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Matt Spalding

Class of 2013

Matt Spalding received a BFA in painting from Murray State University and a Post- Baccalaureate certificate from MICA. He has participated in a range of art-themed panels and has given many independent lectures, including a presentation at the National Symposium of Arts Culture and Entertainment Districts. His thesis is at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore City explored the role of technology as a bridge between the "order of nature" and the "wilderness of the constructed environment." He is the organizer of the podcast "Curatorial Profession," which asks prominent curators to ruminate on the burning issues regarding the ever-fluidly changing definition of curating.

This outdoor, educational installation will serve to educate and inspire through an artful experience of the grounds and collections around the grounds of Cylburn Arboretym. @ the Trails is an app that explores the new role that technology plays in how humans experience the world by presupposing technology is fundamentally changing the way humans experience the world. The exhibition uses Cylburn Arboretum's existing collections of trails, trees, gardens, etc. as subject matter to explore the myriad ways that humans form a relationship to nature. Through the experience of a newly created app designed specifically for use at Cylburn Arboretum, @ the Trails investigates how technology supplements or hinder the experience of nature.