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Artist Talk with Tallgrass Film Association: The Mesquite Mile

Free talk on May 30th at 5:30 pm at Tallgrass Film Center at the Lux – 120 East 1st street North Unit 113. 


The Mesquite Mile is a multi-phase project that aims to relocate regionally historic mesquites from commercial agricultural land (where they are routinely removed) to Lubbock’s urban core. The project utilizes art as a tool to create a drought resistant shade canopy and public food forest—converting lawns and surplus space into interconnected rainwater harvesting earthworks that reimagine the narrative of this vital keystone species.

Tallgrass Artist Residency


Travis Neel is an artist, educator, and serial collaborator. Neel holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Neel is an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas Tech University.

Neel’s collaborative work has been featured in the Agitprop! Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum; The Time-Based Arts Festival at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum; and numerous DIY and public spaces across the United States.


This is a free event as part of the Tallgrass Artist Residency, funded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC). The Tallgrass Artist Residency seeks to create connection and conversation across the Great Plains through engagement with the prairie ecosystem. www.tallgrassartistresidency.org

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