Thursday, August 30, 2018

Upcoming Event! 14th International Grouse Symposium with keynote speaker Noppadol Paothong

We are please to announce that Noppadol Paothong, author of Sage Grouse: Icon of the West, will be presenting as the keynote speaker at the 14th International Grouse Symposium taking place in Logan, Utah, September 24-28.

As described by the conference organizers: 

Logan is located in beautiful Cache Valley in northern Utah approximately one hour drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. With the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains, Logan is a vibrant city and the home of Utah State University. The University Conference Center will provide the venue for multiple sessions on grouse anthropogenic effects, behavior, climate effects, genetics, habitat management, policy, population dynamics, or resource selection.

..Opportunities to see multiple species of grouse will be available to participants on half-day excursions during the symposium...The organizing committee is very excited to host grouse researchers, ecologists, and managers from around the world. We sincerely hope you will join us in Utah to continue the tradition of this symposium series. 

-David Dahlgren and Dwayne Elmore
Conference Co-Chairs

Friday, October 9, 2015

Upcoming Event! The Laguna Canyon Project

The Laguna Canyon Project: Artivism 
Arriving this week at the Laguna Art Museum!

From our friend, Mark Chamberlain: 

Dear Friends,

We are currently working with curator Mike McGee for an exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum titled The Canyon Project: Artivism. The opening reception will be on Saturday, October 17 from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

If you are able to come and need tickets, please reply ASAP to me, at, with a current mailing address and we will send them to you.

This exhibition offers the opportunity to show the full breadth of this enormous art project in which many of you participated ... and that actually helped shape the future of Laguna Canyon.

Thank you for your help then, and we hope you can come now.

Still hopefully & sincerely yours,

Mark Chamberlain.

The Laguna Canyon Project: Artivism
Exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum

October 18, 2015 - January 17, 2016

For thirty years, The Laguna Canyon Project examined, considered, and lobbied for the very existence of Laguna Canyon. Primarily photographic documentation, the Project functioned in turns as art and activism. It unfolded in 16 phases, the first in 1980, with the final phase culminating the project in 2010. 

The Tell, the 8th and paramount phase, was a 636-foot long photographic mural, mounted in the canyon in 1989 in celebration of the Orange County Centennial and the Sesquicentennial of the discovery of photography. Erected in the Sycamore Hills area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, it was comprised of more than 100,000 personal photographs, donated by individual contributors.

Although organized and primarily executed by artists Jerry Burchfield and Mark Chamberlain, thousands of volunteers participated. Burchfield and Chamberlain founded BC Space, the gallery and photo production studio in downtown Laguna Beach, which served as the de facto headquarters for the project.

As this public installation was located on Laguna Canyon Road—the main artery into Laguna Beach—and across this road from a proposed massive housing development, it became the focal point and catalyst for massive public demonstrations, protesting that project. The Tell ultimately served a crucial role in the preservation of Laguna Canyon.

This exhibition is curated by Mike McGee, Cal State Fullerton’s Begovich Gallery director, and director of the school’s Design/Museum Studies Program. 

The Canyon Project: Artivism will feature photography, assemblage, documents, and ephemera related to various phases of the project.

The Laguna Art Museum is at: 
307 Cliff Drive 
Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

For More information on the Laguna Canyon Project and its history, please visit: 

Make plans to visit this amazing exhibit today!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Exhibit: Mexico at the Hour of Combat at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology

Date: September 18, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Location: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Address: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Opening Reception Friday September 18, 6-8pm

Gun and camera were intimately connected during the Mexican Revolution. Worldwide attention was drawn to both sides of the conflict by imagery from non-combatant photojournalists who portrayed scenes of drama, celebration and tragedy. A collection of images by Sabino Osuna, photographed from 1910 to 1913 are currently on display at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology.  

The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 with an uprising led by Francisco I. Madero against longtime dictator Porfirio Díaz. The Revolution is generally considered to have lasted until 1920, although the country continued to have sporadic outbreaks of warfare well into the 1920s. It gave birth to the Mexican Constitution of 1917.

A nascent generation of photographers documented the struggle. Sabino Osuna was among the photographers who appeared on the scene, and was able to get close to the action. The images he produced cover primarily the early years of the Revolution, in particular the Decena Trágica, the ten days in February 1913 when the Madero government was overthrown and the old order briefly restored. As nonpartisan observers, photographers covered the events and enjoyed the liberty of moving freely among the rival troops. They carried no weapons and posed no threat to the warring factions.

