The Untitled: Creative Fusions program premiered on May 15, 16, and 17 in a digital format with three bite-size episodes for an "at home" experience. Libby Barbee and Becky Wareing Steele, this edition's featured artists, took viewers on a journey through the theme of "Unearthing Place," inspired by Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington.
With a focus on multicultural perspectives of the American West, the featured artists joined forces with a wide range of creative collaborators to bring inspiration, reflection, and celebration to the forefront. Read on below for some highlights from "Unearthing Place":
In the first episode, creatives look inward at their personal connections to the land and the Frontier. Libby Barbee presents a playful artmaking activity using patterns from native Colorado plants, while Team Bearsheart performs a series of Lakota dances. Rural Roots shares an original song from Colorado’s eastern plains to cap off the episode.
Memory plays a prominent role in Episode 2 with Becky Wareing Steele’s "Personal Geographies" project. The small-scale sculptor pivots to the digital format with stop-motion animation narrated by an individual’s memory. Elsewhere, Kate Chawula guides us through an art practice to capture experiences of the land in a small way while Scott Brown plays some favorite folk tunes on his banjo.
The final installment of "Unearthing Place" aims to spark inspiration for a better world. Libby Barbee recounts a moving story about her uncle as an artistic inspiration. Kristina Maldonado Bad Hand discusses ledger art, and Becky Wareing Steele gives us a glimpse into "Utopia." Make sure to watch till the end for the official "Utopia National Anthem," composed by Dr. Nathan Hall.