Open Call: DEPTH


From discoveries of water on Mars and hydroelectric power, to issues of water quality and access, to the complexities of water systems at the microscopic and macroscopic scales, our futures are directly linked to the future of water. What will that future be?

We’re seeking your interactive, participatory ideas for DEPTH, our second exhibition exploring the power and complexities of water, until October 5, 2018. We love works that bring together science and art and invite visitors to participate, create and discuss. Whether you have an idea for an installation or a workshop, share your thoughts with us!

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We're thrilled to welcome DEPTH's curatorial team:

  • Rachel Frierson, Director of Programming, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy: Rachel Frierson is the director of programming for the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the non-profit organization responsible for developing the Detroit RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut. Rachel oversees and implements the diverse program offerings that activate the Detroit Riverfront to create a world-class gathering space for more than three million visitors annually. Rachel holds two bachelors degrees from Michigan State University, and received her masters degree in public service management from DePaul University.


  • Seitu Jones, visual artist and scientist: Seitu is a Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was Millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts, in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Seitu is currently serving on the selection the 2018 ArtPlace America Awards. Seitu was awarded a Forecast Public Art Grant to build a floating sculpture to act as a research vessel for the Mississippi River. He is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation. His 2017 HeARTside Community Meal in Grand Rapids, MI was awarded the Grand Juried Prize for ArtPrize Nine. A faculty member of Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA. Seitu has a BS in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History and is a member of the board of managers for the Capitol Region Watershed District. Seitu has created over 30 large-scale public artworks


  • Elizabeth LaPensée, Gugenheim Fellow and Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, Michigan State University: Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning Anishinaabe and Métis designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.


  • Tawana Petty, Data Justice Coordinator, Detroit Community Technology Project: Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, author, and poet, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She is a Data Justice Coordinator for the Detroit Community Technology Project, a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, co-founder of Riverwise Magazine, and founder and director of Petty Propolis – an art organization that serves the community through various social justice initiatives, art and education workshops.  She has written four books, received several awards, and her work and writings have been featured in numerous publications. Learn more about Honeycomb at


  • Mark Sullivan,  Assistant Director of Science Gallery Lab Detroit, Michigan State University: Mark Sullivan is a music composer, a photographer, and educator. He holds appointments at Michigan State University in the College of Music, and in the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. His music compositions have been performed, and his photographs published and exhibited, around the US, Europe, and Asia. He has focused on research and creative activity in the arts, involving creative use of technology, and innovative approaches to education. During the last couple of decades, he has become increasingly involved with the pedagogy of composition, and the pedagogy of creativity, and, now, as Assistant Director of Science Gallery Detroit, on nurturing collisions between the arts and sciences to show they have to offer.