Photo by Tabitha Graves, USGS - Glacier Field Station

  Huckleberry-hunting, my boy!  Would you like to study compostion with Mozart? Painting with Michelangelo? Study  huckleberry-hunting with Thoreau, it's the same thing! 

The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,  Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee


I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and grew up in the small logging village of McCall, Idaho, surrounded by the mountainous Payette Lake watershed.  My fondest childhood memories were picking huckleberries in the forest.  This childhood love of collecting continues with me to this day.  The landscapes I live in become my studio, but rarely do I use them as subject matter nor do I draw or paint in them.  Instead, I wander in and observe, spending years collecting indigenous natural materials to create "new landscapes" and new forms. 

I attended Utah State University, graduating in 1987 with a BFA in Drawing.  I also received the University’s Robins Award for Achievement of the Year, and an anonymous gift of $500 to further my education in art.  To this end, I attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and earned both an MA and an MFA (1990) in Drawing/Painting. 

Since 1993, I have maintained an active exhibition schedule, showing drawings, sculptures, and numerous large-scale, site-specific, place-based installations at venues throughout the U.S. 



Home: 928.213.8505 

Cell: 928.525.4919

Address: 310 W. Pine Ave, Flagstaff, AZ. 86001


Selected Exhibitions—One-Person Shows

  • Sept 2016        Composition for Forests, Collaborative installation & performance with Janice ChenJu  Chiang, Ashurst Recital Hall, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff 
  • Mar 2016         Standing in the Eye of God, Yuma Fine Arts Association, Yuma, AZ 
  • Jan 2015           Culpable, Martin-Springer Institute, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
  • Jan 2015           Overburden: stripping away the mountains and their people, Traylor Art Gallery,  Berea College, Berea, KY
  • Sept 2013        Virga: the Hunt for Water, five installations: Corvus, A Bed in the Sky, above Quetta,  Standing at the Fire's Edge, Collaborating with an Abert, A Toll on Earth, Coconino  Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • June 2012        The Price of Entrance, Park Headquarters, Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
  • Jan 2012           The River Floweth On, Collaborative Installation with Tiffany Carbonneau, Greiner Art  Gallery, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
  • Mar 2009         Speaking in Tongues, Joan Derryberry Art Gallery, Tennessee Technological  University, Cookeville
  • Jan 2008          Drive-by Shooting, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande.
  • Nov 2007        Wandering Headless Through Eternity, Collaborative installation with Erica Damman, Cochise College, Douglas, AZ
  • Oct 2007          Stigmata at Wounded Knee, Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD
  • Feb 2007          Burrowing Into the Earth, Central School Project, Inc., Bisbee, AZ
  • May 2006        Coaxing the Waters, Pocket Gallery, Art Museum, Northern Arizona University,  Flagstaff
  • Oct 2004          Pioneer Spirit, Conklin Gallery, Minnesota State University at Mankato
  • Oct 2004          Folding Into the Earth, Cortona Art Gallery, Franciscan University, Clinton, IA
  • Mar 2004         Drawing on Nature, Kendall School of Art and Design, Kendall Gallery, Grand Rapids,    MI
  • Nov 2003        Grinding Down the Public Domain, Adams State College, Cloyde Snook Gallery,   Alamosa, CO
  • Oct 2002          Dierenriem, three installations including: A Toll on Earth and Standing in the Eye of God, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute
  • May 2001         Infestation, Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, AK
  • Oct 2000          Conquering by Certitude, Phoenix Center for Community Arts, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 1999           Temple of the Sibyl, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Apr 1999           A Toll on Earth, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Mar 1999          Land of Exploitation, Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Oct 1998           Hypo-tenuis, Hypotenuse Gallery, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
  • Mar 1998          Land of Golgotha, four installations including: A Toll on Earth, Plumb Line, Lines  Drawn in Red, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Oct 1997           What Darkness Brings to Light, Armory Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VI
  • Sept 1997          River Wraith, Moreau Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
  • Aug 1997           Just Corn, Two-person show with Valerie Mann, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Oct 1996            Remnants: Recent Drawings and Sculptures, Matrix Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Sept 1996          Picnic at the FootstoolSpringville Art Museum, Springville, UT
  • May 1996          A Path that Joins and Divides, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Apr 1995           Healing the Circle, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
  • Feb 1995           New World BurialArmstrong Gallery, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
  • Sept 1994          A Line, Issued Out of the GroundKoehler Gallery, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
  • Apr 1993           Circle of Death, Circle of Hope, CSPS Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA

