Research Fellows

The Peter E. Pool Research Fellowships are funded with a generous gift from Nevada Museum of Art board member Dr. Peter E. Pool in the amount of $12,000 per year. Fellowships are awarded annually upon invitation from the Center for Art + Environment (the Center) for a term of one year.

The purpose of the Peter E. Pool Research Fellowship is to encourage serious engagements with materials held in the Center for Art + Environment Archive Collections, as well as the art collections of the Nevada Museum of Art.

Prior to the commencement of the Peter E. Pool Research Fellowship in 2018, the Center appointed Research Fellows for two-year appointments. These individuals were recognized for existing or proposed projects that contributed unique and new understanding of how humans creatively interact with their natural, built, and virtual environments.

Peter E. Pool Research Fellows

Emily Eliza Scott (2020-2021)

Emily Eliza Scott is Assistant Professor of Art History and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon’s College of Design. She will be using the Center’s archives as research for a forthcoming book, Uneven Geology: Notes from the Field of Contemporary Art. Scott plans to “examine the recent surge of aesthetic practices by artists, designers, and experimental researchers that engage human-Earth interactions and their material traces, including their inscriptions within what we might call volumetric, earthly archives.” Dr. Scott’s overall research includes art and the public sphere, critical approaches to the built environment, visual cultures of nature, social and environmental justice, and the capacity of art to produce non-instrumental forms of sensing and knowing. Before entering academia, she spent nearly a decade as a National Park Service ranger in Utah and Alaska.

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Jonathon Keats (2019-2020)

Jonathon Keats is an American conceptual artist and experimental philosopher who has, over the years, sold real estate in the extra dimensions of space-time; attempted to grow God in a laboratory; and, copyrighted his own mind. His experiments put into practice his conviction that the world needs more “curious amateurs.” Keats is also an art and book critic, and the author of several books. His fellowship was to continue his work on time-based public installations, in particular the 5,000-year calendrical device at the Nevada Museum of Art that will measure time through the growth of Bristlecone Pines located at 11,000 feet in Eastern Nevada at the edge of the Great Basin National Park.

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Melissa Melero-Moose (2018-2019)

Melissa Melero-Moose is a mixed media visual artist and a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. She exhibits her art regionally and nationally and has won numerous accolades for her work from the Nevada Arts Council, SWAIA Indian Market, and Native artist fellowships from the Nevada Museum of Art, School for Advanced Research, the Southwest Association of Indian Arts and the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM. Founder of the Great Basin Native Artists organization, she was awarded the inaugural Peter E. Pool Research Fellowship to build upon her previous work to organize the Great Basin Native Artists Archive and Directory, which is now a public resource housed at the Center for Art + Environment.

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Past Research Fellows

2017 – 2019

Nina Elder, Erin Elder, Don Gill 

2016 – 2018

Catherine Chalmers, Charles Lindsay, Erika Osborne

2015 – 2017

Trevor Paglen, Victoria McReynolds

2014 – 2016

Donald Fortescue, Susannah Sayler & Ed Morris, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson

2013 – 2015

Charles Hood, Kelly Loudenberg

2012 – 2014

Cedra Wood, Jared Stanley, Ken Goldberg, David Stephenson & Martin Walch

2011 – 2013

Terry and Elizabeth Farnsworth, Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley

2010 – 2012

David Abel, John Carty, Lea Rekow