Detroit Center for Design + Technology's climate change exhibit and symposium features five Ann Arbor artists


Brenda Miller, Carbon Neutrality and Turtle Island

Brenda Miller, Carbon Neutrality, paper collage 18"x24"; Turtle Island, paper collage 18"x24".

The Lawrence Technological University's Detroit Center for Design + Technology has launched a free online art exhibit and symposium on climate change, and five artists from Ann Arbor are featured.

The project is called Yeah, What Lester Said, is named for Lester Brown, a pioneering environmentalist pioneer who was one of the first people to sound the alarm about global climate change. “Saving civilization is not a spectator sport," Brown said -- and the artists in this exhibition are anything but spectators.

Yeah, What Lester Said, which runs June 1 to August 15, explores climate-change impacts through architecture and built environments, exploring how the art and design worlds are addressing the issue. It was supposed to be held at the Detroit Center for Design + Technology but was moved online due to Covid-19.

The Ann Arbor artists exhibiting in Yeah, What Lester Said include exhibit co-curator Leslie Sobel, Paul Hickman, Brenda Miller, Margaret Parker, and Dominique Chastenet de Géry. Here's a sampling of some of their work in the exhibition:

Leslie Sobel, Re-envisioning Detroit abstraction

Leslie Sobel, Re-envisioning Detroit abstraction, mixed media including digital & encaustic monotype digital print 18” x 24”, edition of 10.

Paul Hickman, Rancho Deluxe

Paul M. Hickman, Rancho Deluxe, a 1949 mid-century modern updated with unconventional, sustainable and reclaimed materials.

Brenda Miller, Colony Collapse 2

Brenda Miller, Colony Collapse 2, paper collage, 18x24".

Margaret Parker, Everything's Fine

Margaret Parker, Everything’s Fine, handmade quilt, appliqué, cotton and mixed fabric face, polyester batting, cotton back, beads, buttons, lace, 90”h x 58”w.

Dominique Chastenet de Géry, Zug Winter

Dominique Chastenet de Géry, Zug Winter, oil/canvas, 2017, 6'w x 7'h

The exhibition was curated by Embrace Creatives and Leslie Sobel and also includes works from sTo Len (New York City), Ash Arder (Flint), Diane Cheklich (Detroit), Adnan Charara (Dearborn), and Desiree Duell (Flint).

Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.

To see the art exhibit, visit To learn about the dates, times, topics, and also sign up for the free symposium's livestreams, visit