PyneTwo full years of planning has gone into the upcoming Fires of Change exhibition. Our team, which includes members of the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, the Landscape Conservation Initiative and the Flagstaff Arts Council, is excited to show Flagstaff what our artists have created.

Fires of Change will be part of this year’s Flagstaff Festival of Science. We are offering five different events during the Festival this year. The public reception for the exhibition is set for September 19 and includes a pre-reception Artist Talk.

PLEASE NOTE: Our keynote presentation for Fires of Change has changed. Fernanda Santos has been called to cover the Pope’s visit to America. Our new speaker is Stephen Pyne (pictured), one of the world’s leading experts on wildfire and wildfire history. The keynote is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, at 7pm. Admission is free.

And there are two Artist Talks on two different Sundays, as well as a Curator and Scientist talk on Tuesday, September 22.

That’s a lot! Check out the full schedule at the Fires of Change page on our website.

The collection of artists in Fires of Change are truly exceptional, thoughtful and talented individuals. The exhibition, which features large-scale works of art in textile, paper, installation, and sculpture, as well as poetry, is sure to be one of the more thought-provoking in recent memory at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Learn more about how our artists have approached creating art for the exhibition at the Fires of Change Blog, which includes writings from eight of our artists previewing their art.

Fires of Change opens with a Preview Reception for Arts Council members and guests on Thursday, September 3, and then is open to the public beginning Saturday, September 5, through October 31, 2015, with open hours Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am – 5pm.