Seattle artist Buster Simpson will be a visiting professor in the School of Architecture and Planning in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts from Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26.
While here, Simpson, will conduct a studio with students in the Landscape Architecture and Land Arts of the American West programs. The students will design and install temporary installation pieces at 11 sites on the UNM main campus. The pieces will be up from Friday, Oct. 26 to Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Simpson will give a public lecture in George Pearl Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Simpson is one of the nation's foremost ecological artists. For more than 30 years, he has engaged citizens in aesthetics, politics and the environment. Humor and rich metaphors distinguish his work, with many of his deceptively simple sculptures offering solutions to real problems. Since the 1970s, has worked on major infrastructure projects, site master planning, signature sculptures, museum installations and community projects. He is known for a wide range of work including stand-alone sculpture as well as integrated and/or collaborative works. His pieces incorporate ecological, historical, social and aesthetic considerations, contextualizing them into the site-specific values of place.
Coordinators for the visit are Alf Simon, professor and associate dean, School of Architecture and Planning; and Catherine Harris, assistant professor, Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts.
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