Category Archives: Visual Arts

24th Featured Thinker: Anna Keleher

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Anna Keleher, from Devon, England, develops ideas, techniques, processes, skills and participatory artworks to expand 21st century perspectives. As our 24th Wilderness Thinker, Anna brings characteristic creativity, dedication to turning a topic on its head and to quote her directly, “shifting our thinking.” Her essay, “The Wilderness Inside” turns the concept of wilderness “inside out.” Read more…

21st Featured Thinker: Rachel Preston Prinz

RachelPRestonPrinzFeature3Rachel Preston Prinz established Archinia as a design co-op to develop project collaborations with architecture and design, ecology, natural building, archaeology, and landscape. Exploring boundaries between design and the natural world, planned and unplanned, managed and wild, are all approaches that Rachel has in her background that she is now integrating into her piece as a Featured Wilderness Thinker.

Rachel’s photographs represent a unique vision, one in which degenerating eyesight becomes an opportunity to look at the world differently and reconsider what we think we know; we felt this unique vision would bring something different to the Thinking Wilderness project. We were right. We could not have imagined the potential ripples Rachel’s invitation would set in motion. Her unique vision and commitment to collaboration have extended into her approach as a Wilderness Thinker in Residence. For her featured work, Rachel, has devised a project called “DesignGirl” to engage other designers to collaboratively “Think Wilderness” in a unique, year-long,  invitational project. We are excited to see where it leads! Read all about it….

20th Featured Thinkers: Third Graders, Arroyos del Norte

ArroyosFeatureKids and Wilderness go together in so many ways, which is why I’m so excited to present our Featured Thinkers this week: Gess Healey’s Third Grade Class from Arroyos del Norte Elementary School. We covered a lot of “ground” in our short time together….Read More.

13th Featured Thinkers: “Seeds: Tim Capsules of Wilderness” – part 3

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once [we] grow up.”
― Pablo Picasso

“Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” featured works by over 270 students, preschool through sixth grade, from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools (see details below). Each student’s work represents a unique expression of the “wild world” of seeds. Check out some of their works here.
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12th Featured Thinkers: “Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” – Part 2

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“Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness” explores the wild world of seeds as seen through the young eyes of students from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools. Before beginning their artworks, students discussed fundamental concepts about seeds and their pivotal role in global ecosystems, and explored seeds with multi-sensory methods and then brought this experience into their artworks about seeds. Read more….

11th Featured Thinkers: “Seeds: Time Capsules of WIlderness” – Part 1

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“Thinking Wilderness” kicked-off in spring 2014 with the interdisciplinary science and art education program and exhibition, “Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness.” The hands-on program explored the wild world of seeds as seen through young eyes and engaged over 270 students, preschool through sixth grade, from Questa Alta Vista Elementary, Rio Costilla Southwest Learning Academy, and Arroyos del Norte Elementary schools. Learn more about this program and see these young Wilderness Thinkers at work! Read More….

8th Feature: “Thinking Wilderness: The Art Show” – Part 2

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Throughout history, artists’ work has been inspired by nature and wilderness and consequently, artists have played an important role in defining our relationship with nature and wilderness. “Thinking Wilderness: The Art Show” was a study of that muse, in the fitting location of Questa, NM.

During the art show, the public was asked to cast votes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. These artists were the winners of these People’s Choice Awards. See awards and Read More….