Foraging Notes - 2017
Clark Colby’s experiences on his family’s suburban farm in Urbandale Iowa grew his roots and shaped his perspectives. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Studies and Masters of Science degree from Iowa State University exploring sustainability and place making. He is now a lecturer in the College of Design Integrated Studio Arts program and the Arts Communication and Design Program Specialist for the ISU Extension Outreach 4-H Program. He is also a teaching faculty in ceramics and photography at the Des Moines Art Center. His most recent exploration have been teaching cyanotype photography workshops to youth across Iowa, utilizing the foraging of local plant species to create large and small works of art.
Kathranne Knight was born in Iowa in 1967. She received an MFA from The Yale University School of Art and a BA from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been artist in residence at Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation and the Connemara Conservancy Foundation, Dallas, Texas. Foraging for edible plants is a new endeavor, though maintaining a routine, practicing close observation and producing documentation are not. After discovering how to identify and prepare a few wild edibles, she will never take a simple walk in the woods again.
Kevin Lair moved with his family from suburbia to a small farm in Iowa in 1974. Previously, they owned 80 acres of timber where they experienced rural life on the weekends. After graduating from Harvard with a Masters in Architecture in 1995, he founded the Westbrook Artists’ Site on their farm as a place for collaborative and interdisciplinary exploration. This past year he co-founded the George Leslie Stout Fellowships for Art in the Public Sphere. The Stout Fellowships is an organization dedicated to creative place-making in the rural Midwest.
Elizabeth Walden is Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Studies at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and Co-director of the Westbrook Artists’ Site in Winterset, Iowa. Her recent work in Environmental Philosophy considers the role of Aesthetics in the paradigm shift necessitated by the social and environmental conditions of the post-industrial rural landscape.
Adam Wilke grew up on the border of the prairie and big woods in McLeod County, Minnesota and has long enjoyed gathering Nature's resources from the rivers, lakes, and timber. He has experience teaching courses and workshops on wild edibles, agroforestry, and mushroom cultivation. Adam recently completed a PhD in rural sociology and sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University.
Leah Ellen Kuceara
Scott Lemon (Elsewhere)