May 27 - July 22, 2017
Fires of Change
Fires of Change explores the social and ecological issues behind the rise of catastrophic wildfires in the western United States through collaboration between scientists and contemporary artists. The Flagstaff Arts Council, Southwest Fire Science Consortium (SWFSC) and the Landscape Conservation Initiative at Northern Arizona University partnered with curator Shawn Skabelund to produce the exhibition. Fires of Change debuted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona in the Fall of 2015 and traveled to the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson in 2016.
In late 2014, as a precursor to the exhibition, the ten participating artists attended Fire Science Bootcamp, a week-long, educationally immersive trip through the forests of Northern Arizona. A team of nationally regarded fire scientists and forest managers offered their insight, experience and training on the impact of wildfire in Northern Arizona. The resulting works comprising this exhibition were created in response to experiences during the Fire Science Bootcamp.
Kathleen Brennan Saskia Jordá
David Chorlton Helen Padilla
Craig Goodworth Bonnie Peterson
Bryan David Griffith Katharina Roth
Jennifer Gunlock Steven Yazzie
Fires of Change was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Joint Fire Science Program.
Image: Bryan David Griffith, Box & Burn, burned Ponderosa pine, 38x37x10 inches. Photo by Tom Alexander.