This month’s video window features works by four Signal Fire Alumni: Miguel Arzabe, Rebecca Najdowski, Julie Perini, and Zachary Davis. Signal Fire is a Portland-based nonprofit that provides wilderness retreats and residencies for artists of all disciplines. Its projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. Signal Fire locates its projects on public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
Signal Fire was formed in 2008 by artist Ryan Pierce and activist Amy Harwood. They have since led expeditions on land and river throughout the American West. From February through April 2013, Marylhurst University ArtGym will host Wood Anniversary: Five Years of Signal Fire, highlighting the work of thirteen of the more than 80 artists that have participated in Signal Fire since its inception. 2013 will mark Signal Fire’s most ambitious year yet: an expanded calendar and geographical breadth, more artists served, and a new initiative, Wide Open Studios, that makes Signal Fire available to graduate and undergraduate art students for college credit.