September 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts
Shawn Skabelund takes the Visual Arts Award for Virga: The Hunt for Water.

Shawn Skabelund takes the Visual Arts Award for Virga: The Hunt for Water.

The Curator of the Fires of Change exhibition, Shawn Skabelund (pictured), will talk about his approach to the exhibition, how the Fire Science Bootcamp impacted him and the artists, and what it was like working with the eleven artists. Pete Fulé, a professor in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University, will discuss the science behind the exhibition.

About the Speakers

Shawn Skabelund is an award-winning artist, curator and teacher. He was recently an Artist-in-Residence at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Recent exhibitions are Virga: The Hunt for Water, in September/October 2013, at the Coconino Center for the Arts, for which Skabelund won the Viola Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, and Overburden, at the Traylor Art Gallery, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, in 2015.

During his 14-year tenure at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Peter Fulé has examined the threats to sustainable forest ecosystems caused by the overuse of natural resources, alteration of natural fire regimes, and other human-caused forms of environmental damage. Working with his colleagues at the School of Forestry and Ecological Restoration Institute, Fule’s current research, some of which is funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on four specific areas:

  • measuring damage to forests, including changes in forest structure, plant communities, fire behavior, and habitat components
  • studying relict sites (remnants of forests that are still in their natural state) where recent human degradation is minimal, such as remote plateaus in Grand Canyon National Park and isolated sites in northern Mexico
  • testing methods of restoring natural structure, function and process to western long-needled pine forests
  • modeling of the effects of climate change on vegetation and fire behavior and effects on forests

Fires of Change

Fires of Change is an NEA-funded art exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts slated for the fall of 2015. The exhibition will explore, through the eyes of artists, the increase in severity, size and number of wildfires in the Southwest and their impact on the land and communities.

For more information, including a blog written by artists, photos, links to articles, and video about the project, visit the Fires of Change page on our website.