Center for Art + Environment Blog

  • Visits to Australia

    Visiting Brisbane Part 2 of 2

    August 8, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    After stopping in Brisbane to visit the Asia Pacific Triennial, CA+E Archivist Sara Frantz and I flew to Melbourne for meetings with Guy Abrahams of Climarte, a nonprofit that uses art to address climate change, as well as to see Linda Williams and Leon von Schaik at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology schools of... View Post

  • visits to Australia

    Visiting Brisbane, Part 1 of 2

    July 18, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    After the sunless days in Tromsø this last January, it was positively antipodal to fly into Australia during February with CA+E Archivist and Librarian Sara Frantz. We were there to help open the exhibition of the Paruku Project in Alice Springs, which we’ve been working on for two years. Alice would be about 90ºF warmer... View Post

  • Visits Norway

    Saami, Part 3 of 3

    May 23, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    While in Tromsø I’ve been fortunate enough to meet two artists with Saami roots. Hans Ragnar-Mathisen was born in 1945 and trained at the National College of Art and Design and the National Art Academy , and paints with watercolors that veer from delicate somewhat abstract landscapes to his most famous works, maps that reinforce... View Post

  • Visits in Norway

    Oslo– Part 2 of 3

    May 15, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    After working in Tromsø, I’ve flown south to Oslo, which is equidistant between Tromsø and Rome. Norway truly is a long country! Oddly enough, it’s much colder here than up north, where the Gulf Stream moderates the temperatures. The Oslo fjord is frozen over and people are crossing-country skiing on it. The ex-pat British artist... View Post

  • Visits in Norway

    Tromsø– Part 1 of 3

    May 2, 2013   |   By William L. Fox

    I’m blogging from Tromsø this week, the largest city in northern Norway, and the second largest city above the Arctic Circle after Murmansk in Russia. Tromsø is mostly dark or in twilight at this time of year–during January it receives only a few minutes of direct sunlight during the entire month–and candles burn all day... View Post

  • Visits in Tasmania

    Travels in Tasmania — Part 3 of 3

    August 2, 2012   |   By William L. Fox

    Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened in 2011 to both raves and brickbats. Founded by mathematician and world-class gambler David Walsh, it at first appeared to house one man’s eccentric obsessions from old coins to works by Anselm Kiefer. Critics lambasted it as a monument to a global civilization in decline, as... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 3 of 4

    May 24, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    On our last day in Chile, David Walker, the architect Cecilia Puga, and I – along with our host, artist Josefina Guilisasti (, drove two hours north of Santiago to Bahía Azul (, a small collection of houses perched above the rocky coastline. Cecilia has designed one of the most remarkable residencies that can be... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 2 of 4

    May 17, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    Josefina Guilisasti, an internationally renowned Chilean painter, introduced David Walker, CEO Nevada Museum of Art, and Irene Abujatum, the director of Galleria AFA ( The gallery is housed in a suite of rooms on the second floor of an older building in the downtown area near the national museums. Irene is one of the country’s... View Post

  • Travels in Chile

    Travels in Chile — Part 1 of 4

    May 10, 2011   |   By William L. Fox

    David Walker, the director of the Museum, and I flew to Santiago, Chile a couple of weeks ago to work on an upcoming CA+E exhibition, The Fog Garden. The structures of the ironically titled “garden,” are being developed by architect Rodrigio Perez de Arce and his students at the Catholic University of Santiago. They are... View Post