Born and raised on the east coast, Hikmet Sidney Loe fell in love with the arid desert lands of Utah and the environs of Great Salt Lake. She is an artist, writer, and teacher whose work draws inspiration from the smaller patterns found in the larger environment and from the changeable nature of land, water, and sky. Her work examines the changeable nature of the earth and addresses our perceptual and cultural constructs of the land.
She is the author of The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place (2017), the first book in a new series devoted to our cultural and regional understanding of Land art from the 1960s and 1970s.
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A film by American artist Nancy Holt (1938-2014), previously thought to be lost, was recently found by Holt/Smithson Foundation staff. The short film (less than ten minutes) elucidates Holt's interests in landscape, vision, and viewer engagement.
My review of the film, published by Hyperallergic, is found here.
The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place (2017)
Book chapter on teaching art history in the Utah Humanities Venture Program
"Hope, Heart, and the Humanities tells how Venture, a free, interdisciplinary college humanities course inspired by the national Clemente Course, has helped open doors for hundreds of students who, for various reasons, faced barriers to attending college. This course has given them the knowledge, confidence, and power to rechart their lives." This book was published Fall 2016 by The University of Utah Press, edited by Jean Cheney and L. Jackson Newell with Hikmet Sidney Loe, Jeff Metcalf, and Bridget M. Newell. For book information, click here.
Presented biannually at the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, the Friend of the Lake Award "is given to a person, organization, or business performing outstanding work in education, research and/or advocacy to benefit Great Salt Lake." It was my honor to receive this award during the 2014 Great Salt Lake Issues Forum.
As a long-time observer of Great Salt Lake, and scholar of the earthworks that are part of its landscape, my interview is part of this oral history project.
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