Faculty & Staff

A&E Faculty:

Subhankar Banerjee, Professor of Art & Ecology, Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair // subhankar@unm.edu

Szu-Han Ho, Associate Professor in Art & Ecology // szho@unm.edu

Catherine Page Harris, Assistant Professor in Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture // cphunm@unm.edu

Jeanette Hart-Mann, Assistant Professor and Director, Land Arts of the American West // hartmann@unm.edu

Ryan Henel, Field Coordinator, Land Arts of the American West, Research Lecturer III // rkhenel@unm.edu

 

Subhankar Banerjee
subhankar@unm.edu
Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair, Professor of Art & Ecology.

www.subhankarbanerjee.org

Subhankar Banerjee’s work is situated at the intersection of art, political ecology, environmental humanities, and activism. His photography, public writing and scholarship, and teaching—address the two most pressing global challenges of our timebiological annihilation and climate breakdown. Subhankar founded and directs the Environmental Arts & Humanities Initiative at UNM, with support from a Lannan Foundation Endowment Fund and a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Over the past two decades, he has done field work in Arctic Alaska (United States), Yukon (Canada), and Yakutia (Russia); and in the Pacific Northwest and the desert southwest; and most recently in India. He continues to work closely with environmental conservation and Indigenous human rights organizations to defend significant biological nurseries in Alaska’s Arctic, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Subhankar’s photographs have been presented in more than fifty exhibitions around the world, including most recently Long Environmentalism in the Near North at the UNM Art Museum and the expansive Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at the Princeton University Art Museum. He has given over two hundred invited public lectures, including the keynote at the National Humanities Center conference Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental HumanitiesSubhankar is author of the influential conservation book Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, editor of the critically acclaimed anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, and author of many scholarly and public articles and essays. For his conservation efforts, Subhankar received a Cultural Freedom Award and a Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation, a Greenleaf Artist Award from the United Nations Environment Programme, National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, Special Achievement Award from Sierra Club, Housberg Award from Alaska Conservation Foundation, and was named an Arctic Hero by Alaska Wilderness League. He also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the New Mexico State University, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge. Subhankar is currently co-editing with T.J. Demos and Emily Eliza Scott the forthcoming book, Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change, and is co-curating with Josie Lopez the exhibition, Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond for 516 ARTS Contemporary Museum in Albuquerque.

 

Szu-Han Ho
szho@unm.edu
Associate Professor, Art & Ecology

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Szu-Han’s work in performance, sound, and installation explores the interwoven relationship between bodies and sites of memory. Her practice considers modes of exchange through diverse forms of collaboration, such as collective organizing, structured improvisation, and composition. Recent projects include “MIGRANT SONGS,” a choral performance art piece based on stories and songs of human and nonhuman migration; “BORDER TO BAGHDAD,” an exchange between artists from the US-Mexico border and Baghdad, Iraq; and “Shelter in Place,” a sculptural installation and performance inspired by her family’s history in Taiwan. After receiving a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, she launched a six-year collaborative project in art installation, speculative proposals, performance, and agricultural experimentation on a 250-acre site in West Texas. She received an MA in Visual and Critical Studies and an MFA in Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Szu-Han lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 


Catherine Page Harris
cphunm@unm.edu
Associate Professor in Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture

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Catherine Page Harris, Interdisciplinary Associate Professor, teaches Art & Ecology and Landscape Architecture at the University of New Mexico in a split position with the College of Fine Arts and the School of Architecture and Planning. She received her BA from Harvard University, 1988, MLA from UC Berkeley, 1997, and MFA from Stanford University, 2005. Harris works in art/design, and digital/analog expressions. Her built work resides at Marble House Project, Dorset, VT, Deep Springs College, White Mountains, CA, McCovey Field, SF, CA and The Violin Shop in Albuquerque, NM, among other sites. Recent projects include sharing a drink, using video to create 3D drinking forms based on how animals drink water, from trail cameras. Trans-species Repast–sharing meals with animals throughout northern Denmark and Vermont, USA is an exploration of hierarchy, resources and landscape–and Algaeic Infrastructure–a flexible recycled cardboard modular sculpture shown with High Desert Test Site and at the Balloon Museum of Albuquerque developed with Alex Webb and Nina Dubois. Trans-species Repast was recently shown at the UNM Art Museum(2016), the Land Shape Festival (2015) in Hanstholm, DK, Marble House Project, Dorset, VT(2015) and the Wignall Museum, CA, (2014). Current research includes “sharing a drink” at SFAI. Pedagogical foci include systems, virtual reality, and video in landscape architecture, designing for climate change and introducing design skills into art practice.  Recent recipient of an NEA ArtWorks award for work with Red Water Pond Road Community.

