The groundbreaking exhibition Fires of Change, which originated and opened at the Coconino Center for the Arts in 2015, continues to travel the southwest. The exhibition opened this past weekend at 516 Arts, a non-profit art gallery in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seven of the ten participating artists attended the opening. Fires of Change remains open at 516 Arts through July 22, 2017 (open Tuesdays-Saturdays).

Fires of Change opened at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff in August 2015. Thereafter, the show was on display at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, from November 2015 through April 2016.

The exhibition asks viewers to rethink what wildfire means in the West; fire, in its own unique way, is as essential to a healthy forest as is water. Participating artists spent a week in Fire Science Bootcamp before they begin creating art for the exhibition. They learned from scientists, land managers and firefighters about the realities and science of fire ecology. In this way, the exhibition was steeped in accurate science and sound principals. Fires of Change was curated by Shawn Skabelund.

The eleven artists in Fires of Change are: Bryan David Griffith (Flagstaff), Helen Padilla (Flagstaff), Bonnie Peterson (Michigan), Craig Goodworth (Oregon), Jennifer Gunlock (Los Angeles), David Chorlton (Phoenix), Saskia Jorda (Phoenix), Kathleen Brennan (Taos), Steven Yazzie (Phoenix), Katharina Roth (Sedona), and Julie Comnick (Flagstaff – Julie did not have work in the 516 show).

See the gallery of all artwork in Fires of Change >

516 Arts is located at 516 Central Ave SW in downtown Albuquerque.

Images from the opening reception (click on any image for the full size version):