Bill Gilbert: Art in the Age of STEM

Researchers gathering specimins on the shore of Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Observing and Solving Salinity One Sweep at a Time, Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah photo / Jeanette Hart-Mann

Department of Art Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Bill Gilbert is the director of the Land Arts of the American West Program, at the University of New Mexico. Gilbert completed his undergraduate work in studio art at Swarthmore College and Pitzer College. Gilbert is cofounder of the new Art & Ecology emphasis in studio art. He has exhibited his place-based, mixed media, and video works in galleries and museums across the world. He is also a curator and writer focusing on indigenous artists from U.S. pueblos, Mexico, and Ecuador. In 2009 he coauthored, with Chris Taylor, Land Arts of the American West (University of Texas Press). He received his master of fine arts from the University of Montana in 1978 and has served on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico since 1988 where he holds the Lannan Chair as director of the Land Arts of the American West program.

Gilbert will discuss his and his students’ engagements with wilderness ecologies, cultural artifacts, and living communities over the last decade. Journeying over the mesas, deserts, valleys, and mountains of the American southwest and north central Mexico, they make a case for the role of the arts in a culture fixated on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). An experiment in contemporary arts pedagogy, the land arts program endeavors to provide students from Mexico and the Southwest with an education based in the social and environmental communities of their home region.

Cosponsored by the American Studies Program, the Department of Architecture, and the Department of Landscape Architecture.