The fifty-six images selected for this exhibition come from the Osuna Collection of 427 glass negatives that are held in the University of California Riverside Libraries Special Collections & Archives. The Osuna collection is both historically important as well as visually impressive and coherent, presenting one ­person’s point of view. The exhibition of the photographs is augmented with objects, historic and contemporary, related to the Mexican Revolution­.

In addition to the opening celebration, Friday September 25, the Symposium: Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: The Mexican Revolution Outside of a National Context will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Hibben Center, and on Wednesday, October 28, at 4 p.m., Ayotzinapa: From the Revolution’s Commitment to Education to the Massacre of 2014, lecture O'Neill Blacker-Hanson.

Mexico at the Hour of Combat is supported by the Consulado de México en Albuquerque, UNM Chicana/Chicano Studies, Global Education Office, Latin American & Iberian Institute, the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies and Univision.

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is located on the west side of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  Parking restrictions will not be in affect at the opening reception.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Exhibit: Mexico at the Hour of Combat at the Hinckley Institute of Politics

Date: February 1, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Location: Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah
Address: 260 Central Campus Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84112

U.S. ties with Latin America have never been more critical. The U.S. now recognizes the region as one of its fastest-growing trade partners, a key ally in developing alternative fuels, as well as its largest source of immigrants—both documented and undocumented—and illegal drugs. Furthermore, as Latin America’s global impact steadily increases, the United State’s dominant influence in the region is waning. Indeed, Latin American countries have not only grown more independent but are also forging closer ties with other global powers including China and India.

In recognition of this complex and changing landscape, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah is proud to present the 17th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, Considerations on the Status of the American Society, which will examine “The Future of U.S.-Latin American Relations.” This weeklong forum (February 23 - March 2) will consist of 15 informative events including art exhibits and a documentary screening.
The below events are free and open to the public. 

"Marching to a Unified Future: Latinos in Utah and the Nation" Armando Solórzano, University of Utah Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies 
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

"The Future of U.S.-Latin American Relations" Arturo Valenzuela, former U.S. Asst. Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere and former NSC Special Assistant to the President for Latin Affairs
Introduction by Mickey Ibarra,  President of the Ibarra Strategy Group and founder and chairman of the Latino Leaders Network.  
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

"Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution by Sabino Osuna" Presented by Jim and Lyn Hinckley
Marriott Library, 5th Floor 

The Rare Books Division at the University of Utah Marriott Library presents a hands-on display of first editions, printed between 1552 and 2001, of Latin American literature. 
Marriott Library, 4th floor

"The Future of Utah - Latin American Economic Development" Val Hale, Executive Director, GOED 
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:30 PM FORUM
"Education, Leadership, and Success: Carlos Martins, the English Teacher who Graduated more than 100 Millionaires in Brazil" Carlos Martins, Entrepreneur and Educator
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255
Lunch Provided

“Challenges and Opportunities in the Mexican Energy Market” Gustavo Almaraz, Executive Director Grupo Estrategia Política (Mexico's top lobbying firm)

"The Post Hemispheric Americans: Beyond Bridges and Borders in the 21st Century" Evan Ward, Visiting Fellow, The Wheatley Institute, BYU
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:30 PM FORUM
"Trends and Transformations: The New Latin America"
Peter Schechter, Atlantic Council, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255
Lunch Provided

Screening of celebrated film Underwater Dreams and discussion with featured immigrant entrepreneur Oscar Vazquez
Tower Theatre

10:45 AM FORUM 
"How Green Gold Will Save the Amazon" Mark Neeleman, Chairman and Founder of Bamazon Technologies
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:00 PM FORUM
“A Long 90 Miles: Reality of Cuban Détente”
Rachel DeLevie-Orey, Atlantic Council, Assistant Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255
Lunch Provided

"Indocumentado: Immigration and Youth in Crisis" 
Panel with Dr. Claudio Holzner, Sol Jimenez, Ciria Alvarez, Luis Garza, Nina Frias Valle, Felix Vivanco-Salazar (moderator)
Co-sponsored by the Bennion Center. Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255 

10:30 AM FORUM 
"Hispanic Business: What the Fastest Growing Segment of American Enterprise Means for the U.S." Javier Palomarez, President & CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255

12:30 PM FORUM 
"The Future of U.S. - Mexican Relations" Estivill Castro, Mexican Ambassador to the United States
Hinckley Caucus Room, Orson Spencer Hall, 255
Lunch Provided

Feb. 6-May 17, 2015
“Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art”
From the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Utah Museum of Fine Arts  

Feb. 11, 6:00-8:00 PM        
“Artes de Mexico”
Jane's Home, Community Nonprofit   

VideoWest Short Film, “Everything is Incredible”