The University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts welcomes three Early Career Fellows for the next two years as part of its Expanding Approaches to American Arts initiative: Henry Castillo, UNM MFA Art & Ecology alum Dylan McLaughlin, and Bella Maria Varela. The selected fellows receive researching funding, an office or studio space and robust mentorship to help prepare them for careers in academia.
Dylan McLaughlin (b. Navajo Nation) is a sound and video artist looking critically to ecologies of extraction. His work often weaves Diné mythology, ecological data and environmental histories while holding space for complexity. What transpires is the sonification of relationships to land through experimental music composition, improvised performance and meditations of new forms of cartography and viewing land. In his multimedia installation and performative works, McLaughlin looks to engage the poetics and politics of human relations to place. He is a current recipient of the NACF LIFT award and the Fulcrum Fund award, and he has held residencies at Mass MoCA, Slow Research Lab and BOXO projects. He received his B.F.A. in New Media Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and he completed his M.F.A. in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico in 2021.