Invitational Group Shows

  • June 2015        Stem City Arts, one installation shown: Overburden, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ 
  • Jan 2014          16 + 16, two diptych drawings shown, WSG gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Sept 2013        Banned Books: Artistic Reflections, installation shown: Land of Reclamation, The 410  Project, Mankato, MN
  • Oct 2007          Reflections, two drawings shown, Brigham City Museum-Gallery, UT
  • Sept 2007        Animal Nature: Works on a Theme, one drawing shown, The 410 Project, Mankato, MN
  • Sept 2006        Dangerous Liaisons: Mining the Colorado Plateau, sculpture shown: Seasons,  Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Apr 2005          20th Anniversary Sculpture Show, installation shown: Conversing with Coyote,  Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
  • Jan 2001          The Saint Francis Art Exhibit, installation shown: Institution of the Crib, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Oct 2000         Windows in Art, one drawing shown, Brigham City Museum Gallery, Brigham City, UT
  • Nov 1999         Enclave & Precinct, Two-person show with Deanna Sperka, one installation shown,   Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
  • Apr 1998          In the Dark, one installation shown, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
  • Jan 1998           Art and the Natural World, one installation shown, Slusser Gallery, University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • June 1997         University of Michigan Art Faculty Exhibit, one installation shown, University of     Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor
  • Sept 1996         Group Consequences, two installations shown, Matrix Gallery, Ann Arbor

Juried Group Shows

  • April 2017       Breaking the Barrier, performance/installation shown: You eat horse through my carrots, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2013-14           SculptEVV 2013-14 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, outdoor sculpture shown: NAFTA's Gift, Evansville, IN
  • Feb 2011         Border Art Biennial 2010, installation shown: Land of Reclamation, Museo de Arte  Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MX
  • Nov 2010        Border Art Biennial 2010, installation shown: Arizona Miner, El Paso Museum of Art, TX
  • Feb 2010         Boomtown: Redefining the Southwest, installation shown: Conversing with Coyote, Gallery 100, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Mar 2009        Of the Earth, Installation shown: Land of Reclamation, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
  • July 2008         22nd Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, outdoor sculpture shown: Brassing Out, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • Oct 2007          Being Open: 30 Years, 30 Artists, 30 Careers, installation shown: Conversing with Coyote, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
  • May 2005        Art Exhibition for the 2004 Artists Grant Winners, one installation shown, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Oct 2000          Draw the Line V  Exhibition, two drawings shown, Phoenix Center for Community Arts,  Phoenix, AZ
  • June 2000        Autobiography Exhibition, one drawing shown, Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI
  • Sept 1997        Installments IV, Exhibition at Rochester Municipal Park, one outdoor sculpture shown, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
  • Aug 1996         Toward the Millennium:  Art, Technology, and the Transformation of                   Community Art Exhibition, one installation shown: A New World Burial, Michigan State University and East Lansing
  • Mar 1996         Artists Listen to the Earth Exhibition, one drawing shown, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, VA
  • Jan 1996          Flora '96 Exhibition, one installation shown, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Chicago, IL
  • Sept 1994        Installments I, Exhibition at Rochester Municipal Park, one outdoor sculpture shown, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI


  • 1990                 MFA in Drawing/Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 1989                 MA in Drawing/Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • 1987                 BFA in Drawing, Utah State University, Logan

