University of Minnesota Morris student Anneliese Tatham of West Saint Paul, earned a Briggs Library Associates Art Award for her pieces Seed Stories and Nourish in the Juried Art Exhibition.
Both pieces depict the power of food in our lives. Nourish, which is an etching, shows a face peeking out of a seed as if being born. Seed Stories, a dry point, showcases the three sisters of Native American agriculture: winter squash, maize, and climbing beans.
As an environmental science and environmental studies major, Tatham uses art as a way to process what she learns in class. Taking a sustainable farming internship after graduating from high school, Tatham connected with an individual there who encouraged the young artist to nurture her creative interests. After graduation Tatham hopes to work in the food system supporting farmers and working toward food security as well as food sovereignty.