A&E students participate in nationwide For Freedoms project

Students from Catherine Harris’s Intermediate A&E class and Szu-Han Ho’s The Politics of Performance class create work for the nationwide artistic collaboration For Freedoms

Students from The Politics of Performance created a public performance at UNM’s Smith Plaza on November 8, 2018: Hazel Batrezchavez, Tommy Bruce, Leticia Chadwick, Alec Goldberg, Monica Kennedy, James Anthony Martin, Katrina Montoya, Aubrie Powell, Lizbeth Miscles Rivera, Zachary Travis, Martin Wannam

Culture/Shift 2018 in Albuquerque!

US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) hosts Culture/Shift 2018 in Albuquerque, Nov 1-3! Culture/Shift is a national convening of artists, organizers, and allies inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Art & Ecology faculty member Szu-Han Ho is a Local Host Committee Member and presents a workshop on “Art as Intervention: Performing in Public Space” on Fri, Nov 2nd. A&E graduate student Dylan McLaughlin presents a workshop called “Rooted: Land, Relationship, and Artistic Practice.” Learn more at

Kaitlin Bryson – Gently Radically Changing – MFA Thesis Show

Please join us for Land Arts Alumna and Art + Ecology graduate student Kaitlin Bryson’s MFA Thesis show:
Gently Radical Changing:
(events in gallery)
Opening reception: April 27, 6:00-9:00pm
Poetry reading by Beata Tsosie-Peña 7:00pm
Collaborative performance with Eric-Paul Riege: May 3, 6:00-9:00pm
Closing Reception: May 11, 6:00-9:00pm
Artist talk: 7:00pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory:
401 2nd Street SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

UNM Thesis Talk: May 8, 1:00pm
Department of Art Building, Room 304

workshops and performances)
Mycoremediation workshop & Planting: April 29, 12:00-3:00pm
Española Healing Foods Oasis
Burial performance: May 7, 7:30-8:30pm
Española Farmers Market

Land Arts featured in Catalyst Magazine

Land Arts of the American West is featured on the cover of the March edition of Catalyst Magazine. Adele Ardent wrote this insightful article reflecting upon her experiences with LAAW in 2017. meditation-in-space/

This Beautiful Earth

Better K(not) (To)o, video still, Jeanette Hart-Mann and Ryan Henel, Huérfano Mountain, 2017.

This Beautiful Earth
March 21, 2018

Land Arts of the American West and Art & Ecology is partnering with University of New Mexico, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Sustainability Program, and the Wind Symphony to present a concert and day-long event called, This Beautiful Earth. This event brings awareness to climate change and demonstrates how art can be an effective tool for such education. It will feature music, arts and science displays and presentations on human impact on the environment. Many community groups will be on hand to provide information on action individuals can take to halt climate change.

Artists, alumni, faculty, and students from Land Arts of the American West and Art & Ecology will be presenting creative works during this day-long event with presentations, installations, performance, and time-based projections.

Artists and scholars include:
Adel Ardent
Viola Arduini
Kaitlin Bryson
Jeanette Hart-Mann
Ryan Henel
Amy Catherine Hulshoff
Nicholas Jacobsen
Noel Mollinedo
Hollis Moore
Kacie Smith
Rachel Zollinger
Jessica Zeglin
Paul Ross

Schedule of Events and Locations

March 21, 2018

Presentations at Student Union Building (SUB) atrium, building #60
10:30 – 11:00am – Kaitlin Bryson, Mycelial Landscapes
11:10 – 11:30am – Noel Mollinedo
11:30 – 12:00pm – Kacie Smith, Transhumance
12:00 – 12:20pm – Viola Arduini
12:20 – 1:00pm – Nicholas B. Jacobsen, To Create A Vision With Words
1:00 – 1:40pm – Amy Catherine Hulshoff, Spiral Eddys: A How To Not

Art installations and science posters in Popejoy Hall Lobby, building #62
7:00 – 9:30pm

Art performance, and time-based projections in front Cornell Plaza of Popejoy Hall, building #62
7:00 – 9:30pm

UNM Wind Symphony Concert in Popejoy Hall, building #62
7:30 – 9:00pm

Event Reception
9:00 – 9:30pm

All arts and SUB presentations are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the UNM Wind Symphony concert. Tickets are available at the UNM Ticket office at the UNM Bookstore, online at, and at the door. $5 students, $8 seniors, $10 general admission. Call 505-277-8998 for more information.

