ISEA2012 Taos

Taos Event Program and Partner Directory

ISEA2012 regional collaboration takes place September - December, 2012. As part of these collaboration efforts, a Taos outreach day is scheduled for September 27, 2012. Below is a list of ISEA2012 Taos-area partners, complete with related "Taos Day" event descriptions, links to their websites, and information on how you can participate.

All events take place Thursday, September 27 unless otherwise noted.


ISEA2012"Taos Day” Information Center

Description: The Info Center provides festival attendees, participants and locals with information and maps for ISEA2012 “Taos Day” events.
Location: UNM-Taos Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557


From Santa Fe to Taos:
Rail Runner and Taos shuttle. Please see the main ISEA2012 registration page and details for Taos Day. Limited to 28 people.

In Taos:
Chile Line bus information
Enterprise Rental Car
Online visitor information
This special webpage has been created by the Taos Tourism Department to welcome ISEA2012 attendees to Taos. It offers information on events in Taos during September and special offers from businesses and hotels for ISEA2012 participants.  

Touchstone Inn
15% lodging discount to ISEA2012 visitors with a minimum 2-night stay.
110 Mabel Dodge Lane, Taos


Amigos Bravos
Residency/Special Project Beautiful Midden and event, "Gravel-Grass: An Art and Ecology Experience." 
Description: On September 27, 2012 conference participants are invited to join the Taos community in a day of fun outdoor activities in a beautiful wild setting at the rim of the 400-ft deep Rio Pueblo de Taos gorge. Participants will enjoy impromptu performances as well as have an opportunity to join in creating environmental restorative art. Volunteers are welcomed to participate in restoration activities throughout August and September.
Location: Rio de Pueblo Taos Gorge
Time: August and September -- Times to be determined. Organization hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: For more information contact

Earthship Biotecture
Event: Earthship Biotecture tours
Description: Guided tours through the Phoenix Earthship. Designed by Michael Reynolds, this luxurious and functional house is in harmony with its environment. Visit a home that not only feeds an entire family but houses a tilapia pond, chickens, and parakeets.
Location: Earthship Biotecture Visitor Center, 1.5 miles past the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on Highway 64 West.
Time: Tours start every hour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, are first-come, first-served and are limited to 20 people each. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign up.
Admission: FREE for registered ISEA2012 attendees. All others $5.

The Harwood Museum of Art
Event: Lecture
Description: Join Arts Writer Ann Landi and Art Historian Dr. Richard Tobin for an afternoon Lecture celebrating the Harwood Museum's upcoming exhibition Machine Wilderness (In Zero Gravity), as part of ISEA 2012 TAOS DAY, which explores artists’ use of technology in the desolate place that is space. Incorporating a variety of cultural expressions, the exhibition focuses on local, national and international artists inspired by the likely colonization of space. 
Location: 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM, 87571
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00pm
Admission: $8 general admission or $6 for students and senior citizens (65+)

KTAOS Solar Center
Event: Concert and ISEA2012 “Taos Day” Closing Reception
Description: KTAOS Solar Center presents a concert from Desert-Psych-Disco-Punk band North America as part of the ISEA2012 "Taos Day" public programming and closing events.
Location: 9 State Road 150, Taos, NM 87571
Time: Bar opens at 4pm, band starts at 8:30pm
Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Purchase online at (limited number of advance tickets available!)  

Larry Bell, Inc.
Event: Tour and demonstration
Description: LARRY BELL STUDIO offers a tour, informal studio exhibition, video presentation, and demonstration of the processes he uses that incorporates technology and aesthetics. Bell will demonstrate the plating process called "Thin Film Deposition" in his walk-in size thermal vacuum chamber, and how this coating process supports his medium: Light on Surface.
Location: 233 Ranchitos Rd, Taos, NM 87571
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Admission: FREE ADMISSION but reservations are required, limited to 15 people.
Contact: RSVP to Lois Rodin at 575-758-3062 or

LEAP and NeoRio 2012
Event: NeoRio: Confluence of Art and Environments
Description: An annual outdoor, public symposium, celebration and rendezvous of artists, scholars and youth celebrating natural world themes. NeoRio 2012 features Peoples PCR, an experimental project by visiting artists, Paul Vanouse and Joan Linder, plus new installations and videos by contributing artists and local youth inspired by this year’s theme, “Powers of Sun, Wind and Water." Experience the solar-electrified Weasel Bus, a kite extravaganza, kinetic wind and water installations, solar-powered video projections, plus music and evening celebrations on the rim of the gorge. NeoRio is organized by LEAP and Wild Earth Studio, hosted by the BLM Taos Field Office, Wild Rivers Recreation Area and OCHO in Questa.
Location: Wild Rivers Recreation Area, Cerro, New Mexico
Time: September 27 – 29, 2012, 12 noon - 9 pm.
Admission: Events are FREE. Camping is encouraged, $7 per night
Contact: RSVP (Limited to 100 people)

