Inyo
With a landscape dominated by nature's extremes -- the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney, at the edge of Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park, home to the lowest point in North America -- Inyo County contains all the elements that made the West a tourist attraction at the turn of the 20th Century. It has been the subject of inquiry for many visual artists and photographers seeking to define and understand the West: High peaks, vast valleys and deserts, spectacular waterfalls. It is also the reason why Inyo County has been the historic homeland of a handful of Native American communities who have embraced the landscape for generations.

Allured by the sculptural outdoors, immigrants from the east and the south moved west, creating an urban population explosion in Southern California. As Los Angeles grew, water from the Owens River was diverted to its aqueduct and the valley was purchased by the DWP, changing the environmental balance of the area forever. Today, multi-disciplinary artists such as Lauren Bon (to name a few) are mining the valley in search of creative answers to this shift.
Highlights
CA 395: The High Road Home From Burning Man
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry list locations with art that Burning Man attendees can explore on their way home from the annual week-long event.
High & Dry: View From A Hole
Lone Pine, CA has a killer view. Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry muse upon its cemeteries, and the people who long to be buried in them.
Vin Leal's Social Media Mural Links the Urban to the Rural
On one wall in Lone Pine, the #socialmediamural depicts landscapes found on smart phone screen shots from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. The street art work is a project by conceptual and visual artist Vin Leal.
Perry Cardoza's Land Art Project Breaks Ground in the Owens Valley
Perry Cardoza's Land Art Project Breaks Ground in the Owens Valley
A $300 million landscape art project on Owens Lake is scheduled to open to the public this spring. Comprised of a main plaza and trails, the site was designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment.
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Four decades ago Marta Becket transformed Death Valley Junction's decaying community meeting hall into a vibrant muraled theater. Since then, many have traveled to the Amargosa Opera House to catch a glimpse of Becket's desert legacy in art, music and dance.
Mojave Project: Devils Hole Simulacra
Mojave Project: Devils Hole Simulacra
A cultural history of conservationist efforts to save the Devils Hole pupfish along with the endemic species of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Mojave Project: Divining Devils Hole
Mojave Project: Divining Devils Hole
The depth of Devils Hole, a fossil water portal into an ancient aquifer in Nye County, Nevada is still not known. The geothermal abyss is home to the endangered Devils Hole pupfish -- the rarest known pupfish in the world.
CA 395: The High Road Home From Burning Man
CA 395: The High Road Home From Burning Man
Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry list locations with art that Burning Man attendees can explore on their way home from the annual week-long event.
High & Dry: View From A Hole
High & Dry: View From A Hole
Lone Pine, CA has a killer view. Writer/ photographer duo High & Dry muse upon its cemeteries, and the people who long to be buried in them.
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Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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