desert ArtLAB - established in 2009 - is an initiative dedicated to an experimental public art practice exploring connections between land, ecology, art, and community. 

Our work gives voice and identifies complex political and social dilemmas that reveal themselves in our constructed environments through projects that activate public space, promote ecological restoration, indigenous foodways, and a new understanding of living in dryland environments.

Director of Public Programing and Engagement: April Bojorquez has worked in the museum field nationally/internationally as an educator, curator, and researcher. Bojorquez. Formerly she was the curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Art Museum and is a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Museum Studies Program. Bojorquez works within the intersection of art and anthropology exploring new approaches to museum practices in an increasingly plural society. Influenced by participatory practices and social sculpture, Bojorquez employs diverse strategies to produce immersive and interactive environments exploring place, identity and museum practices.  Bojorquez is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee in Emerging Fields.

Creative Director: Matt Garcia’s artistic practice investigates systems of ecology,  their relationship to knowledge and how native ecology can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imagining of lost epistemology. Matthew Garcia is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Practice at Colorado State University located in the Pueblo, Colorado. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Sup√©rieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris France), Museum of Contemporary Native Art - MoCNA (Santa Fe,NM), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara ,The International Symposium on Electronic Art (2012,2015), Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia) and HASTAC (Lima, Peru) - www.mgarciastudio.com Garcia is a 2016 Creative Capital awardee in Emerging Fields.