Opening The Cultivated Wilderness, or, What is Landscape? architecture critic Paul Shepheard reveals that “This book is about seeing things that are too big to see.” He goes on to provide three clear frames to orient our recognition: “The Wilderness of the book’s title is the world before humans appeared in it, and the Cultivation is everything we’ve done to it since. Landscape is another name for the strategies that have governed what we’ve done.” Investigating earthworks or land art is a way of mapping the intersection of geomorphology and human construction. Earthworks begin with the shape of the land and extend through the complex social and ecological processes that create landscape. Including the full array of human activity marking the planet, from petroglyphs to roads, dwellings, monuments and traces of those actions, earthworks show us who we are.

Since 2001 Land Arts of the American West has been developing as an interdisciplinary field program expanding the definition of land art and our relationship to landscape. Land Arts is a semester abroad in our own back yard. Connecting the pedagogic potential of travel with the rigors of field research.

Land Arts at Texas Tech University seeks to cultivate collective energy within an expanded interdisciplinary range of examinations from architecture, the built environment, public culture, literature, science, and geography to explorations of contemporary art practices. Note that in 2010, thanks to the generosity of the James Family Foundation, there will be support for at least one participant to attend from outside Texas Tech University.

The College of Architecture is recruiting students from across Texas Tech University and beyond for Land Arts 2010.

Information Meeting: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 5:00pm, Architecture and Art Courtyard

This meeting is for all students interested in applying to the program. We will review the program overview and application details.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 5:00pm, Architecture Bldg. Rm: 709

Notification of Acceptance: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Visit to download the application materials.

For additional information about Land Arts of the American West visit and The exhibition of work by Land Arts 2009 is on view in Lubbock at the new LHUCA Warehouses until March 7, 2010. Additional information about the exhibition, including documentation, can be found at

For questions and additional information please contact Chris Taylor at

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