Awards and Honors

  • 2017                 Viola Award, Excellence in the Performing Arts, Composition for Forests, also a Finalist for Excellence in the Visual Arts for Composition for Forests, Flagstaff Arts Council, Flagstaff,  AZ
  • 2016                 Artist Research and Development Grant, for Composition for Forests, Arizona  Commission on the Arts, $5000
  • 2015                 Puffin Foundation LTD, for Composition for Forests, $1000
  • 2014                 Viola Award, Excellence in the Visual Arts, Virga: the Hunt for Water, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff,  AZ
  • 2013                 3rd Place for NAFTA's Gift, SculptEVV 2013-14 Outdoor Sculpture Competition  &  Exhibition, Evansville, IN, $1000, (Juror, Lisa Freiman, Curator/Chair of the  Contemporary Art Department, Indianapolis Museum of Art)
  • 2011                 Money for Topics in Art: Ecological/Cultural Genocide in Arizona, sponsored  by the Martin-Springer Institute, $2000, and the Dean's Office of the College  of Arts & Letters, $5000, Northern Arizona University
  • 2008                 Martin & Doris Rosen Patron's Award for Brassing Out, 22nd Rosen Outdoor  Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, $5000, (Juror, Sarah Clark-Langager,  Director of Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham,  WA
  • 2007                 Collaborator/Faculty Advisor for Erica Damman's Hooper Undergraduate Research Grant, Northern Arizona University, $3800
  • 2006                  Teaching Grant for Topics in Art:  Site-Specific Installation Art: Water in the  Southwest, College of Arts and Letters, Northern Arizona University, $6000
  • 2006                  Best of Show, “No War!” 8th Annual CSP Earth Day Exhibition, Bisbee, AZ
  • 2004                  Artist Grant, Contemporary Forum/Phoenix Art Museum, $1500
  • 2003                  Artist Projects Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, $5000
  • 2000                  Best of Show, Draw the Line V, Phoenix Center for Community Arts, Phoenix,      
  • 1999                  William & Dorothy Yeck Award for Temple of the Sybil, Miami University Outdoor  Sculpture Competition, $4000
  • 1996                  Creative Artist's Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Arts Foundation of Michigan for A Path, that Joins and Divides, $7000
  • 1992                  Artist Mini-Grant, Iowa Arts Council
  • 1990                  Artist Grant, University of Iowa Fine Arts Council
  • 1987                  Anonymous Gift for Continuing Studies in Art, Utah State University
  • 1987                  Robins Award, Achievement of the Year, Utah State University
  • 1987                   Student of the Year, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Utah State University