 


Jeannette Hart-Mann
hartmann@unm.edu

Director,  Land Arts of the American West
Assistant Professor Art & Ecology

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landarts.unm.edu

Jeanette is Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico. She is an alumni of Land Arts of the American West (2000), earned a BFA, summa cum laude, and University Honors, summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico (2001), and a MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2012). She is co-founder and collective cohort of SeedBroadcast, a creative multi-platform agri-Culture project employing collaborative engagement, grassroots story making, and free-source seed action. Her artistic practice is centered in a desire to counter oppressive power structures through examining and cultivating transpecies relationships and ecologic processes as acts of resistance to germinate resiliency. Her methodologies are interdisciplinary spanning across video, sculpture, photography, installation, experimental media, print, performance, farming, writing, and activism.

 

 


Ryan Henel
rkhenel@unm.edu
Field Coordinator, Land Arts of the American West, Research Lecturer III

www.ryanhenel.com

Ryan Henel is Field Coordinator and Research Lecturer for the University of New Mexico’s Land Arts of the American West program (2012-present). He is also Lead Artist for the Harwood Art Center’s Art and Social Justice Apprenticeship, which employs high-school students to design and fabricate works of public art (2018-present). Ryan is a practicing artist who develops site-specific artworks and temporary installations that use perspective, patterns, and scale to prompt the viewer to experience a different understanding of their place in an environment. He has a BA in Fine Arts and an MFA in Art + Ecology from the University of New Mexico.


Staff


laura c carlson
lccarlson@unm.edu
Program Coordinator

www.lauraccarlson.com

laura is an Albuquerque artist-researcher informed by ecology and interspecies relationships. carlson received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Pennsylvania (PA, 2017) and their BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Creighton University (NE, 2013). carlson has attended residencies at Wassaic Project (NY), BigCi (NSW, Australia), Montello Foundation (NV), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Kimmel Harding Nelson (NE), the Union for Contemporary Art (NE), and Feminist Summer Camp (UT). carlson has participated in group and solo exhibitions as well as lectured, performed across the U.S. and internationally. carlson has received awards including Albuquerque Public Art Program grant and Penn Praxis Social Impact Award Project & Grant. carlson is the program coordinator for the Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico. They have held positions at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE) and the Institute for Contemporary Art (PA).

 

Professor Emeriti:

Bill Gilbert
 www.unm.edu/~wgilbert/

has served on the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico since 1988 where he holds the Lannan Endowed Chair as Director of the Land Arts of the American West program. Gilbert is also the co-founder of the new Art & Ecology emphasis in studio art and has recently been appointed as Associate Dean for Research of the College of Fine Arts. Gilbert has exhibited his place based, mixed media installation and video works internationally since 1981. He received a Lila Wallace Arts International Grant in 1994 to work with the Quichua people of Ecuador and has curated numerous exhibitions and written essays regarding the work of indigenous artists from the US Pueblos, Juan Mata Ortiz Mexico, and Pastaza, Ecuador. In 2009, the University of Texas Press released Land Arts of the American West, co-authored with professor Chris Taylor. Gilbert served on the steering committee for the LAND/ART New Mexico project and has authored the introduction for the culminating book to be published by Radius Books.

Basia Irland
www.basiairland.com

My artwork focuses on international water issues, especially rivers, waterborne diseases, and water scarcity. Water Library (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) describes projects I have created over three decades in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Through my art, I hope to offer a creative perspective of water while examining how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element. I work with scholars from diverse disciplines building rainwater harvesting systems; connecting communities and fostering dialogue along the entire length of rivers; filming and producing water documentaries; and creating waterborne disease projects around the world, most recently in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, and Nepal. My working process most often occurs out in the field along rivers and creeks