Gunnison Bay, Great Salt Lake, Utah.

2017 Field Season

Information about the 2017 Field Season coursework can be found online at: http://arch.ttu.edu/wiki/Land_Arts_2017


Journey 1
5-7 Sep – Cebolla Canyon, New Mexico
6 Sep – Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico
8-12 Sep – Muley Point, Cedar Mesa, Utah
12-14 Sep – Spiral Jetty, Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah
14 Sep – Sun Tunnels, near Lucin, Utah
14-21 Sep – CLUI Wendover, Utah
21-23 Sep – Double Negative, Mormon Mesa, Nevada
23-26 Sep – North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
26-28 Sep – Chaco Caynon, New Mexico
29 Sep-6 Oct – Lubbock, Texas

Journey 2
7-9 Oct – Brokeoff Mountains, New Mexico
9-16 Oct – Marfa, Texas
16-20 Oct – Presidio, Texas
20-22 Oct – Cabinetlandia, Deming, New Mexico
22-26 Oct – Mimbres River, New Mexico
26-30 Oct – Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
30 Oct-1 Nov – Twin Buttes, White Sands, New Mexico
2 Nov – 6 Dec – Lubbock, Texas

Detailed itinerary at Land Arts 2017 Itinerary



Elmer Arrieta, architecture student working on an MARCH at Texas Tech
Lyza Baum, artist with BFA from Rhode Island School of Design
Caroline Carney, artist with BA in Medical Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania
Kellie Flint, artist working on MFA at University of California, Riverside
Rebekah Reyes, architecture student working on an MARCH at Texas Tech
Nicolle LaMere, artist with MFA from Texas Tech
Aida Salán Sierra, architecture student with Masters from ETSAM, Madrid, Spain

Emily Rabinowitz (Program Assistant)
Chris Taylor (Program Director)

Field Guests

Steve Badgett – artist with SIMPARCH
Curtis Bauer – poet and translator teaching at Texas Tech University
Betsy Blaney – journalist with KTTZ Public Media
Kevin Chua – art historian teaching at Texas Tech University
Matthew Coolidge – director of Center for Land Use Interpretation
Upe Flueckiger – architect teaching at Texas Tech University
Curtis Francisco – geologist from Laguna Pueblo
Zoe Leonard – artist
Barry Lopez – writer
Andrea Nasher – cultural activator
Monty Paret – art historian teaching at the University of Utah
Deborah Stratman – artist teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago
Chris Witmore – archeologist teaching at Texas Tech University


Looking down at camp and out to White Sands, Twin Buttes, New Mexico. Photo by Chris Taylor.

2017 Admissions

Opening The Cultivated Wilderness, or, What is Landscape? architecture critic Paul Shepheard reveals that “This book is about seeing things that are too big to see.” He goes on to provide three clear frames to orient our recognition: “The Wilderness of the book’s title is the world before humans appeared in it, and the Cultivation is everything we’ve done to it since. Landscape is another name for the strategies that have governed what we’ve done.” Investigating earthworks or land art is a way of mapping the intersection of geomorphology and human construction. Earthworks begin with the shape of the land and extend through the complex social and ecological processes that create landscape. Including the full array of human activity marking the planet, from petroglyphs to roads, dwellings, monuments and traces of those actions, earthworks show us who we are.

Land Arts of the American West has developed since 2001 as a transdisciplinary field program expanding the definition of land art and our relationship to landscape. Land Arts is a semester abroad in our own back yard. Connecting the pedagogy of travel with the rigors of field research.

Land Arts at Texas Tech University seeks to cultivate collective energy within an expanded disciplinary range of examinations from architecture, the built environment, public culture, science, and geography to explorations of literature and contemporary art.


Application information is available here: 2017 Admissions Information.

The following schedule will facilitate the application and selection process:

Information Meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30pm in the Architecture and Art Courtyard. This meeting is for all students interested in applying to the program. We will review the program overview and application details. Applicants outside Lubbock can schedule an individual meeting via video chat.

Application Deadline is on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 5:00pm in Room 709 of the Architecture Building.

Contact Chris Taylor with any questions. Additional information is available at Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech, in the Land Arts TEDx presentation, and the Land Arts feature in the New York Times.