Recording: The Machine in the Garden. A Conversation with Gregory Spaid

Enjoy a series of short videos and conversation about the recent work by the artist Gregory Spaid who has produced a series of videos throughout the coronavirus pandemic. “In this unsettling time,” he writes, “I have tried to look more closely at nature for the beauty, solace and inspiration that can still be found there.” Spaid has made works of art that remind us of the redemptive beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. 

This program was originally broadcast on Wednesday, July 28th via Zoom Webinar.


Gregory Spaid’s recent work includes a photography project that explores the vital role trees play in our lives. For this project he has traveled throughout the United States and has been awarded artist residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation in Wyoming, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Congaree National Park in South Carolina, as well as the Sonoran Artist Residency in Ajo, Arizona. He is also at work on a project photographing the dance-like movement of people on the street of New York City for a series of abstract images titled Pedestrians. His photography on the changing landscape of rural America was included in a major group exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles titled “Where We Live.” As well as the Getty, his work is in other major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He received a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Italy and is the recipient of eight grants from the Ohio Art Council. Spaid has published two monographs on his photography: Grace: Photograph of Rural America in 2000 and On Nantucket in 2002. In 2010 the Getty Museum published his work in a historical survey titled The Tree in Photography. Spaid taught studio art at Kenyon College in rural Ohio, where he has also served as the college’s provost.   

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