Land Arts at Texas Tech University in the field

Land Arts solar system ready for the van install.

Land Arts at Texas Tech University has begun its 2010 field season.

Their itinerary can be found online at and at you will find program information and our course descriptions. When possible Field Reports will be posted at Check often for updates.

In addition to regular field programming a series of lectures, panels and events on the theme of Landscape as Knowledge will occur in Lubbock sponsored by the School of Art, the College of Architecture, and Land Arts of the American West. Information about Landscape as Knowledge can be found online at

Land Arts 2010 will follow on the success of last year exhibiting its work at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) Warehouses on Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock, Texas in February and early March of 2011. Check our website later in the year for details about the opening and related events.



4th September - 30th October 2010
Taigh Chearsabghagh Museum and Arts Centre, North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland HS6 5AA - admission free - open 10 am - 5 pm - Monday to Saturday

This exhibition is the first in a series about land and water which will be curated and devised by Chris Drury and Andy Mackinnon at Taigh Chearsabhagh over the next 2 years. It is hoped that the ongoing project will involve, artists, writers, film makers and musicians.

The project began in September 2009 when Drury and Andy Mackinnon (TC’s curator and filmmaker) made a two day journey by Canadian canoe across the island, from the west coast back to Lochmaddy on the east coast, threading their way through the maze of lochs and waterways.

The result is this extensive show which includes the installation of a suspended woven canoe, made from heather, willow and salmon skins, works on the wall using digital technology and place names, with maps and satellite imagery; works with peat and water; a photogravure of the land traversed by canoe; and a video of a breaking wave.

Chris Drury has said about his experience of the landscape:

‘The Uists and Benbecula are part of a flow country whose interweaving of sea, lochs and land takes on a wave pattern, as when the tide retreats from a beach. The chain of islands and sea are dominated by Eaval (Island Mountain) in the North and Hekla in the South, both Norse names transfixing a fluid landscape with history and language. For the experience of this land is multi layered: the actuality of the place - the wind, the rain, the light, the sound of the curlew, the roar of the surf, the brown squelch of the peat bogs and the scent of the burning peat from the cottage chimneys - intermingles with the history interred in the place names on the map, given both in Gaelic and Norse: Encounter Loch, Secure Sheep Island, Hillock of Many Priests, Loch of the Old Woman - and something of the pain from the clearances: Isle of Lament, Coffin Loch. So language and meaning and history are embedded in this now sparsely populated place. And using satellite imagery we can look at this pattern of land and water, observe the ever changing patterns of weather fronts which mirror the land beneath. At the same time we can look at the microcosm in the small bacteria embedded in the peat bogs and know through the science that these micro-organisms are affecting the climate and the weather in which the whole is embedded.’

Anyone who finds themselves on this beautiful island over the next two months should also visit Drury’s work Hut of The Shadows, a Cloud Chamber made in 1997, which is a twenty minute walk from the Ferry terminal.

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deviantART: CoolClimate Art Contest

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deviantART presents

The CoolClimate Art Contest

CoolClimate Contestfriends at deviantART are calling on artists to participate in the CoolClimate Contest -- the first online art contest exploring climate change and how it's impacting our lives.

Artists a
re invited to submit a work of art that explores their relationship with the climate -- from clean energy jobs to pollution-free oceans. Post entries on, and a panel of judges, including Ballroom Marfa favorite Mel Chin, will select the 20 finalists. Finalists will then move to the Huffington Post web site, and the public will vote on the winners. The top three will receive cash prizes and be featured on the Planet Green Planet 100 show.

The deadline for submissions is September 6, 2010, so send your artwork now! Learn more, and read the official contest rules at CoolClimate.


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Stringfellow to teach “Art, Environment, and Place,” SDSU Honors Fall 2010

Art, Environment, and Place (HONORS 413 Section 02) is a San Diego State University undergraduate honors course scheduled for fall of 2010. Stringfellow’s new course focuses on the work of contemporary artists who integrate various field and research strategies borrowed from the natural sciences, geography, and other  disciplines within their practice.

The course will be centered around focused readings, discussions, presentations, screenings, and field trips. Students will conceive and execute a final project proposal that may take the form of a hybrid documentary, temporary site-specific artwork or installation, digital multimedia feature, performance, text, or other work that addresses social, cultural, environmental, geographical, and/or political issues of a local or regional ecology, site, or subject. Special emphasis will be placed on projects that are collaborative, incorporate sustainable design strategies, promote environmental awareness through education, and/or directly encourage audience participation. Projects, possibly collaborative in nature, will be distilled, executed, and documented at the conclusion of the course. A background in art is not required to take this course. Students from all academic and disciplinary areas are encouraged to apply.

The course will culminate in an imersive three-day weekend field study workshop at the Salton Sea scheduled for the weekend of November 19 – 21, 2010. During this workshop students will be able to directly experience and respond to place over an embedded field research period.  Visiting artist/architect, Chris Taylor, director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, will join the student group for this weekend field experience. Students will be prepared before embarking on the field trip through readings and presentations on diverse topics related to the site including but not limited to regional water politics, agricultural/real estate economies, local ecologies, military presence, tourism, outsider art, fringe subcultures among others. A culminating art exhibit and publication will be organized to document student interdisciplinary projects resulting from this course and workshop.

Visit the course Web site and blog at: for more information.


An exhibit in Lebanon, Kansas (center of the contiguous continental United States):

Open indefinately starting August 14, 2010

The Centers of the USA, produced by the Institute of Marking and Measuring and the CLUI, is now open to visitors.

A CLUI Exhibit Unit, temporarily installed at the center of the contiguous continental United States, north of Lebanon, Kansas, contains an exhibit which depicts and describes several of the "Centers" of the United States, such as the geodetic center, in Lucas, Kansas; the geographic center, near Belle Fourche, South Dakota; and the current population center, in Edgar Springs, Missouri.


This project is part of the CLUI Lines of Site thematic program, an ongoing series of presentations about surveying, cartographic lines, perimeters, and borders. It was made possible with the support of the Salina Art Center, Creative Capital, the Hub Club of Lebanon, KS, and the Institute of Marking and Measuring (IMAM).


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Debra Bloomfield's Wilderness Series

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present a selection of photographs from Debra Bloomfield's latest project, The Wilderness Series. Over the past few years, Debra Bloomfield has focused her camera on the wilderness areas of southeast Alaska developing a series of sublime images that gently remind us of the importance of wilderness preservation in a time when our environmental impact is greater than ever. In an effort to support conservation and raise awareness, Richard Levy Gallery is donating a portion from all 2010 sales of this series to The Wilderness Society.

The Wilderness Series edition information:
13 x 19 inch (11 x 11 image) ed. of 15
20 x 24 inch (19 X 19 image) ed. of 25
38 x 39 inch (29.5 X 29.5 image) ed. of 12

Founded in 1935, The Wilderness Society a leading American conservation organization and has been involved with every major public land bill since their founding, including the National Forest Management Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Trails Act, and the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act. The Wilderness Society strives to protect our wild places, improve land and resource management, and inspire Americans to care for their lands all over the United States. More recently, The Wilderness Society has
tackled some of today's most significant issues such as climate change, global warming, the Gulf oil disaster restoration, renewable energy, and countless others. More information about the Wilderness Society can be found by following this link:

Please contact the gallery for pricing, further Wilderness Series edition details, and information on how your acquisition supports The Wilderness Society. Images are also available on our website at