Fires of Change

Fires of Change is a traveling exhibition launched by the Flagstaff Arts Council and curated by Shawn Skabelund. It features sculpture, photography, video, mixed media and installations by ten artists from Arizona and across the country:

Kathleen Brennan               Saskia Jordá
David Chorlton                    Helen Padilla
Craig Goodworth                Bonnie Peterson
Bryan David Griffith           Katharina Roth
Jennifer Gunlock                 Steven Yazzie

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. Produced in partnership with Southwest Fire Science Consortium (SWFSC) and the lanscape Conservation Initiative at Northern Arizona University, the exhibition debuted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona and travelled to the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tuscon before coming to 516 ARTS in Albuquerque this summer.

Image Gallery

  • Bryan David Griffith, Broken Equilibrium (and Reconstruction), wood, 168 x 156 x 100 in
  • Saskia Jorda, 100 Percent Contained, 37 miles of yarn, dimensions variable
  • Bonnie Peterson, On the Nature of Fire, embroidery on silk, velvet, 65 x 85 in

2017 Summer/Fall Program Guide

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.