September 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

jenniferTalk #1: Perspectives on Fire, Culture and Climate Change

Two of the artists featured in the Fires of Change exhibition are paired with an expert in wildfire and forest ecology to present unique insight into this project and wildfire. Patrons will learn about the Fire Science Bootcamp that the 11 artists attended in fall 2014 and how it impacted their art for this exhibition.

In this presentation, part three of the Fire Science and Art Series, artists Jennifer Gunlock (pictured) and Bonnie Peterson will give short talks. They are joined by scientists Larissa Yocom (NAU) and Chris Marks (Grand Canyon National Park) who will explore the science behind Fires of Change.

About the Artists

Based in Los Angeles, Jennifer Gunlock is a traveler who imbeds her wanderings into the artmaking process. With an attraction to crevices, old growth and decay, she photographically collects imagery such as the gnarled oaks and cemetery crypts of New Orleans, lichen-covered slate rock cliffs of Pennsylvania, and the beautifully decaying Beaux-Arts and Art Deco buildings of L.A., to later deconstruct and assign new meaning in the studio.

Bonnie Peterson is a textile artist. She has received several grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a grant from the Illinois Committee, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and other awards. She was an Artist-In-Residence at Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Isle Royale, and Crater Lake National Parks. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, the National Park Service, private collections, and she has an extensive exhibition record. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an MBA from DePaul University.

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.