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.
Anna Macleod is a visual artist and independent researcher based in Ireland. Her projects utilize a variety of processes to mediate complex ideas associated with contemporary, historical and cultural readings of place. She employs quasi-scientific methodologies, trans-disciplinary collaboration, performance and socially engaged activism to critique contemporary landscapes and to build metaphoric spaces for re-visioning the future.‘Water Conversations’ is the umbrella term for an ongoing series of projects Macleod has been working on since 2007. Articulated as a series of actions, posters & zines, small sculptures, digital images, video, sound, drawings and public interventions, the project explores the complex interstices between landscape, science and technology, culture and geopolitics. The collaborative aspect of the work has led to working partnerships with local community members, artists, scientists, cultural geographers, activists and engineers. To date, ‘Water Conversations’ projects have taken place in Spain, Ghana, West Africa, various sites in Northern India; Colorado, USA; Ireland; Gobi Desert, Mongolia; Broken Hill Artist Exchange, New South Wales and Sydney, Australia. Anna Macleod is a former lecturer in Fine Art Media at Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Asha Canalos is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, community organizer and climate justice advocate. Her work is focused on colonization; social justice; hybrid communities; and the borders of natural and urban worlds. In 2011, Canalos began working as a community organizer, when a fracked gas compressor station was proposed near her farm in Minisink, NY. Canalos served as a press coordinator/organizer from 2011-2015, and delegate to meetings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She was one of ten community members elected to represent Minisink in federal court, during which she created a body of textual, visual and video documentation, and was awarded a grant for her work by writer/activist Eve Ensler. Canalos moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2015. There she continues to create interdisciplinary social history-based work, and to help collaboratively develop art, writing and public outreach interventions for communities facing take-overs by the oil and gas industry.
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.
Defying prescribed boundaries and definitions of landscape design, Christie Green activates edgy, elegant inquiry into politics, culture, ecology, and art. Landscape, hunted and harvested food, water and soil are her media to invite dialogue and encourage new ways of thinking, seeing and acting. She practices inspired land stewardship and cultivates people-place connection with wholeheartedness, uncomfortable truth and humor. Since 1999, as the Principal of Down to Earth, LLC and now radicle, Christie Green has designed and implemented award-winning small- and large-scale landscapes in northern New Mexico and beyond. Utilizing classic materials of wood, steel, stone, water, and diverse native and edible palettes, she includes wastewater recycling and rainwater harvesting as primary sources for irrigation and repurposed materials when possible. Her work includes interactive land art installations, federally funded regeneration projects in riparian and agricultural areas, residential edible gardens and educational land projects for non-profit organizations and schools.
Christina Catanese is an environmental scientist, artist, dancer/choreographer, educator, and arts administrator in Philadelphia. As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in gallery spaces and on the nature center’s 340 acres of forests and fields. Christina has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. In her choreographic practice, Christina is currently exploring the ability of dance to take ecological processes that happen over an incredibly long time scale and distill them down to a human scale moment, making them easier to comprehend. She also knits, teaches yoga, and enjoys photographing ecology at varying scales while hiking.
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.
David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associates and Ground, Inc. before focusing his practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-speciﬁc landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Arts Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David is a 2016/2017 Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University where he explores the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
As much civil servant as artist, Don Wilkison’s work is informed from a scientist’s background. His research utilizes hydrology, chemistry, biology, and trend analysis to evaluate the effect of human endeavors on surface and groundwater quality. Working as m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information, he works in a variety of approaches and media, including collaborative public installations and interventions, experimental film, photography, print making, and sculpture. His civic engagements lie at the intersection of middle-class economics, progressive politics, and environmental science. His work uncovers how human actions intersect with the world and the sins of middle-class America; he seeks to drive questions to the forefront. Why do we see ourselves outside of nature? Why do we tolerate endless corporate marketing, economic disparity, injustice, and intolerance? The work lays the groundwork for conclusions through multiple lines of evidence, provides the public a template for navigating conceptual obstacles, and resists entrenched institutional and cultural indifference. His work is created with multiple entry and exit points so that universal, contemporary issues can be probed, deconstructed, and reimagined in a more positive light.
Dr. Fiona P. McDonald is the 2016-2019 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute. Fiona is the co-founder of Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC), an international curatorial collective that curates exhibitions at the intersections of arts and anthropology. ETC have curated and organized exhibitions and workshops across North America where they aim to move academic research beyond the academy through public engagement. Fiona’s research interests are: water, energy studies, indigenous material and visual culture, repatriation, oral histories, contemporary indigenous art, curatorial theory, performance theory, and museum studies.
Holly Keasey (DOB. 1987) is a sculptor graduating with a BA in Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practice from the University of Dundee and a post-masters in Critical Habitats from the Architecture Department at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. Holly continues to be based in Dundee, Scotland. She has an interest in new genre public art as termed by Suzanne Lacy, and her approach to practice has taken on a variety of roles including Chairperson and Director for the Generator Projects Committee, co-founding Roseangle Studios, lead-artist for the Clyde River Foundation, writer-in-residence for Doggerland and working as an educator at Glasgow Clyde College. More recently, Holly has produced collaborative designs with Jessie Giovane-Staniland for the Dundee Waterfront Redevelopment and the restaurant of the Dundee branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum, which consider an integrated pedagogical role for aesthetics aspects of Water Sensitive Urban Design models, developed an annual programme of exhibitions on feminism and war for H. M. Frigate Unicorn and produced a solo exhibition for the Scottish Jute Museum. She has recently been commissioned by Studio Mossutställningar to produce working on the Norra Djurgardsstaden development in Stockholm, Sweden during autumn 2017.
Detroit artist Megan Heeres makes installations and kinetic art that experiment with matters of tending, time, humor, chance and place. She begins each work by constructing controlled environments in which materials are able to act as they may and then she responds to their natural state of being. Megan also encourages audience participation because she believes wholeheartedly in art education, accessibility, and interactivity. She has witnessed that the more people engage with art in a tangible way, the more support and holistic understanding for “the Arts” they obtain.
Scott Kildall is cross-disciplinary artist who writes algorithms that transform various datasets into 3D sculptures and installations. The resulting artworks often invite public participation through direct interaction. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the San Jose Museum of Art. He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from organizations including the SETI Institute. ZERO1, Impakt Works, Autodesk, Recology San Francisco, Turbulence.org, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Kala Art Institute and The Banff Centre for the Arts. He resides in San Francisco and is currently researching water rights on this planet and beyond.
The Virginia River Healers are a civil disobedient environmental group. The Healers use science, prayer, and group tactics to monitor local waterways, gain information about industrial waste sites, and defend environmental rights.