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RLV 34-Acre Land Purchase Will Help to Preserve Communitys Connection to Natural Environment
Rancho Linda Vista was founded with the idea of providing a place where artists could create work and raise families in close relation to nature. With this same purpose in mind, the members of RLV, Inc. have recently purchased 34 acres of desert wilderness adjoining its southwest border.
The land, which includes a prominent ridge toward which the ranch faces, is to be preserved as is. This land purchase is solely meant to ensure the protection of RLV and the larger communitys natural viewsheds and distinct rural character; it is expressly not intended for any form of individual or group profit.
While the immediate purchase has been made possible through an anonymous 10-year low-interest loan, rent increase and several donations, RLV is now seeking to raise $100,000 through the generous support of friends, family and community. To this end, we will be hosting a number of cultural events over the next four years.
- Read our letter to learn more (pdf).
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2019 Summer Artist Residency Award Selection Announced
We are deeply pleased to welcome Toni Ann Serratelli to Rancho Linda Vista, the most recent artist to be selected for our annual Summer Artist Residency Award. Toni nuanced and sensitive investigations of those liminal spaces where matter and atmosphere comingle make her a fitting artist to explore our surrounding desert landscape. She has largely pursued her art studies in Florence and Rome, where she earned an MFA through Tyler School of Art. A Fullbright recipient as well as dedicated art educator, Toni has had numerous exhibits in the NYC metropolitan region. She currently resides in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with her husband and two children.
2018 Summer Artist Residency Award Selection Announced
We are delighted to announce that 2D artist Ping Zheng has been selected as this years recipient of the RLV Artist Residency Award. Pings process of isolating and discovering the poetic resonances within her particular vision, along with her accomplishments as an emerging artist, were factors in her selection for this years award. Ping received her BFA from the Slade School of Art and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited her work in New York and London. We look forward to her joining us in August.
RLV 50th Anniversary Celebration
Fifty whole years! Its hard to believe that what started as an experiment by a group of (mostly) University of Arizona artists—back in 1968—has kept evolving and thriving for half a century. This Memorial Day weekend, the RLV community met to kick up its heels and take a long look back—with exhibits, food, music, poetry and doings of all kinds. Read a write up from long-time friend John Hernandez at Copper Area News and check facebook page as we post photos and more.
Telling Lives Brings Poets to Ranch for Week-Long Intensive
Rancho Linda Vistas inaugural poetry intensive, led by the formidable William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuck, was attended by 10 writers from around the country, who bunked at the ranch, met daily round the Lodge dining table for deeply-plumbed discussions, enjoyed suppers hosted by ranch residents, and ate at other times thanks to Maggie Rush Millers generous efforts... (more)
Read the latest blog posts from Andrew Rush—master printmaker/draughtsman and The Drawing Studio founder—as he probes the media of art, human understanding and life. (more)
Ann Woodin Rush, 1927–2017
The redoubtable writer, intrepid traveler, social activist and community volunteer Ann Woodin recently passed away in her sleep at the age of 90 here at Rancho Linda Vista. Anns books are not only still treasured, she was to have a lasting impact through her mediation work with youth and volunteerism at The Drawing Studio. Beloved wife of artist Andrew Rush, inspiration to four sons, four stepchildren and several grandchildren, her death is mourned by many in our community and beyond. Read about Anns fascinating life.
James Daivs, 1931–2016
We are deeply saddened by the loss of the extraordinary painter and longtime RLV member James G. Davis, who passed away at home here on September 28th. An internationally exhibiting artist, his work and teaching were to profoundly influence those with the great fortune to have encountered and known him. He will be greatly missed. Please join us in offering condolences to his wife Mary Anne and son, Turner Davis. Read more about Jims extraodinary life and work.
Past Artist Residency Awards
2017: The mixed-media installation artist Myung Gyun You was selected as the 2017 recipient of the RLV Artist Residency Award. Whether focusing on giant site-specific installations to small wall pieces, Gyuns work integrates ideas connected to culture, identity and nature using organic and manmade materials... (more)
2016: Samantha Mitchell is a Philadelphia artist and writer who works with drawing and printmaking processes. In her art, she creates shimmering line-based surfaces and complex orbital entanglements. Samantha received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her work has been shown in NY, DC, Berlin and Tel Aviv.
2016: Sharon Lee Hart is an award-winning photographer based in Pensacola, Florida, whose work explores the mysterious intersection between living beings and the environment. Schooled at Maine College of Art (BFA) and UNC-Chapel Hill (MFA), she currently leads the photography program at Florida Atlantic University.
2015: Born in Taiwan, raised in Thailand, and a current resident of the United States, Eleen Lin is a figurative painter who mines her rich tri-national heritage for inspiration, reinvestigating classic myths through a contemporary lens. Eleen studied at Slade School of Art and at Yale, where she received an MFA. She has had numerous exhibits of her work in New York, London and Taiwan.
2014: The inaugural Summer Artist Resident Tempest NeuCollins is a painter, photographer and printmaker who brings a sensitivity to the play of natural forms, structures and light to her mixed-media investigations. Tempest holds an MFA in studio art from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has exhibited her work in Brooklyn and San Francisco.