ART & ECOLOGY

Art & Ecology is an interdisciplinary, research-based academic program engaging contemporary art practices.

Graduate and undergraduate students develop environmental and cultural literacy with a conceptual foundation and a wide range of production skills, including drawings, sculpture, social practice, performance, and digital media. Advanced coursework includes the Land Arts of the American West (https://landarts.unm.edu/) program which offers bioregional field-based professional practice courses. 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.

Additional Info.

Art & Ecology courses encourage students to investigate, question, and expand upon inter-relationships between cultural and ecological systems. Our courses place emphasis on methods and tools from many disciplines—including art, design, humanities, sciences, activism, and traditional ecological knowledge—to foster collaborative and field-based research and art-making. We view art as an agent of analysis, critique, and radical change. Art & Ecology is committed to stimulating ideas, new forms of public engagement, aesthetic experience, and interdisciplinary practice.

Art & Ecology has established working relationships with many partners, including the ASU Desert Initiative, Rubin Center for Visual Arts, Working Classroom, Arid: A Journal of Desert Art, Design, and Ecology, Geneva HEAD University of Art and Design, Epicenter, Albuquerque Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Agency,  Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Site, Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Simparch, Borderlands Restoration Institute, Greater Chaco Coalition, El Centro Artistico y Cultural, SeedBroadcast, HawkMoth Farm + Agroecology Center, Bundian Way at Australia National University, Visual March to Prespes at University of Western Macedonia, the Center for Art + Environment, and LandMarks at Mira Costa College.

Art & Ecology currently also has active on-campus partnerships with the UNM Departments of Biology, American Studies, University Honors, Sustainability Studies, and the School of Architecture and Planning.

The Art and Ecology curriculum
prepares students to pursue
various career avenues.

Acquire and hone the skills necessary to successfully complete interdisciplinary and/or collaborative projects with museums, galleries, public/site-specific, community, and alternative contexts.

Acquire and hone skills to successfully lead classroom, field, and studio courses.  Articulate ecological and aesthetic principles for students in formal educational settings as well as in alternative contexts like community workshops.

Learn to combine artistic practices with organizing skills to become an active part of movement-building for social and environmental justice.

FACULTY

Catherine Page Harris

Catherine Page Harris

Associate Professor

Catherine Page Harris, Interdisciplinary Associate Professor, teaches Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico in a split position with the College of Fine Arts and the School of...

Jeanette Hart-Mann

Jeanette Hart-Mann

Assistant Professor

Jeanette Hart-Mann is a farmer, artist, activist, and teacher committed to the transformative potential of traditional ecological knowledge, embodied land-based practices...

Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee

Professor, Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair

Subhankar Banerjee is an artist, writer, conservationist, and public scholar. His place-based and community-engaged interdisciplinary and intersectional efforts aim to advance multispecies justice...

Szu-Han Ho

Szu-Han Ho

Associate Professor, Graduate Director

Szu-Han’s work in performance, sound, and installation explores the interwoven relationship between bodies and sites of memory. Her practice considers modes of exchange through diverse forms...

Ryan Henel

Ryan Henel

Field Coordinator, Land Arts of the American West

Ryan Henel is the Field Coordinator for the University of New Mexico’s Land Arts of the American West program and a Research Lecturer III for the Art + Ecology Department. He is also a Lead Artist for the Harwood Art Center’s Art and Social Justice...