Regional & Community Planning
102A Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5371
I believe in art as a mode of knowledge for landscape architects. This mode combines humanities as a body of knowledge and design as a conceptual art practice. Contemporary art contains many parallels to landscape architecture, including themes of haptic experience, resistance to urban decay, and tension between scientific and tacit knowledge.
I received a Bachelor of General Studies (emphasis in fine arts) from Wichita State University, studied ecology and art theory through Antioch College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University. I’ve worked for wages in many creative roles including commercial photo printer, landscape laborer, and seamstress. Each of these roles taught me craft; the same attention to nuance applies within the profession of landscape architecture.
I do not imagine projects by genre. I look for unexpected moments of grace within a site context and seek to reveal these moments through contrast and minimalist regionalism. Before returning to K-State, I worked with an interdisciplinary design firm on streetscapes, large scale parks, and community visioning. More recently, I have planned and designed manufacturing and military landscapes, schoolyards, and stormwater meadows.
My teaching centers on service-learning. I’ve supervised more than 30 student projects serving partners in urban and rural communities. Whether working with communities of school children or older adults, I value an inclusive process that brings marginalized voices into the design discourse.
Currently, I am collaborating with Kansas State University's Beach Museum of Art to construct and interpret a half-acre meadow landscape. The meadow will bridge art and science research occurring at the university, offering a place for informal learning and contemplation to diverse public visitors to the museum ( https://blogs.k-state.edu/meadow/).
Recent presentations and publications include:
Site as Experiential Playground: Artistic Research for a Learning Landscape
(co-authored with Rebecca Melvin) The International Journal of Pedagogy & Curriculum
Aesthetics of Landscape Representation: Realism, Abstraction and Kitsch
(co-authored with Howard Hahn)
Read this Journal of Landscape Architecture article on-line: DOI:10.1080/18626033.2012.746091
Return to the Self: the Nature of the Human Body in Landscape Architecture and Contemporary Art Presentation at CELA 2011, Urban Nature, Los Angeles California.
Landscape and Contemporary Art: Overlap, Relevance, and Disregard
A Grassroots Effort to Renew the Schoolyard: the Learning Garden
(co-authored with Jon Hunt and Linda Teener)