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Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) at the University of New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2017 Fall program.

LAAW is an experimental learning space for field-based art and ecology, collective inquiry, emboddied learning, and professional creative practice. It is an interdisciplinary studio art program for Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate students. LAAW enages with the ecology of place across the American Southwest through Field Investigations, Research, Creative Production, and Presentation/Dissemination.

The LAAW program is a full-time committment (12 credit hours) for Fall Semester, which follows the UNM calendar and is approximately the middle of August through the middle of December. The semester is organized into 6 weeks of nonconsecutive travel across the Southwest and 10 weeks of University seminars, critiques, independent studio time, and exhibition preparation/presentation. Field time is divided between investigative sites and work sites. Investigative sites include workshops and/or in-place research conducted with visiting artists, writers, scholars, professionals, and the sites themselves. Work sites include spaces conducive to individual experimentation, as well as collaborative projects engaged with visiting artists, organizations, and communities. LAAW student groups range in size from 8-12 participants.

Graduate and Advanced Undergraduate Studio Art students are encouraged to apply, as well as students and practitioners outside the field of studio art.

Students accepted into Land Arts must enroll at the University of New Mexico as traditional or non-traditional degree seeking students. Tuition costs are based on 12 credit hour tuition rates and course fees. Current tuition rates can be found at:

Please submit the following in your application:

Please email questions and applications to

Deadline for 2017 application is March 1, 2017

For more information on past trips please visit the following web pages: SITES // PROJECTS // HIGHLIGHTS
And see: The Land Arts of the American West Student Field Blog

The Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) program is funded in part by grants from Lannan Foundation and Andre W. Mellon Foundation. Lannan Foundation supports the LAAW annual field program and the Lannan Endowed Chair. A five year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds the creation and operation of the Land Arts Mobile Research Center (LAMRC). In 2017, LAAW and LAMRC will be offering a series of grants to students. These grants will support international travel for research projects and post-MFA research. Please see Grant Information Web Page for details.