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Neil Tetkowski's material of choice comes directly from the Earth. Most often he uses clay, which he believes is the perfect medium to express his relationship to the natural environment and the interdependency of all people. In 2000, Tetkowski conceived and built asculpture at the United Nations using a blend of earth materials fromevery nation. There, he physically involved people from every country of the world. The Common Ground World Project was officially endorsed at the United Nations as an environmental project and was exhibited in itscompleted form in the UN Visitor's Lobby in New York City. Tetkowski's artwork is widely published and in the permanent collections of 50 museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Tetkowski lives in Manhattan and is the director of University Galleries at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.