Subhankar Banerjee www.subhankarbanerjee.org, Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair, Professor of Art & Ecology. Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born American photographer, writer, activist and environmental humanities scholar. He has been a leading voice on issues of Arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource wars, and climate change. He has also done work in the American Southwest that addresses desert ecology and forest deaths from climate change, and recently started a project to address climate change impacts and politics of ecology in the coastal temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest. His research focuses on the intersection of art, ecocultural activism and environmental humanities. Subhankar’s photographs, writing and lectures have reached millions of people around the world. Following a six–month residency as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
Catherine Page Harris <cargocollective.com/landwork/Catherine-Page-Harris>, Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology, is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on land use issues and ecology. Her work blends landscape architecture, and sculpture. Current projects include Flow Lines for Mapping a Green Future at CCA Santa Fe; working with director Scott Collins, PhD and researcher Terri Koontz, MA on kangaroo rats at the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Site to build indoor and outdoor installations; and a project with William Gannon, PhD, from the Museum of Southwestern Studies and Daniel Shaw, PhD of the Bosque Environmental Monitoring Program on acoustical mammal monitoring. Her work has been shown in New York and San Francisco.
Jeannette Hart-Mann is a Research Assistant Professor with the Land Arts of the American West program. She is the founder and director of Fodder Project: a Collaborative Research Farm, which explores the cultural intersection of art, sustainability, polyculture food systems, collaboration, education, and community. Her art practice includes interdisciplinary approaches which investigate regenerative agriculture and cultural ecology of the arid southwestern United States. She has shown throughout the US and completed several public and private works, including the collaborative works, Culture Digest(e) and dichets digest(e), for the LAND/ART New Mexico project.
Szu-Han Ho <www.szuhanho.net> Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology, works in sculpture, text, performance, and installation to address practices of exchange in diverse constellations. Her research and production interests revolve around the shared metaphors of economics and ecology. Recent and ongoing projects include an Interchange Workshop (Taller de Intercambio) between Culiacán, Mexico and Albuquerque, New Mexico; CORO ARROYO, a composition for choir based on the desert birdsong; and “The Mirror Duet,” series of collaborative performances based on one of W.A.Mozart’s Spiegelkanons. After receiving a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, she launched a three-year collaborative project in art installation, speculative proposals, performance, and agricultural experimentation on a 250-acre site in West Texas. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an MA in Visual and Critical Studies and an MFA in Film, Video, and New Media.
Andrea Polli <www.andreapolli.com> holds the Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media at UNM, and her work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally. She has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including UNESCO and a National Science Foundation funded project in Antarctica. She works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems for understanding weather and climate. She received a 2009 NYFA fellowship and is a Fullbright Specialist in Computational Media. Along with her most recent book-length collection, Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles on Intellect Press, she has published several book chapters, audio CDs, DVD documentaries and papers in print including MIT Press and Cambridge University Press journals.
Bill Gilbert <www.unm.edu/~wgilbert/> has served on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico since 1988 where he holds the Lannan Endowed Chair as Director of the Land Arts of the American West program. Gilbert is also the co-founder of the new Art & Ecology emphasis in studio art and has recently been appointed as Associate Dean for Research of the College of Fine Arts. Gilbert has exhibited his place based, mixed media installation and video works internationally since 1981. He received a Lila Wallace Arts International Grant in 1994 to work with the Quichua people of Ecuador and has curated numerous exhibitions and written essays regarding the work of indigenous artists from the US Pueblos, Juan Mata Ortiz Mexico, and Pastaza, Ecuador. In 2009, the University of Texas Press released Land Arts of the American West, co-authored with professor Chris Taylor. Gilbert served on the steering committee for the LAND/ART New Mexico project and has authored the introduction for the culminating book to be published by Radius Books.
Basia Irland www.basiairland.com
My artwork focuses on international water issues, especially rivers, waterborne diseases, and water scarcity. Water Library (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) describes projects I have created over three decades in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Through my art, I hope to offer a creative perspective of water while examining how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element. I work with scholars from diverse disciplines building rainwater harvesting systems; connecting communities and fostering dialogue along the entire length of rivers; filming and producing water documentaries; and creating waterborne disease projects around the world, most recently in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, and Nepal. My working process most often occurs out in the field along rivers and creeks.