Terra Incognita Art & Event Series showcases a range of expressions and mediums that explore the relationships between humans and the world they inhabit. Our mission is twofold: To investigate environmental issues honoring the experiences, aesthetics, and struggles embedded in these topics; and to bring people together with diverse, but interconnected, interests and identities. Affiliates and organizers also engage in regular reading/discussion groups and critiques of works in progress. As we face a new epoch of environmental complexity, we hope to foster supportive learning communities.

Artists: In addition to programming workshops and events, we host artist residencies. These weeklong visits have comprised of field trips, workshops, and various types of gatherings. Envisioned as a knowledge exchange, artists meet with experts in a variety of disciplines, engage in collaborative creations, and present works in progress for feedback. In partnership with Village Community Cohousing, we provide comfortable housing arrangements and transportation.

Students: Terra Incognita offers graduate and undergraduate level course credit for those interested in Environmental Art. These semester-long programs are tailored to meet student’s individual needs, but always involve hands-on arts programming experience via independently designed projects, an exploration of artists in the field, and readings/discussion on the role of art in the Anthropocene. Students also join for semester for placements or yearlong internships to learn about public arts programming, promotion, and proposal writing. In 2017, we were able to to offer stipends to graduate fellows for assistance developing outreach and educational programming.

Community: We maintain a listserv to announce opportunities, host dinners & potlucks (childcare provided), and partner with other individuals and organizations whose missions overlap with our own. Current projects include Respiration, conceived by Michael Bell and the Wormfarm Institute, supported by the City of Madison; Displaced Horizons, concieved by Robert Lunberg, Chris Jonas, and Dylan McLaughlin and producted by the Holz Center for Science & Technology Studies, Currents New Media, and SITE Santa Fe; Becoming-botanicals, concieved by Josh Armstrong and supported by a knowledge exchgange grant from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with University of California-Santa Cruz and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Support: We are greatful to our funders on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Center for the Humanities; The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies; The Center for Culture, History, and Environment; The UW Arts Institute; The Network at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.