Conversations Through the Smoke aims to connect the creative voices of artists and fire practitioners from the the Northern Rockies and beyond with those highly affected by recent fires. With extensive fires in Idaho and Montana in 2015 and 2017—and more to come— all of us must find ways to adapt to more large fires and smoke forecast for the future. In four locations (Seeley Lake, MT, New Meadows, ID, Salmon, ID, and Moscow, ID) this traveling show will be displayed alongside works made by artists in the local community.
We seek art from fire managers, fire fighters, volunteers, and others artists influenced by fire’s reach on public and private lands— before, during, and after wildland fires.
To further the impact, this exhibition will be showcased in conjunction with other events unique to each location. We’ll have discussions about fire science and management through panel discussions of practitioners and community stakeholders, lectures, and community art-making.
With Conversations Through the Smoke, we seek to foster conversations that will help all of us adapt to our future living with fire and smoke.
This effort sponsored by the Northern Fire Science Network (NRFSN) that serves as a go-to resource for managers and scientists involved in fire and fuels management in the Northern Rockies. The NRFSN brings people together to strengthen collaborations, synthesize science, and enhance science application around critical management issues.
About the Organizers:
Penny Morgan grew up in Wyoming, and now is a Professor in the College of Natural Resources in the Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Science Department at the University of Idaho. There, Penny’s research focuses on where, when and why and effects of fires.
Stacy Isenbarger’s artworks incite viewers through dynamic interplay between media, space, and cultural signifiers. Her work simultaneously investigates ideas and materials, transforming the familiar in new and thought provoking ways. Stacy is Associate Professor in the Art + Design Program at the University of Idaho.
Penny Morgan & Stacy Isenbarger have been collaborating on art and science of fire since 2016.