GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The past, present and future forces shaping the Great Lakes will be explored in a new exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The Great Lakes Cycle debuts Saturday at the western Michigan museum. It’s the work of New York-based artist Alexis Rockman.

The exhibition is anchored by five six-foot-by-12-foot panoramic paintings featuring themes Rockman developed during Great Lakes expeditions. It also features six large watercolors and monochrome field drawings based on his travel and research.

Rockman says in a release he aims to tell a story that’s “a compelling call for action on behalf of this natural treasure.”

Northern Michigan University professors have developed online educational materials in conjunction with the exhibit.

The exhibition runs through April 29. Afterward, it travels to other cities, including Flint, Chicago and Cleveland.