September 5, 2015 @ 11:00 am – October 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts
Woolsey Fire by Julie Comnick

Woolsey Fire by Julie Comnick

The Fires of Change Exhibition is an NEA-funded art exhibition open Tue-Sat 11a-5p. The exhibition explores, through the eyes of artists, the increase in severity, size and number of wildfires in the Southwest and their impact on the land.

Fires of Change will be open from Sept. 5 – Oct. 31, 2015, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm.

The participating artists were invited for their unique perspectives, experience and talent. In order to show art in the exhibition, the artists had to participate in a Fire Science Bootcamp, spending a week in the forests of Northern Arizona in late 2014. A team of top-notch fire scientists provided the eleven invited artists education and training on the impact of wildfire in Northern Arizona in preparation for the September 2015 exhibition.

Read an Arizona Daily Sun article about the Fire Science Bootcamp.

The project represents a collaboration between scientists and artists that is designed to create a deeper understanding of the science that drives the decisions land managers make and to provide an aesthetic interpretation of the fire ecology and climate science in the Southwest.

The show opens with a members’ preview reception on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibition opens alongside Jewel Gallery exhibition Starlight, featuring the night sky photography of Stan Honda.

Fires of Change will be open from Sept. 4 – Oct. 31, 2015. There will be a public reception on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 6-8 p.m. Several education events, artist lectures and gallery talks will be scheduled during the exhibition; please check this space in the summer for updates.

The exhibition is curated by Flagstaff installation artist Shawn Skabelund.

The eleven Fires of Change artists are:

Learn more about Fires of Change

Most of the art in Fires of Change will not be seen until the exhibition opens, but below is a preview of some art that has been created by our artists. Click on an thumbnail for a larger image.