Lee Lee and Master Gardener Peter Leonard
Event: Permaculture: Sustainable Technologies in Agriculture
Description: Master Gardner Peter Leonard demonstrates a return to responsible, localized technologies through the development of a permaculture garden & aquaponics system with his grandson, Thatcher Gray. Lee Lee is creating educational paintings which stem from this high desert style of permaculture built by Peter and Thatche, her father and son, respectively. The paintings are paired with haiku written by Peter; together they explore the importance of sustainable agriculture which works in harmony with nature. The project has grown from concerns about the impacts industrial agriculture has had on our health and the environment.
Location: 519 La Lomita Road, Taos, NM 87571
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (tours will be given every hour on the hour)
Admission: FREE

Event: Exhibition Reception, Neo-Kites
Description: In a celebration of the powers of wind, “Neo-Kites” explores the ancient art of the tethered aircraft. The exhibition will include colorful kite creations by Questa Municipal School students created during an artists in the schools program sponsored by LEAP, Wild Earth Studio, the BLM Taos Field Office, PLIA and the Questa Schools. “Neo-Kites” is a NeoRio and ISEA2012 Taos Day event. Come fly a kite!
Location: #8 Golden Q Road/Hwy 38, Questa
Time: 12 noon - 5 pm + exhibition reception, Sept. 28, 5 - 8 pm
Admission: Free  

Spitfire Forge
Event: Exhibition
Description: Large kinetic sculptures by Christian Ristow and Christina Sporrong.
Location: UNM Taos Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557; Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM, 87571; other locations TBA
Time: September 27, 9:00am to 5:00pm; other September through October vary. Please check with the host venue.
Admission: UNM – FREE; Harwood Museum of Art– $8 general admission or $6 for students and senior citizens (65+)

Stables Gallery/Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) and SEED
Event: Seeds: Time Capsules of Wilderness
Description: An audio-visual installation exhibition presented by SEED, an arts and education project exploring and celebrating the miracle of the seed through an interdisciplinary arts/science approach. SEED is partnering with NAP (the Neighborhood Art Project) to create this special audio-visual installation exploring seeds as time capsules of wilderness. All seeds have a wild lineage. During the summer youth participants in the NAP project will explore the “wild side of seeds” through drawing and audio interviews. The resulting audio-visual installation will provide glimpses of this wild world through young eyes.
Location: TCA Arts Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte (behind Caffe Renato), Taos, NM, 87571
Time: Noon to 6:00pm
Admission: FREE

Taos Art Glass Invitational
Event: Exhibition
Description: In its fourth year, the Taos Art Glass Invitational makes Taos a prime destination that attracts artists, collectors and visitors from all around the world. This year’s event includes multiple exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and experiences that are collectively titled "Taos Celebrates Contemporary Glass: Fifty Years of Art Innovation". The lead exhibition is the Taos Art Glass Invitational, a juried exhibition featuring the best in contemporary studio glass today. It is part of this year’s 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement. A special part of the Invitational is the Walking on Glass Tour, a guided exploration of top Taos galleries featuring glass artists. The Bold Women –Translucent Expressions is a curated exhibition of remarkable women pioneers of glass in New Mexico. This celebration of glass is produced by TIGA: Taos Institute for Glass Arts with support from multiple sponsors.
Location: September 14 through October 7, 2012, normal business hours, participating galleries in the Town of Taos
Time: 10 am until 6pm (see schedule)
Admission: FREE

Taos Artist Organization (TAO)
Event: Collaboration of artists in the creation of a sculpture garden.
Description: TAO will coordinate members who want to participate individually and in collaboration to create works and present demonstrations at the Taos Art Space complex within the guidelines of the ISEA2012 theme. TAO is a 501c3 membership organization which supports the Taos artist community by creating opportunities for artists to show their works in events controlled and promoted by the artists themselves. The organization also presents the annual Taos Open Studio Tour on Labor Day weekend. TAO is a partner organization at the Taos Art Space and many of its members helped create the art space. Presented in association with Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC).
Location: Taos Art Space1021 EE Salazar Road, Taos, NM 87571
Time: Open Studio Tour Sept. 1-3 Taos Art Space Sept. 27-29; 10 - 5 and by special arrangement
Admission: FREE

