What if the wilderness was your studio?
Wide Open Studios is Signal Fire’s arts and ecology field institute, making our innovative wilderness excursions available to college students, emerging artists, or anyone seeking an immersive, hands-on, and transformative arts education. These trips invite students to explore their studio practice in stunning wilderness locations, amidst an atmosphere of friendship and critical thinking. Our curriculum is centered on the natural and cultural histories of the sites we visit, and the possibilities of making art in— and in response to— wild places. Individual and collaborative projects invite students to see the wild as a place of wonder, empowerment, action and connection. Signal Fire welcomes applications for our 2017 program Stealing Fire , a year of backcountry retreats united by the theme of storytelling. This year’s trips will visit several regions of the West, each one culturally and geographically distinct, and each one shaped by competing narratives.

We will bring together a range of voices shared through myths, folklore, testimony, and histories forgotten and suppressed. We will also consider those stories that seem to reveal a common humanity; the tale of a trickster “stealing fire” appears in myriad versions throughout the world. Participants will be invited to share stories from their own lives and cultures and we will ask ourselves how artists, as storytellers, can contribute to a collective history of the land that acknowledges past injustice and contributes to a more equitable and resilient future. For current MFA or MA students from any creative discipline: March 25-31: Written in the Rock: Wide Open Studios MFA Spring Break Trip Northern Arizona. Meet in Phoenix or Page. Applications due February 15. Two full scholarships available. For current students and emerging artists of all disciplines: June 25- July 1: The River Unbound: Wide Open Studios Klamath Backpacking Northern California. Meet in Portland or Medford. Applications due February 15. Two full scholarships available.
For current students and emerging artists of all disciplines:
July 23- Aug 19: Coyote Was Going There: Wide Open Studios Summer Immersion Oregon, Idaho, Montana. Meet in Portland. Applications due April 1. Two partial scholarships available. Available for 3 graduate or undergraduate credits through Oregon College of Art and Craft.  Our free application is available online at signalfirearts.org . Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and creative agitators to engage with our remaining wildlands. Our projects foster self-reliance, creative energy, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for equitable access, and protection of, wild and open places. signalfirearts.org