symposium: Saturday, November 2, hrs: 1 – 3 (doors open 12:30) Exhibit/Symposium Reception: Saturday, November 2, hrs: 3 – 5

Vital Art Project and Greening Greater Racine/SEA present OPTICS, an inaugural exhibition and symposium featuring influential artists and speakers. It will serve as a robust platform to reimagine relationships between nature, human, and technology, and the dangers of environmental degradation to life as we know it.

​Featured Speakers: Jim Chambers – LEED AP, Ed Miller – Racine Revitalization Partnership, Gina Lee Robbins, John Zehren – Gateway Technical College S.C. Johnson iMet Center Contact: Mimi Peterson, Vital Art Project Email: [email protected] Light refreshments as well as floral decor is sponsored by Festival Foods of Racine!

Vital Art Project receives ArtSeed grant

The Journal Times covered the Racine Arts Council announces 2019 ArtSeed grant recipients. ​Vital Art Project was selected as one of the recipients.

XOXO On Site> Vital Art Project,
An Art Exhibition and Experience

Here’s some upcoming ART AND BEER news in Uptown Racine! Get a sneak peak of Vaulted Malt Brewery (Yes! …a NEW brewery in Racine!). The brewery is hosting the Vital Art Project presenting: XOXO On Site> Vital Art Project, An Art Exhibition and Experience. 1322 Washington Ave., Uptown Racine. “ …experience the blending of urbane art in raw exhibition space is not unlike conceptual art – it must be seen, heard, touched, smelled, tasted to take on new meaning.” This event is a part of the Get Behind the Arts Studio Tour 2019 – Racine and Kenosha, April 27 (Racine) and April 28 (Kenosha), 2019, from 11 to 5PM. Opening day: Saturday April 27, 2-8 PM, plan to see: Artist Talk – 2-4 pm Performance – 4-6 pm BONK! performance – 6-8 pm Visit get bEHIND the aRTS on Facebook for more event details.

EcoFest 2019 Vital Art Project ​PROMETHEAN ORBIT>VITAL ART PRJECT, ​a Fine Art Exhibition ​...reflecting the caprice of nature and the complex layering of cultural change...

What: [email protected]>Vital Art Project Where: Gateway Technical College, Lake Building, Racine Campus When: Saturday, March 16, 2019; 9AM-1 PM ​Free and Open to the Public Building on it’s success, Vital Art Project will again facilitate [email protected], a fine art exhibition. The physical presence of art work at Gateway Technical Collage, has the potential to be catalyst for expanding community discourse about environment – human, built, natural. The upcoming group exhibit will feature regional artists whose work champions differences, and paradoxically, collaboration in expressing ways to inhabit the world in a better way. For more information on EcoFest, click HERE. ​ Artists’ work and description shown left. ​EcoFest 2019 event photos shown below.
What: [email protected]>Vital Art Project Where: Gateway Technical College, Lake Building, Racine Campus When: Saturday, March 16, 2019; 9AM-1 PM ​Free and Open to the Public Building on it’s success, Vital Art Project will again facilitate [email protected], a fine art exhibition. The physical presence of art work at Gateway Technical Collage, has the potential to be catalyst for expanding community discourse about environment – human, built, natural. The upcoming group exhibit will feature regional artists whose work champions differences, and paradoxically, collaboration in expressing ways to inhabit the world in a better way. For more information on EcoFest, click HERE. ​ Artists’ work and description shown left. ​EcoFest 2019 event photos shown below.
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Vital Art Project ​OPTICS, an Environmental Art Exhibition and Symposium

My art making stems from a primitive instinct to “hunt, gather, build”. The ritual brings to mind that the use of commonplace, castoff materials, each possessing past and present context, are a metaphor for life itself. With generational change come new expectations for story-telling. Assemblage has the potential to explain our feelings of well-being or make an argument for or against human and natural imperfection. As a contemporary practice, the media of assemblage embodies the ideas of multi-discipline art and yet remains sensitive to it’s history. My work fuses a Dadaist affinity for chance, hard edged industrial aesthetics, and the meditative qualities of color relationships.

​Focusing on the immediacy of ephemeral material, fugitive color and light, and the idea that forms change to rift in time and space, the Box Top Series moralizes my belief that the lost innocence of play can be found in these easy to-assemble structures in which repeated use of one simple component generates a flexible, hyper-articulated abstraction. Improvised in the moment, using circus colored packaging, stored in archival boxes and displayed as the resultant tableaux, they are meant to appeal as an offering in consumer vernacular.

Mimi Peterson
October 2018

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Vital Art Project Show: EcoFest 2018

Mimi Peterson led the efforts to make a new addition to EcoFest 2018 through a fine art collection. In addition to her work, she included the following artists: Catherine Cajandig, Vandana Gala, Erik R. Peterson, Marilyn Propp, I. Carmen Quintana and Gwendolyn C. Skaggs. The project’s goal is to “challenge ideas of indifference and detachment toward life and human interconnectedness to the environment.” Check out our page on EcoFest for more information on the event. Photo credits to Gateway Technical College and Adele Helmle. 
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