Taos Art Space (TAS)
Event: Exhibition
Description: Traditional agriculture with art landscaping; the ancestors’ garden of art, light, glass and our future past. The Taos Art Space (TAS) is a community art center which supports the art community by providing studio space where artists and organizations can work, teach and interact. TAS is located within the TCEDC complex and will be working closely with the food center and community garden to create an integrated demonstration of art, food technology and traditional culture for the event. TAS will also participate in the ISEA2012 event as a site where artists and organizations will present workshops, demonstrations, performance projects and innovative works of art in a variety of mediums including recycled glass. Presented in association with the TCEDC.
Location: Taos Art Space1021 EE Salazar Road, Taos, NM 87571
Time: 10:00am – 5:00 daily, September through October; Friday through Sunday and by scheduled events.
Admission: FREE

Taos AV/UnitedSpace
Event: Soundscapes, the ISEA2012 "Taos Day" after-hours destination with field recordings & found media -- the ambient organic techno-hybridization of PsychoEve.
Location: TCEDC community building complex on the corner of Salazar & Bertha, 1021 Salazar Rd., Taos, NM. 87571
Time: 10:00pm – 2:00am
FREE. Donations are appreciated.

Taos Center for the Arts (TCA)
Event: "Garbage Warrior", film screening and presentation from Mike Reynolds.
Description: "Garbage Warrior" is the epic story of radical Earthship eco-architect Mike Reynolds and his fight to build off-the-grid, self-sufficient communities.
Location: TCA Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM, 87571
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Admission: FREE for registered ISEA2012 attendees. All others $5.

Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA)
Event: Exhibition
Description: A glass light gardenscape. The Taos Institute for Glass Arts (TIGA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of studio glass. TIGA is a partner and the founding organization of the Taos Art Space and will be active in the events surrounding the ISEA2012. TIGA presents the Taos Art Glass Invitational in September during ISEA2012 and is planning demonstrations and classes focusing on glass technology and collaborative art projects embracing the ISEA2012 theme of “Machine Wilderness.” TIGA will participate in the creation of an organic sculpture garden exploring uses for recycled glass in lighting and landscape design. Presented in association with TCEDC.
Location: Taos Art Space1021 EE Salazar Road, Taos, NM 87571
Time: September 27-29. 10 - 5 and by special arrangement
Admission: FREE

Town of Taos
Event: GPA Rock Art Tour
Description: A woman-led “treasure hunt” to locate the artistically placed rock chairs on South Boundary trail with a GPS unit. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Taos as Taos Tourism and the 2012 theme of Remarkable Women of Taos.
Location: Meet in the El Nogal parking lot (U.S. Forest Service sign) – first turn off on the right as you enter Taos Canyon on Highway 54 going towards Angel Fire. Parking is along the highway at the El Nogal Picnic area.
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Admission: FREE; limited to 10-15 people

Event: Exhibition
Description: TwoGracesPlazaGallery, a unique Art Gallery, Book & Curio shop, presents Robert Cafazzo Animal Locomotion Paintings and Sculpture, an exhibit based on animal locomotion studies of Edweard Muybridge. Cafazzo’s paintings depict animals in a contemporary “cave painting” format, inspired by petroglyphs of the Southwest.
Location: 68 St. Francis Church Plaza, Ranchos de Taos, NM, 87557
Time: September 27 – November 30, Daily 9:00am – 6:00pm
Admission: FREE

In addition to the events listed below, artists and UNM faculty will be exhibiting artworks related to the ISEA2012 theme “Machine Wilderness” throughout September and October.

