GILA: A fundraising event with Michael Berman

Fundraising exhibition continues!

through Saturday, February 16, 5pm

516 ARTS and New Mexico Wilderness Alliance presented a joint fundraising event to celebrate the premiere of Guggenheim Fellow Michael Berman’s new book, Gila: Radical Visions, The Enduring Silence. His black and white photographs of the Gila Wilderness offer a wordless exploration into this complex and subtle landscape. Complementing the stunning photos, the book includes essays by Charles Bowden, Philip Connors, Martha S. Cooper, Dave Foreman, Alex Muñoz, Sharman Apt Russell, M. H. Salmon, Patrick Toomay and others, all inspired by the Gila Wilderness.

Over 80 of Michael’s photographs from the book were displayed at 516 ARTS February 2 – 16, 2013 as part of this fundraising project. 

Prints by Michael Berman were available to contributors at the following levels:

Donors $100 & up receive the new book, plus:

• $100 donors received an 8.5” x 11” print
• $250 donors received a 17” x 22” print
• $500 donors received a 22” x 30” print
• $750 donors received a 36" x up to 50"
• $1,200 donors received a 44" x up to 100" 

Auction piece:

The highly collectible, 44” x 54” print titled Storm was auctioned off as part of this benefit. It is the sole remaining print in the edition, created for the artist’s Guggenheim Fellowship and exhibited for the Governor’s Awards at the New Mexico Fine Arts Museum and the Governor’s Gallery.  Bidding started at $3,000. The silent auction continued through February 16 at 5pm. 

All of the photographs were on view at 516 ARTS through February 16, during which time, the fundraiser continued. 


Michael Berman’s black-and white photographs of the Gila Wilderness offer a wordless exploration into this complex and subtle landscape. For more than thirty years, he has explored the vast Gila, fascinated by the land and how people use and value it. He has wandered deep into the forest with his large-format camera, searching for the untrammeled and solitary ecosystems, allowing the Gila to reveal itself. In his new book, Gila: Radical Visions, The Enduring Silence, the untouched specialness of the Gila is captured in Berman’s photographs and explored in fifteen essays by noted writers, natural historians, and environmentalists. A former Guggenheim fellow and 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Berman’s works have been exhibited throughout the country and are in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum. He lives in the Mimbres Valley, bordering the Gila Wilderness.


516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our mission is to forge connections between art and audiences. Our vision is to be an active partner in developing the cultural landscape of Albuquerque and New Mexico. We value inquiry, diversity, collaboration and accessibility. 516 ARTS offers programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation, showcasing established and emerging local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Programs revolve around exhibitions and include artist talks, panel discussions, performances, poetry events, public art projects, murals, educational programs for schools and community groups and more.


The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NM Wild) is a non-profit 501(c)3, grassroots, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and Wilderness areas. The primary goal of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance is to ensure the protection and restoration of all remaining wild lands in New Mexico through administrative designations, federal Wilderness designation, and on-going advocacy.



 All images courtesy of Michael Berman from Gila: Radical Visions, The Enduring Silence