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Current Residents

Amy Pilling

With a background and interests in biology, sustainability, media and design, Amy has worked in a wide variety of sectors including documentary filmmaking, virtual world simulations, environmental education, community organizing and permaculture design. Her clients include organizations such as Ecoversity, Bioneers NM, Santa Fe Community College, and the Department of Transportation. By focusing early in the design/build sequence, her design process involves seeking out and utilizing leverage points and relationships in natural systems that can have the greatest effect in the eventual design. Most recently Amy has begun collaborating with Stephanie Rothenberg, artist and professor at SUNY Buffalo, on The Myco-planning Network, an exploration of and comparison between human built networks and networks from the natural world. During her time at the residency Amy will be investigating acequia systems of New Mexico and possible correlations to food security in the state.


Catherine Harris

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 Architecture and Planning. She received her BA from Harvard University, 1988, MLA from UC Berkeley, 1997, and MFA from Stanford University, 2005. Harris works in art/design, and digital/analog expressions. Her built work resides at Deep Springs College, White Mountains, CA, McCovey Field, SF, CA and The Violin Shop in Albuquerque, NM, among other sites. Recent projects include collaborations with Alexander Webb and Nina Dubois on modular explorations of space at Montessa Park for High Desert Test Sites and trans-species habitat furniture with Sam Martin, shown at the Santa Fe Art Institute among other spaces. Transpecies habitat, ecological flow, and morphogenesis, are current theoretical foci.


Courtney Leonard

Courtney Michele Leonard is a multidisciplinary artist from the Shinnecock Nation of Long Island, New York whose work explores the evolution of language, image and culture. Leonard’s current work embodies the multiple definitions of “Breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale, and material sustainability. Leonard has given lectures and exhibited nationally and internationally as a part of the Art In Embassies (USA Embassies), Toi Ngaphui Northland College (NZ), and the Museum of Art and Design (New York). Interdisciplinary research is core to Leonard’s studio practice. ‘BREACH: LOG 16…’, a solo exhibition, recently exhibited at the ASU Art Museum CRC (Tempe, USA), with research in collaboration with indigenous artists from Aotearoa, Nova Scotia, and upon completion as an artist in resident aboard the Charles W. Morgan, a historic whaling ship. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and works as an independent artist.


Franciszka Voeltz

From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz curates a collective poem to the entire planet (, maintains an interactive daily writing practice, and facilitates community writing events and workshops. Her chapbook POETXTS is available from Imaginary Friend Press, and her work has appeared in journals including Dark Mountain, Analecta Literary Journal, and Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women. Voeltz is the recipient of various poetry fellowships including those granted by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Art Farm. She earned an MFA in Writing from the University of California, San Diego. Franciszka lives and works in Northeast Missouri at Sandhill Farm, a collective and intentional community that grows 80 percent of their food.


Jan Mun

Jan Mun is a media artist that creates social sculptures. Using a combination of artistic and scientific processes, that manifest in the form of social practice, interactive installations, and bio-art. Jan is an amateur mycologist, microbiologist, and beekeeper working in collaboration with communities to innovate ways to communicate with each other and the larger public. She is working on two long-term projects: Greenpoint Bioremediation Project an artist-led creative cleanup and community partnership to innovate bioremediation practices for residents in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (one of the most polluted urban areas in the country) and ProfileUS: Invasive Species, which examines the interconnections made by humans and other species that have migrated to the US through the lens of art, technology, and biopolitics.


Kate Aitchison

Kate Aitchison is an artist from the Southwestern United States focusing on print media. Her work revolves around connections between art and conservation, human impact in the natural landscape, and emotive connection to place. In 2015 she was a RISD Maharam STEAM Fellow, as well as the recipient of the Peter St. Onge Memorial Scholarship in Printmaking to travel to Japan to learn traditional Japanese papermaking techniques.


Simona Prives

Simona Prives is a Brooklyn based visual artist, designer and educator. Born in New York City but having spent most of her childhood in Israel, Simona creates both physical and digital collages that focus on the process of decomposition and reconstruction. She uses fragments of her drawings, screenprints, found material and site specific video to assemble her compositions.. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York City, Chicago, Miami, California, Italy, Greece and recently China. She has been awarded residencies in Venice and Luca, Italy, Berkeley, California, Vermont, New York City and Greece. Simona is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.


Lois KlassenLoisKlassen_2015

Lois Klassen is a Vancouver-based artist and writer whose collaborative and participatory works have appeared galleries, museums and schools in Canada and abroad. Her texts have explored the impact of performance art on street audiences, the relevance of art coming out of “nowhere,” and the declarations of current feminist practices. Lois Klassen holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, a Diploma in Art History from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, textile arts training from Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada, and a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. She is currently a Cultural Studies PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.


Sylvia ArthurSylvia

Sylvia Arthur is a writer whose work explores issues of identity, diaspora and place. After graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Westminster, she worked as a runner for Sky News before becoming a reporter at News Africa magazine. She freelanced for The Guardian, the BBC and the British Journalism Review and worked as a senior researcher/assistant producer for the BBC, ITV and Sky. In 2010, she relocated to Brussels for a job with a communications agency, working as a consultant to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, communicating the benefits of intra-EU job mobility to young, skilled Europeans. During this time, she has travelled the continent extensively, meeting Europeans from all walks of life with compelling stories to tell about life in the Other Europe in a time of austerity. In 2013, she received an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from City University, London and recently published her first book about finding a job in a tough economy.


Melanie Gleasonmelaniegleason

Melanie Gleason is an immigrant justice attorney who is traveling around the United States giving pro bono legal services with her self-founded project, Attorney on the Move. She has been on the road since July 2015 and has worked with migrant farmworkers in California’s Central Valley and rural Oregon, detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington, tribal members on the Blackfeet and Navajo reservations, and is most recently coming from working at Casa Alitas, a short-term shelter for women & children migrants upon crossing the US/Mexico border. Melanie is working with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project while in town and has been a long-time community organizer and educator.