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Sagehen Creek Field Station: Artists in Residence Program


Summary Note

Sagehen Creek Field Station, a research and teaching facility of University of California, Berkeley, began an artist-in-residence program in collaboration with the Center for Art + Environment in 2015. Materials include video, digital images, documents, and press materials.

Biographical Note

Sagehen Creek Field Station & the Sagehen Experimental Forest are research and teaching facilities of the University of California at Berkeley's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Berkeley Natural History Museums & the U.C. Natural Reserve System. The Field Station was established in 1951 with the signing of a long-term special use permit with the USDA Forest Service; today, this relationship includes the Tahoe National Forest which manages the land, & the Pacific Southwest Research Station, which created the Sagehen Experimental Forest on Nov. 28, 2005. The site, first founded by researcher and conservationist Starker Leopold, has been designated as the West Coast Aldo Leopold Center. Sagehen has been home to the longest running (since the 1950’s) continuous scientific data gathering on watershed conditions in the United States. Sagehen serves as the hub of a much broader network of regional research areas known as the Central Sierra Field Research Stations. CSFRS is comprised of:

• Sagehen Creek Field Station,
• Central Sierra Snow Lab,
• Onion Creek Experimental Watershed,
• Chickering American Reserve,
• North Fork Association Lands.

Scope and Content

Sagehen began an artist-in-residence program in collaboration with the Center for Art + Environment following successful implementation of experimental study plots designed by the artists Helen and Newton Harrison, part of their Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation project started in 2012 (see related archives).

The archive contains materials relating to various projects conducted by artists on-site at Sagehen Field Creek Station each year. The initial project was the Invisible Barn project by Seung Teak Lee, aka Tech, and fellow architect Mi Jung Lim in 2015.


This archive is comprised of three series. The first series contains program materials produced during the creation and maintenance of the AIR program. The second series contains the ephemera produced and collected by artists or artist teams in the production of the artworks from the AIR program.
  • Series 1: Program Materials
  • Series 2: Projects
  • Series 3: Outcomes

Inclusive Dates


Bulk Dates


Quantity / Extent

1.5 cubic feet


English, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic

Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1041: Center for Land Use Interpretation: Wendover Residencies
  • CAE1114: THE LAND: an art site
  • CAE1411: Helen and Newton Harrison: Sierra Nevada: An Adaptation
  • CAE1710: SETI AIR Program

Related Publications

516 Arts. Knew Normal and Off the Charts. Albuquerque, N.M.: 516 Arts, 2009.

Australian National University. Mallee [mæli:] Aesthetic Responses to a Semi-Arid Place. Canberra ACT, Australia: Australian National University, 2011.

Baldwin, Christopher. Glens Falls: A Story Showcasing the Artistic and Historical Resources of a Small Town in Upstate New York. Glens Falls, NY: Good Port Publishing, 2019.

Baldwin, Christopher. Spacetrawler: Book 1: The Human Seat. Good Port Publishing, 2010.

Baldwin, Christopher. Spacetrawler: Book 2: Brograhm’s Teeth. Good Port Publishing, 2012.

Henson, Paula. Who Needs a Forest Fire? Los Angeles, CA: Terra Bella Books, 2021.

Reifke, Nate. Untitled. Pollack Pines, CA: Self-published, 2016.

Wood, Cedra. Lights all Askew in the Heavens: Paintings by Cedra Wood. Albuquerque, NM: Cedra Wood, 2010.

Container Listing by Series:

CAE1608/1 Series 1: Program Materials, 1951-2019

Series 1 contains materials about the field station itself as well as materials regarding the protocol for visiting artists.
  • CAE Box 134

    • 1-1 Sagehen General Information and Press, 2011-2019
    • 1-2 Sagehen Select Progress Reports, 1952-2015
    • 1-3 Sagehen Master Plan, 2008
    • 1-4 Sagehen Residency Information, 2001-2012
    • 1-5 Sagehen Art Program Blogs and Presentations, 2011-2016

CAE1608/2 Series 2: Projects, 2014-2022

Series 2 contains materials representing projects created at Sagehen Creek Field Station by artists in residence.
  • CAE Box 134

