Peter von Tiesenhausen has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada as well as in Europe, the United States and Mexico.  He has had over 50 solo and group exhibitions, which have been widely reviewed and the subject of three national television documentaries, including a one-hour award-winning film, “Elemental,” produced in 2000 for Adrienne Clarkson Presents.  His multidisciplinary practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, installation, event, video and performance. Peter’s work often involves the community in which he is working and utilizes the materials to be found there.  He has created several permanent and ephemeral public artworks throughout North America and in Europe and has works in many public and private collections.

The land where Peter lives constitutes his primary and ongoing artwork and in 1995 he claimed copyright over that land.  He has been successful on several occasions defending this artwork against the incursions of multinational corporate interests.  Recently he was a driving force for the construction of a sustainable timber frame straw bale community centre in his community of Demmitt, Alberta.

Peter Von Tiesenhausen and Jessica Ernst:




Deborah Ford is a photographer and professor of Photographic Studies at Prescott College, Arizona.   Her images frame land use practices in relation to species habitat and ecological sustainability issues in order to examine the historic impetus for western colonization and resource development.










Courtney Mattison is an artist and ocean advocate working to inspire marine stewardship among policy makers and the public. Her recent MFA thesis project involved a large-scale ceramic coral reef wall installation that debuted in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and which is currently on loan at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).






The arb institute is an Alberta-based artistic collective devoted to environmental projects that double as a mix of site-specific art, performed ‘happenings’, and resulting multi-media documentation.  The arb institute’s “on the wire” was presented as part of Calgary Epcor Centre’s line-up for the 2012 Soundasaurus Festival on January 20th.


Past conferences for Under Western Skies