Land Arts of the American West

Land Arts of the American West at the University of New Mexico is preparing for another incredible fall program with our Art & Ecology students, visiting artists, activists, and community members, at sites across New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. We will also be engaged in several collaborative projects along the way.

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Here is a quick preview of what’s to come.

Collaborative Projects


A Garden TBA at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
A Garden TBA is a collaborative garden intervention in conjunction with SeedBroadcast Seed the Resilience: agri-Culture and Climate Change at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. This project brings together visiting artist Christine Mackey, local farmers Tiana Baca and Sarah Montgomery, Land Arts of the American West, and Intermediate Art & Ecology Students to create a public earthwork on site at the museum. An accompanying symposium and performance will be held on December 6, 2018.

NeoRio Roots ~ Raices
Land Arts of the American West artists, along with visiting artist Francisco Letelier, will bring their innovative field-based creative research process to Rio Grande del Norte National Monument/Wild Rivers and the NeoRio annual outdoor contemporary art event to generate environmental installations for the public. Inspired by the theme, Roots ~ Raices, this group of artists will work both individually and collaboratively across creative disciplines of performance, time-based media, sculpture, and experimental art to explore a rooted sense of place. Artist will convene as a collective group a week before the event and camp on-site as they intimately explore the Rio Grande gorge. This embodied exploration will lead to a series of intuitive creative responses by these artists, presented as finished works of art to share with the public.

Resisting Extraction in the Greater Chaco Region
Grater Chaco community members and activists Daniel Tso, Mario Atencio, and Beata Tsosie-Peña will guide LAAW students through learning about environmental justice in indigenous communities and current oil and gas development in the Greater Chaco Region. Then visiting artist and fracking activist, Asha Canalos, will facilitate a project with LAAW to make the invisible, visible through a collaborative zine project.

Migration, Extinction, and Nature/Culture Dialogues in the US/Mexico Border Zone
Borderlands Restoration Network, along with visiting writer Francisco Cantú and artist Karima Walker will work with Land Arts of the American West students to investigate migration and extinction in the US/Mexico Border Zone through a creative study of bats, agave, and anthropogenic impacts, resulting in a creative time-based production.

2018 LAAW Exhibition
The annual 2018 Land Arts of the American West Exhibition will take place at UNM John Sommers Gallery and at off-site locations from December 3 – 13, 2018, along with a public reception on December 7.

Creative Bioregional Field Sites
Headwaters of the Rio Grande, SW Colorado
Muley Point, Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
Gila River and Wilderness, NM
White Sands, NM

LAAW Visiting Artists, Writers, Activists, Organizations, and Community Members:
Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Asha Canalos
Beata Tsosie-Peña
Borderlands Restoration Network
Christine Mackey
Daniel Tso
Francisco Cantú
Francisco Letelier, SFAI Resident Artist
Karima Walker
L.E.A.P. NeoRio, Roots ~ Raices
Mario Atencio
Santa Fe Art Institute, Truth and Reconciliation Residency
Sarah Montgomery
Tiana Baca
Utah Diné Bikéyah


Land Arts of the American West
University of New Mexico

Land Arts of the American West: to inspire and support environmentally and socially engaged art practices through field-based bioregional teaching, collective learning, interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, and creative forms of publication and exhibition.