Land Arts of the American West provides a unique opportunity for participating artists to experience the Southwestern bioregion, environment, and communities through one-on-one experiential processes while working individually and collaboratively on creative embodied projects, research, and artistic experiments. In 2019, artists engaged in a wide variety of topics through interdisciplinary creative approaches. These included: rights of nature, more-than-human kinship, eco-critical creativity, sustainability/bioremediation, life cycles, nature + poetry, and environmental justice. The following images are in-process documents from these Field Investigations, ensuing creative research, and finished projects.

Participating Student Artists:

Hyunju Blemel

Chelsea Call

Nancy Collins

Wheeler Fink

Jake Gatehouse

Juana Estrada Hernandez

Katie Keaveny

Ben Schoenburg

Mark Williams

Partners and collaborators:

Craig Allen

Mario Atencio

Borderlands Restoration Network

Scott Chasky

Valer Clark

Cuenca Los Ojos

Sunny Dooley

Josie Lopez

Todd Miller

Orien MacDonald

Sarah Montgomery

Allegra Mount

Perin McNelis

Cheryl Pailzote

Jose Manuel Perez

Kendra Pinto

Samuel Sage

Elaine Shendo

Daniel Tso

Utah Diné Bikéyah

Denyce White

Jonah Yellowman

Rachel Zollinger

Nancy Zastudil

Pinhole Camera image, Chelsea Call & Katie Keaveny

A latex mold of aspen tree bark, Erin Gould

Installation by Katie Keaveny

A basket created from harvested materials from the Gila river.Nancy Collins

Gradiations of a day at Muley Point, in watercolor by Brionna Garcia

Rubbings of local flora in the Chiricahua Mountains, Nancy Collins

Juana Estrada Hernandez works on an installastion in Valle Vidal, New Mexico