Into the Wild: The Michelle Lund CalArts/Earthfire Residency

At the Earthfire animal sanctuary

At the Earthfire animal sanctuary in Idaho | Photo: Mike Bryant

Earlier this week, four CalArtians made their way into the wilderness of Tetonia, Idaho (at the western slope of Grand Teton National Park) to begin a two-week residency at the Earthfire Institute’s Wildlife Sanctuary.

Students Manuel Barenboim (Film/Video MFA 13), John Martin (Art BFA 12) and Jxel Rajchenberg (Music MFA 12)—along with School of Critical Studies faculty member Mike Bryant—received a grant for The Michelle Lund CalArts/Earthfire Residency to create projects that will further the Earthfire Institute’s mission of ecological advocacy.

While the artists are working on a collaborative art project, Bryant, a biologist and statistician, is preparing a lecture and helping the Earthfire organization connect its ideas with those of the scientific community.

This is the second year of a partnership between CalArts and Earthfire, envisioned and made possible by Michelle Lund, who serves both on the CalArts Board of Trustees and Earthfire’s board.

The 40-acre wildlife sanctuary is a home to animals that can never be released into the wild and also provides a place for people to reflect on sustainability issues for the planet.

There will be a public presentation of the CalArts contingent’s work on July 30 at Earthfire.

Keep reading 24700 as we post more photos from Earthfire as well as updates on the art being created onsite.

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