Our keynote presentation for the Fires of Change exhibition is from Stephen Pyne, author, professor and speaker, who is known as one of the world’s foremost experts on the history and management of fire. Pyne’s talk is titled Untamed Art: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Fire Painting. This event is part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science.
About the Speaker
Stephen Pyne is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, specializing in environmental history, the history of exploration, and the history of fire. He began his exploration of fire first as a firefighter at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where he battled wildfires for 15 years.
Pyne is the author of several books, including Fire: Nature and Culture and Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910. He is currently working on a multi-book endeavor that will survey the past 50 years of American fire history. Between Two Fires, due October 2015, will craft a grand narrative of America’s great cultural revolution on fire, and To the Last Smoke will provide color commentary through suites of essays on various themes and regional reconnaissances. He recently gave a TED Talk titled Fire: A Biography.
Pyne studied at Stanford University (1967-71) and in graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin (1972-1976). Learn more about Stephen Pyne on his website.
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.