Habitat, Symbol & Art: May 27-29, 2011

Habitat, Symbol & ArtMay 27-29, 2011
SteamPlant Event Center
Salida, Colorado

Colorado Art Ranch’s eighth Artposium, “Dwellings: Habitat, Symbol & Art,” will construct—and deconstruct— the meaning of home. The weekend event will explore how a house is not merely a shelter, but a source of identity, a symbol of family and heritage, and, ideally, a work of art. We’ll build a three-dimensional view of dwellings from the perspectives of an architect, anthropologist, a builder, two visual artists, and two writers.

Registration: $200 (includes all presentations, reception, workshops, lunch and breakfasts). $150 for students.

Architect Danny Wicke will illustrate how Rural Studio is designing artistic and environmentally responsible “shelters for the soul” for the impoverished residents of Hale County, Alabama. He will also lead a discussion about his current project, “The $20,000 House.”

Christina Kreps, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Denver University, will give us insight into how people around the world create homes for themselves.

Leigh Davis, an artist based in Brooklyn and Washington DC, uses photography to document how people adapt generic living spaces, such as self storage units and YWCA rooms, in response to radically changing economic conditions. 

Craig Nielson, a Salida, Colorado designer and green builder, will discuss the need for portable shelter for people displaced by war and natural disasters and demonstrate the ShelterCart, a low-cost solution for humanitarian relief.

BK Loren, an award winning Colorado author, will lead two classes for writers of any level: “Dwelling in Words: Finding Your Place in Writing” and “Nomad's Land: The Internal Sense of Home.”

Sandra Dorr, a Grand Junction author of poetry, essays, and short stories, will lead a session on how to write “Ancestors, Visions & Dwellings.”

Dean Dablow, Professor Emeritus of Photography at Louisiana Tech University, will direct two photography classes: “The Space Between Us”

Sean Smith, green builder and former host of HGTV's Professional Grade, will host the Panel discussion on Sunday.


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