Catherine Page Harris, Interdisciplinary Assistant Professor, teaches Art and Ecology and Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico in a split position with the College of Fine Arts and the School of...
ART & ECOLOGY
Art & Ecology is an interdisciplinary, research-based academic program engaging contemporary art practices.
Graduate and undergraduate students develop land and cultural literacy with a conceptual foundation and a wide range of production skills, including sculpture, social practice, and digital media. Advanced coursework includes the Land Arts of the American West program, a semester-long travel and place-based arts pedagogy initiated in 1999. Students in Art & Ecology have the opportunity to work on various collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with departments across UNM and on comprehensive thesis projects integrating community and ecological research.
Art & Ecology courses encourage students to investigate, question, and expand upon inter-relationships between cultural and natural systems. Our courses place emphasis on methods and tools from many disciplines—including the fine and performing arts, design, the sciences, and activism—to foster collaborative and field-based research and art-making. We view art as an agent of analysis, critique and radical change. We are less bound to traditional media and more to stimulating ideas and new forms of public engagement and aesthetic experience.
Art & Ecology has established working relationships with many partners, including the ASU Desert Initiative, Rubin Center for Visual Arts, Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design, and Ecology, Geneva HEAD University of Art and Design, Epicenter, Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Agency, and the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Site, Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Simparch, El Centro Artistico y Cultural, SeedBroadcast, Fodder Project Collaborative Research Farm, Field Studies at Australia National University, Visual March to Prespes at University of Western Macedonia, and LandMarks at Mira Costa College.
The Art and Ecology curriculum
prepares students to pursue
various career avenues.
Acquire the skills necessary to function in an interdisciplinary and/or collaborative context.
Learn to function as an artist in a traditional context of museums and galleries while making work with an ecological function/content.
Prepare students to lead classroom, field, and studio courses and articulate ecological and aesthetic principles.
Develop a practice of research and presentation addressing cultural land use issues & the reinterpretation of the landscape through art.
Nurture social skills of engagement with an emphasis on a sense of play, celebration, and joy.
Jeanette Hart-Mann is Director of Land Arts of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. She is an alumni of Land Arts of the American...
After receiving academic degrees in science and engineering, Subhankar Banerjee gave up his career in science and became a self-taught artist, writer and scholar, and an accidental activist. His interdisciplinary creative...
Szu-Han Ho’s work in sculpture, performance, installation, and writing addresses the practice of exchange in diverse collaborations and constellations. Recent projects include BORDER TO BAGHDAD, an exchange...
Ryan Henel is Field Coordinator and Research Lecturer for the University of New Mexico’s Land Arts of the American West program (2012-present). He is also Lead Artist for the Harwood Art Center’s Art and Social Justice...