Professional Experience

  • 2017                 Artist in Residence, The Volland Store, Alma, KS
  • 2017                 Artist Retreat, Kane Ranch, Grand Canyon Trust, House Rock Valley, North Rim of  Grand Canyon
  • 2016-17           Exhibition Curator and Project Committee member, Hope & Trauma in a Poisoned Land, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, (Sponsored by the Flagstaff Arts Council, Navajo Chapter House, National Endowment for the Arts)
  • 2017                 Artist in Residence, Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Education Center, Centennial Valley, Lakeview, MT
  • 2017                 Artist in Residence, East Jemez Landscape Future, Bandelier National Monument & East Jemez Mountains, NM
  • 2016                 Artist in Residence, BoxoProjects, Joshua Tree, CA                         
  • 2016                 Artist in Residence, Wrangell Mountains Center, AK
  • 2014-16           Artist-in-Residence, Flagstaff Arboretum in conjunction with the Southwest   Experimental Garden Array (SEGA), Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2015                 Artist in Residence, Bandelier National Monument, NM
  • 2014-15           Exhibition Curator and Project Committee member, Fires of Change, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, (Sponsored by the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, Landscape Conservation Initiative, National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Spring 2015    Semester-long visiting artist for Dr. Kimberly Curtis’ First Year Seminar class: Just Food, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.  Designed and directed Your Salad Undressed, an art action on the NAU campus exploring migrant farm labor and food justice issues
  • 2012-14           Artist in Residence, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Spring 2014    Semester-long visiting artist for Dr. Nora Timmerman’s First Year Seminar class: Art-Making, Place-Shaping, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.  Designed and directed Anita Station, an art action along the Grand Canyon Railway exploring uranium mining within Grand Canyon 
  • 2012                 Exhibition Curator, Beyond the Border: the Wall, the People and the Land, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2012                 Visiting Artist, Hanover College, Hanover, IN
  • 2011                 Artist in Residence, Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
  • 2010                 Exhibition Curator, Touching at a Distance, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff
  • 2010-17            Exhibitions Committee member, Flagstaff Cultural Partners/Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2009                 Artist in Residence, Department of Art, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • 2008                 Artist in Residence, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2008                 Visiting Artist, Eastern Oregon University, LaGrande, OR
  • 2007                 Visiting Artist, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City
  • 2005                 Exhibition Curator/Coordinator, This Could Be Huge (self-portraits by Flagstaff Artists), Beasley Art Gallery, Northern Arizona University
  • 2004                 Visiting Artist, Minnesota State University Mankato, MN
  • 2004                 Visiting Artist, Franciscan University, Clinton, IA
  • 2004                 Visiting Artist, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2003                 Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO
  • 2002                 Lecturer for the Inaugural Happenings in Humanities Series, Sponsored by Dept. of Humanities and Philosophy, Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT
  • 2002                 Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
  • 2002                 Visual Arts Grant Advisory Panelist, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix
  • 2001                 Alaska Design Forum Visiting Lecture Series, sponsored by the National           Endowment for the Arts, Lectured in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, and Juneau
  • 2001                 Exhibition Curator, Third International Conference of Art Culture Nature, Northern Arizona University, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1999                 Visiting Artist, Department of Art, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • 1999                 Visiting Artist, Department of Art, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • 1998                 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • 1997                 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art and Art History, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg
  • 1997                 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art and Art History, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN
  • 1997                 Visual Arts Grant Advisory Panelist, Arts Foundation of Michigan, Detroit
  • 1996                 Visiting Artist, University of Michigan Biological Research Station, Douglas Lake
  • 1995                 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA
  • 1991                 Visiting Artist, Dept. of Art, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
  • 1988/9              Intern/Coordinator, GRACE (Grass Roots Art and Community Effort), West Glover, VT

Teaching Experience

  • 2014-               Figure Drawing Instructor, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2012                Guest Lecturer, Presented eleven lectures at Hanover College, Hanover, IN; Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN; Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY; West Street Art Center, Madison, IN
  • 2004-11           Lecturer, School of Fine Art, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
  • 2002                 Guest Lecturer in Christine Weigel’s “Art and Activism” Class, Dept. of Humanities and Philosophy, Utah Valley State College, Orem, UT
  • 2001-02           Artist-Teacher, San Francisco Art Institute’s Summer MFA Program
  • 2001-02           Artist-Teacher, MFA in Visual Art Program, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, VT
  • 1999-04            Instructor, School of Fine Art, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
  • 1998                  Guest Lecturer in Professor Sandra Lubarsky’s Master of Liberal Studies     “Sustainable Communities” Class, Dept. of Humanities, Arts, and Religion,            Northern Arizona University
  • 1997                  Guest Lecturer, School of Landscape Architecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
  • 1996                  Visiting Art teacher (Site-specific Installation), Community High School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1995-98            Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
  • 1989                  Basic Drawing Instructor, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa
  • 1988-90            Teaching Assistant, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa


  •    -                     Nadja Sayej, "'A time for guerrilla DIY': how the Mexico-US border became a hub for protest art," The Guardian, Feb 13, 2017                   
  •    -                     Corina Vanek, "FALA students decorate border wall with butterflies," Arizona Daily Sun, Feb 4, 2017, pages A1, A6                    
  •    -                     Diandra Markgraf, "Nature, fire, love and death: Art Installation over four concerts explores environmental themes," Arizona Daily Sun, Sept. 18, 2016, pages B1, B6 
  •                          Diandra Markgraf, "Burn is Beautiful: Fires of Change Observes the forest for the trees," Flagstaff Live!, Sept. 17-23, 2015, pages 14-17
  •    -                     Andrea Luque Karam, "Artist Shawn Skabelund comments on society through his artwork," The Lumberjack, Apr. 30-May 6, page 26
  •    -                     Seth Muller, "The weight of culpability: Martin-Springer Institute welcomes new art installation on immigration and a visiting author on the Holocaust," Arizona Daily Sun, January 25, 2015, pages B1-2
  •    -                     Diandra Markgraf, "Fires of Change: Art and Science join forces on the North Rim," Arizona Daily Sun, Oct 12, 2014, pages A1, A8
  •    -                     Diandra Markgraf, "Drawing Fire: Flagstaff Arts Council organizes in-depth artistic study of wildland blazes, Arizona Daily Sun, July 6, 2014
  •    -                     Sarah Gianelli, "CEREBRALLY-CHARGED," the Noise, April 2014, page 17 
  •    -                     Betsey Bruner, "Interconnected Truth," Flaglive!, Oct. 17-23, 2013
  •    -                     Betsey Bruner, "Landscape as art studio," Arizona Daily Sun, Sept. 15, 2013, pages B1, B7  
  •    -                     Roger McBain, "Irony ingrained in artist's commentary on Whirlpool, NAFTA, imported refrigerators," Evansville Courier & Press,, June 13, 2013
  •    -                     Constance DeVereaux, "Grand Canyon Installation," KUYI-Hopi Radio, August 2012
  •     -                    Rene Westbrook, "Installation art on exhibit at Park Headquarters, Grand Canyon News, Sept. 4, 2012 
  •     -                    Ryan Williams, "Park Headquarters hosts art installation," Grand Canyon News, June 13, 2012, pages 1, 4B
  •     -                    Rene Westbrook, "Artist tackles uranium mining, Grand Canyon News, May 18, 2011, pages 1, 3B
  •     -                    Nicole Osinski, "Two artists collaborate on exhibit at Hanover College," RoundAbout, Febrauary, 2012, pages 20-21
  •      Gregory Byard, "Excavating Destiny, A Conversation with Shawn Skabelund," Sculpture, May 2009, pages 48-53 
  •       Betsey Bruner, "Branching out," Arizona Daily Sun, April 25, 2009
  •      -                   Troy Farah, "Professor's art challenges people's perceptions," The Lumberjack, April 23, 2009
  •       - Abena Songbird, "Stigmata at Wounded Knee", Dakota/Lakota Journal, Oct. 12-19, 2007, pages 1-2
  •       - Michael Gray Frick, "Shawn of a new era," Flagstaff Live!, April 15-21, 2004
  •       - Virginia Rose Kane, “Drawn to It,” On the town, March 2004, page 26
  •       - Michael Gray Frick, “Shawn Skabelund, The Great Unknown,” Flagstaff Live!, January 8-14, 2004
  •       - Libby Casey, “Ecological Art,” Alaska Edition, KUAC-FM, Fairbanks, AK, June 4, 2001
  •       - Theresa Bierar, "Artist Shawn Skabelund," Interview with Shawn Skabelund, WebCast - Inside NAU, The TV Show, April 20, 2001
  •       - Sonia Yanez, “Skabelund Wins National Art Competition,” NAU Today, September 6, 1999
  •       - Michael Conti, “State of disgrace: Artist sends message about Alaska's environment,” The Northern Light, March 30- April 5, 1999
  •       - Paulette Manson, “Show explores human-nature bonds,” Anchorage Daily News, March 28, 1999
  •       - Martha Keller, “Review,” Sculpture, 1999, pages 63-64
  •       - Tamar R. Charney, “Art With Corn,” KUOM-FM, Ann Arbor, MI, August, 1997
  •       - Martha Keller, “Remnants:  The Glove as Icon,” The Ann Arbor Observer, November, 1996
  •       - Alisha Hamilton, “Local Art Exhibit Questions Over Development: Rape of Nature Subject of New Installation,” The Daily Universe, September 3, 1996
  •       - Kurt Germundson, “An Art of Origins and Recycling,” Tractor, Vol. 3 (1995), pages 48-49


Conference Papers and Talks

  • 2015               Panel Moderator of Border Interventions, 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1999               Environmental Place-Specific Installations: Art Which Questions Our Mark on Locale, Its History, and Its Use, The Second International Conference of Art Culture Nature, University of Washington, Seattle