UNM Art & Ecology Hosts “the last oil” Symposium

the last oil symposium at the University of New Mexico is the first national convening to address the misguided and reckless Arctic and offshore energy policy of the Trump administration, which endangers biological nurseries of global significance, violates indigenous human rights, and threatens to derail the efforts to mitigate climate change and the Sixth Extinction. Twenty-nine leading activists, artists, attorneys, biologists, climate scientists, conservationists, curators, historians, policy experts, and writers will unite in Albuquerque for this public forum.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) will host “the last oil: a multispecies justice symposium on Arctic Alaska and beyond” from February 21 through February 23, to address the catastrophic US Arctic energy policy. The gathering will also bring northern indigenous struggles into conversation with similar struggles across the West, including the Diné-Pueblo solidarity to protect the greater Chaco Canyon in New Mexico from fracking and the indigenous Sioux people’s campaign “Mni Wiconi: Water is Life”. The symposium is free and open to the public, and will convene on the UNM Main Campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The symposium will coincide with an exhibition on the Arctic — Long Environmentalism in the Near North: Activism | Photographs | Writing at the UNM Art Museum.

We encourage you to explore this site, particularly the Resources pages, which includes articles/op-eds and books authored by symposium speakers; television and radio interviews; and maps and reports published by indigenous human rights and conservation organizations.

the last oil is co-organized by Art & Ecology in the Department of Art and the UNM Art Museum in partnership with Department of American Studies, Anthropology, Department of Biology, Community and Regional Planning, Geography & Environmental Studies, Department of History, Sustainability Studies, Kiva Club, UNM Wilderness Alliance, Critical Environmental Justice Collective, The Red Nation, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Los Jardines Institute, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Gwich’in Streering Committee, REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands), Alaska Wilderness League, Audubon Alaska, Trustees for Alaska, The Wilderness Society, Earthjustice, Food and Water Watch, and the Defenders of Wildlife.

The Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico receives support from Lannan Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support for the symposium is provided by UNM College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office and the UNM Art Museum.

A&E Hosts the Decolonizing Nature Conference

Decolonizing Nature has become an urgent priority if we are to progress toward a just and sustainable Earth for all living beings. How do we resist further ecological devastation? How do we achieve resilience in times of stress? How do we revitalize affected ecological habitats and communities? The University of New Mexico will host an interdisciplinary environmental justice public forum “Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization,” from April 19 through Earth Day, April 22, 2017 to address these and related issues.

The conference is free and open to the public. It will bring to Albuquerque thirty-three speakers from the fields of art, architecture, humanities, religion, science, and grassroots activists from across the US and from Mexico, Canada and Ecuador. The gathering will foster discussions on integration of knowledge across disciplines, practices across cultures, and social-environmental movements across geographies. It will convene in the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (parking is extensive and free).

In conjunction with the conference, 516 ARTS will host a companion exhibition “Decolonizing Nature” from April 15 through 29; the University of New Mexico Art Museum will host a one-day film screening on April 18; and on Earth Day, April 22, the participants will have the opportunity to experience “Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice” at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

The conference and the associated programming are sponsored by the Land Arts of the American West and Art & Ecology programs in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 516 ARTS, UNM Art Museum, Friends of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Los Jardines Institute, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. The project is coordinated by Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and professor of Art & Ecology, University of New Mexico.

UNM Students Install at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami

UNM CFA students Carlos Gabaldon, Amy Johnson, James Martin, and Nick Simko have been working with Assistant Professor in Art & Ecology Szu-Han Ho throughout Fall 2017 on a site-specific installation for the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida as part of the Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) Lab. The culmination of CAP Lab coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2017. The UNM students have worked with the curators and staff at Vizcaya to propose and complete an interactive sculptural piece that responds to the theme of this year’s program: Overload.

After an initial trip to the site and several weeks of research, the students proposed to work collaboratively to build a functional, manually-operated carousel that would mimic the cyclical and immersive dimensions of the Vizcaya estate. The carousel features four fantastical creatures, each one built by one of the students, and a chair that will allow visitors to ride the carousel. The students will take turns pushing the carousel, performing the labor that powers the spectacle. During Art Basel Miami Beach Week, the carousel will be operating December 9th from 11am-2pm and December 10th, 2017 from 12-4pm in the Vizcaya Village. You can see documentation of the finalized piece and the performance by following us on Instagram @vizcaya_carousel

Sculptural Infrastructure ARTS 442/542 Spring 2018 Friday 9-12 and Wednesday 5:30-6:30

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As a collaborative, look at 10 sites along the ART
corridor and develop a prototype installation for one site. The
installation will engage creative placemaking, public art, and
community to build on public transportation as neighborhood
creation. We will work with proposals, permitting, prototypes
and a final event based installation. The interdisciplinary team
provides learning for all backgrounds. Our Wednesday evening
meetings will be based on community input and lectures.
Friday morning will be proposal development and building.

Out of Many, One: New Work by Studio Faculty

A&E faculty members exhibit artworks this fall in Out of Many, One: New Work by Studio Faculty at the UNM Art Museum open from September 8-December 10, 2017.

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