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Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) at the University of New Mexico is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall program.

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 creative practitioners outside the field of studio art.

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

Please submit the following in your application:

Please email questions and applications to

Deadline for 2018 application is March 1, 2018

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

Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) is funded in part by grants from Lannan Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lannan Foundation supports the LAAW annual field program and the Lannan Endowed Chair. Grants from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund the Land Arts Mobile Research Center (LAMRC) and the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities (CEAH). In 2018, we will be offering a series of grants to students and LAAW alumni. Grants and scholarships will support UNM Indigenous undergraduate scholarships, international travel for research projects, and post-MFA research. Please see Grant Information for details.