Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) program at University of New Mexico is going into its 15th year of programming, providing students with unique opportunities to experiment within a field-based artistic practice, while being embedded in place/s of the American Southwest.
The Fall 2014 LAAW field itinerary will explore the topic of Watershed, including investigations of water relations in the Southwest and a collaborative field-based project with ecological restoration expert, Joel Glanzberg. Students will travel and camp throughout the Rio Grande Watershed, from its headwaters to the US/Mexico Border, explore Gila River riparian ecology, and spend time with the Dixon Water Foundation in the Marfa Basin.
During the semester, students conduct research, engage in field investigations, undertake creative artistic projects, and complete a final exhibition of their works.
Field #1 Journey
August 25 - 27 – Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 28 – Sept 1 – Rio Grande Headwaters, Colorado
September 2 - 3 – Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
September 4 – 7 – El Vado Dam/Lake, New Mexico
Field #2 Journey
September 15 - 19 – Gila, Turkey Springs, New Mexico
September 20 - 22 – Elephant Butte and Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico September 23 - 27 – Valle de Oro, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Field #3 Journey
October 13 - 15 – Rio Grande Border, El Paso/Juarez, Texas
October 16 – 19 – Indio Mountain Research Station, Texas
October 20 - 24 – Dixon Water Foundation, Marfa, Texas
December 1 - December 12 - Land Arts of the American West Exhibition
See LAAW 2013 Highlights for projects, investigations, and final exhibition from 2013