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About the Artist

Landa Townsend is an acclaimed environmental artist known for her thought-provoking and immersive artworks that explore the intricate relationship between nature, culture, and humanity. With a deep passion for ecological restoration and a profound understanding of the interconnectivity of ecosystems, Townsend creates captivating installations that invite viewers to contemplate their place within the natural world.


Townsend's career as an artist took off with her major solo project at the Marin County Open Space District in 1997-98, where she presented "Willow Spheres: Creek Restoration," a collaborative environmental installation at Roy's Redwoods Open Space Preserve in Marin County, California. This groundbreaking conservation project marked the beginning of her focus on creating art that not only engages viewers aesthetically but also raises awareness about the urgent need for environmental conservation and restoration. 

Townsend relocated to Charlotte, Vermont in 2003, where her focus was raising a daughter and honeybees.  During this time, she returned to studio work, using the beeswax from her honeybees to create a series of oil and beeswax paintings.  “Bricoleur’s Apiary”, 2003-2023.

Throughout her career, Townsend has participated in numerous major solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibitions include “The Dispersion of Seeds" at Neskowin National Forest, Oregon Coast Range in 1996, "The Seduction of Nature" at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California in 1996, and “Treo Grafte: Sculpting in Time” at Capp Street Project and San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, 1992-93. These exhibitions showcased her versatility as an artist, as she seamlessly blended multimedia elements, audio installations, and sculptural forms to create powerful and immersive experiences for her audience.

In addition to her solo exhibitions, Townsend has participated in major group exhibitions that have brought her work to diverse audiences. Her artwork has been featured at renowned institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the United Nation Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, and the Regional Center for the Arts at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California.

Townsend's dedication and talent have been recognized through numerous grants, awards, and fellowships. She was honored with an Artist Development Grant from the Vermont Arts Council in 2021-22, a Community Arts Grant from the Marin Arts Council in 1997-98, and a Western States Arts Federation/NEA Regional Fellowship Honorable Mention in Sculpture in 1996, among others.  These accolades serve as a testament to the significance of her contributions to the field of environmental art.

In addition to her artistic practice, Townsend has been actively involved in teaching and sharing her knowledge with others.  She has served as an art teacher in the Marin County Public School System, where she designed art projects with a focus on environmental and nature themes.  Townsend has also held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she developed innovative courses that merged art and environmental education.

Townsend's work has garnered critical acclaim and has been featured in various reviews, media interviews and documentaries. Her installations have been described as thought-provoking and transformative, offering viewers a unique perspective on the relationship between art, nature, and the human experience.

As an artist, educator, and advocate for ecological restoration, Landa Townsend continues to push the boundaries of environmental art, inspiring audiences to reflect on their connection to the natural world and encouraging active engagement in the preservation of our planet. Her work serves as a powerful reminder that art has the ability to evoke change and shape our collective understanding of the environment we inhabit.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1986
Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, 1983.
Independent Study, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY 1980


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