    • 2-1 2011, Helen Mayer & Newton Harrison, 2018
    • 2-2 2014, stpmj Architects, 2014-2018
    • 2-3 2015, The Ecosexuals, 2014-2022
    • 2-4 2016, Sonja Hinrichsen, 2016-2018
    • 2-5 2016, Nate Reifke, 2016-2018
    • 2-6 2016, Mary Grace Tate, 2016-2018
    • 2-7 2017, Barbara Foster, 2017
    • 2-8 2017-2018, Christopher Baldwin and Cedra Wood, 2017-2020
    • 2-9 2017-2018, Cedra Wood, 2016-2018
    • 2-10 2017, Todd Gilens, 2017
    • 2-11 2018, Heather & Michael Llewellyn, 2018
    • 2-12 2018, Stuart Ian Frost & Gunhild Lien, 2018
    • 2-13 2018, Alex Heilner, 2018
    • 2-14 2019, Julie Weitz, 2019-2022

Additional Materials

  • CAE Box 56 Objects

    • 2-3#31a-e Fifty Shades of Grey, Greedy Girl, G-spot Rabbit Vibrator, Vibrator, 2020
  • CAE Box 110 Large Objects

    • 2-2#75 Invisible Barn Material Sample, 2014
  • CAE Box 136 Large Objects

    • 2-7#12 Shoes, Men’s Size 12 with Attached White Fir Wood Blocks, 2017
    • 2-9#4 Pine Cone Cloak Sample, Art Object, 2018
    • 2-12#4 Cookie Sample, Lodgepole Pine Tree Trunk Slice, 2018
  • CAE Box 172 Large Objects

    • 2-5#29 Carved Geode, 2016
  • CAE Flat File F2 Oversized Items

    • 2-2#81a-l Invisible Barn, Architectural Drawings, 2014
  • CAE Flat File F3 Oversized Items

    • 2-7#5a Walking Sagehen with White Fir, ed. State, Relief print, July 2017
    • 2-7#6a Tagged: Unit Boundary, ed. 8/8, Relief print, May 31, 2017
    • 2-7#7a Gentle Jeffery Pining (from the floating forest), #1 A/P, Relief print, September 2017
    • 2-7#8a Burn Veil, ed. 5/5, Relief print, May 31, 2017
  • CAE Flat File F20 Oversized Items

    • 2-7#11a Rampike, A/P, Relief print, April 28, 2017
  • CAE S-Box 9

    • 2-8#2a-i Sagehen Creek Field Station, Comic, November 2017
  • CAE S-Box 23

    • 2-3#29 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth, Poster, not dated
    • 2-3#32 Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure, Poster, not dated
  • CAE S-Box 27

    • 2-7#9a Night Creek, ed. 5/5, Relief print, July 8, 2017
    • 2-7#10a Heart Rot, ed. 5/5, Relief print, July 8, 2017
    • 2-8#3 The Social Behavior of Two Species of Juvenile Salmonids. Murray Arthur Newman, B.S., Pub: 1951
    • 2-8#4 A Revision of the Genus Anomiopsyllus Baker 1904 (Siphonaptera: Hystrichopsyllidae) with Studies on the Biology of Anomiopsyllus Falsicalifornicus, Allen Marion Barnes, A.B., Pub: 1963
    • 2-8#5 Movements and Food Habitats of Coyotes in the Sagehen Creek Basin and Vicinity, Vernon M. Hawthorn, 1970
    • 2-8#6 Behavior and Ecology of the American Kestrel (Falco Sparverius), Thomas Gerrit Balgooyen, 1972
    • 2-8#7 Glenn Arden Flittner in... The Composition and Distribution of Fish Populations in Sagehen Creek, Nevada-Sierra Counties, California!
    • 2-8#8 The Ecology and Behavior of the Lewis Woodpecker, Carl Elliot Bock, A.B., Pub: 1968
    • 2-8#9 The Physiological Benefits of Leaf Flutter in Poplars, 1992. John Stephen Roden
    • 2-8#10 Willow and Aspen in the Ecology of Beaver on Sagehen Creek, California, Joseph G. Hall A.B., M.A., Pub: 1956

CAE1608/3 Series 3: Outcomes, 2019-2020

Series 3 contains materials related to outcomes such as exhibitions or presentations.
  • CAE Box 134

    • 3-1 National Academcy of the Sciences Exhibition, 2019-2020