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.
Aurvi Sharma has been awarded the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize, the Prairie Schooner Essay Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the AWP Emerging Writer Scholarship, and a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Tin House Writer’s Workshop and Sarai. One of her essays was a notable in the 2016 Best American Essays. Her writing has also appeared in Fourth Genre and Essay Daily.
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 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.
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.
From the crossroads of writing and social practice, Franciszka Voeltz curates a collective poem to the entire planet (dearbelovedsproject.wordpress.com), 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.
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.
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.
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.