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PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, was an off-the-grid residency program that supported the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa in northern New Mexico. Founded by Nina Elder, Erin Elder and Nancy Zastudil, PLAND took inspiration from a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaimed and reframed a land-based notion of the American Dream. Part alternative school, part laboratory, part homestead, part art studio, PLAND was an active solution for merging art into life. During the 5 year experiment of PLAND, nearly 20 artists participated in the residency program, and many more engaged through work parties and off-site projects. As a collective, PLAND published articles and interviews, was featured in several exhibitions, and presented at universities and conferences. Learn more.





pland was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts; the McCune Foundation; and The Idea Fund, part of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ regional regranting program; among others. PLAND was a semi-finalist and a finalist for support from Creative Capital.


  • Sophie Mellor

  • Topographia Collective (Catherine Harris, Jessamyn Lovell, LeE Montgomery, Mary Tsiongas)

  • Suzanne Husky

  • Josh Hoeks and Ryan Rasmussen

  • Christine Howard Sandoval and Nina Montenegro

  • Ari Marcantonio and Jaime Knight

  • Jesse Vogler

  • Mick Larusso

  • Nina Dubois and Eso Robinson



  • Land Arts of the American West 

  • Southern Methodist University

  • University of New Mexico, Taos

  • University of Houston



  • Fieldwork Marfa Symposium 2012 

  • International Symposium on Electronic Arts 2012 

  • Hand in Glove Conference 2012 

  • Open Engagement Conference 2012 

  • Skydive Gallery, Houston, TX 2011

  • Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Houston TX, 2011