Event: Lecture
Description: UNM-Taos, in partnership with SMU-in-Taos, hosts a Fall Lecture Series based on the theme, "The End of the World... As We Know It: Rebuilding a Sustainable Society" and the topic, "Sustainable Shelters and Building in Times of Emergency."
Location: Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
Time: Wednesday, September 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: FREE by RSVP is required. Limited to 125 people.
Contact: TBD
Event: Exhibitions and presentations
Description: UNM Department of Art hosts a series of exhibitions and presentations by all four ISEA2012 Taos Residency/Special Projects artists: UNM resident Evan Apodaca and his sculptural installation Ultrasound; PLAND’s Mick Lorusso; Amigos Bravos’s Beautiful Midden: Reclaiming Machine Space; and NeoRio’s XXX. Additionally, invited artist Steve Storz presents about his installation The Kanobis Amplifier Research Facility, Sabra Sowell exhibits her work in-process botanical/digital decomposition, and Damon Montclare gives a theoretical lecture titled Systems and Procedures: Art as Machine in Prehistory.
Location: UNM-Taos Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
Time: 9:00am – noon
Admission: FREE

Event: Architecture symposium and competition
UNM Department of Architecture hosts Portable / Affordable Building Mini- Symposium & Design Competition, presented by the UNM-Taos Green Technology Program. The symposium focuses on the digital representation of 21st century 3-D built form with an emphasis on non-traditional projects and techniques. In conjunction with the symposium, the UNM-Taos Green Technology Program is coordinating a design competition for a 200-square foot housing structure to be built by vocational students enrolled in the program. A fee of $35.00 will be charged to enter the design competition and selected competition entries will be displayed at the symposium.
Location: UNM-Taos Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Admission: Symposium – FREE; Competition entry - $35
Contact: for more information, email Mark Goldman at or

Wise Fool New Mexico
Event: Performance
Description: ARTheosophy, an intermedia collaboration combining the real time, projected light and modern dance of ARTheism (Topher Sipes & Samantha Beasley; Austin, TX) with the hoop dance of Brecken Rivara blurring the lines between dance, animation, theatre, synesthetic and visionary art.
Location: Penasco Theatre Collective, 15046 St Rd 75, Peñasco NM, 87553
Time: Sept 22 at 7:30 PM; Sept 23 at 2:30 pm
Admission: $10
Contact: Alessandro Ogren (575) 587-2726 or


Taos Artist Collective
Exhibition by Catherine Carter
Description: Carter is a digital media artist working in photography, motion graphics, videography, and music that centers around the natural and cultural landscapes; her current work is in digital photomontage. This exhibition digitally recreates the sense of being inside a particular landscape.
Location: Taos Artist Collective, 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, on the historic Taos Plaza.
Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm daily

Event: BookArt: Creativity, Tradition, Technology
Description: JandreauArt, the studio and gallery of painter and book artist Gail Goodwin, hosts an exhibit of bookart by the Taos Book Arts Group. This versatile group of artists explores the art of book making using both traditional methods and new technologies.
Location: 119 C Quesnel St. Taos, NM 87571(on the walking path between Kit Carson and Quesnel)
Time: September 27 – October 6; 10:00am - 5:00pm or by appointment
Admission: FREE

Touchstone Inn
Event: Exhibition and Workshop
Description: Machine Wilderness Arts exhibition. Colloidal Silver Generator Construction and Décor workshop. Supplies will be available for decorating Blue Colloidal Silver Generator, created by Brit Lowe.
Location: Abbe Lecture Hall at Touchstone, 110 Mabel Dodge Lane, Taos, NM 87571
Time: Group artist reception 4:00pm to 7:00 and run for two weeks. Organization hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm. One-day workshops - Sept 27, 28, 29, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Admission: $175 per workshop. Exhibition admission is free. 15% lodging discount to ISEA2012 visitors with a minimum 2-night stay.

Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
Event: Exhibition
Description: Featuring Robert Rickard metal works. Rickard's work is incredibly vivid and yet very natural, with colors reminiscent of the sunsets over the Rio Grande Gorge. Rickard creates memorable pieces which harness the myriad properties of metals: their rigidity, their pliability, and their essential chemical make-up. His is a scientific approach. After using a hand-held plasma cutter to carve his designs into the base metal, each sculpture is then coated with other metals; typically copper, bronze, and iron. Each of these metals reacts differently to the chemical patinas and dye oxides with which the pieces are finished, creating a rich palette of hues.
Location: Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road, Taos, NM, 87571
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Admission: FREE


Taos Country Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC)

Taos County Lodgers Association

Town of Taos: Taos Tourism and Transportation

Sube, Inc.
Sube Teaching Language thru Art, Music & Games, founded by Agnes Chavez, is providing support for the development of the ISEA2012 STEMArts curriculum and the educational programming for Intel Education Day.

PLAND (Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation)

ISEA2012 Residency Host and “Power: Gridlocked” Theme Leaders

Priscilla Short, author of Thrifty Green: Ease Up on Energy, Food, Water, Trash, Transit, Stuff -- and Everybody Wins