Elmer on last morning of Journey 2, Two Buttes, New Mexico. Photo by Chris Taylor.

Writing with tragic news of the passing of Land Arts 2017 participant Elmer Guerrero Arrieta Silva. He fell yesterday while hiking on Olkhon Island in Siberia where he was studying this summer.

He went into the American West with Land Arts to look for Russia and was in Russia in search of America when we lost him. His generous curiosity, humane grace, and love of translation are deeply missed. Thinking of his family and extensive network of friends at Texas Tech and beyond now as we grapple with this news.