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Saxton, Richard W Associate Professor


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  • Richard Saxton is an artist, designer, and educator whose work focuses primarily on rural knowledge and landscape. Saxton’s work is conceived through an interdisciplinary cultural framework, and can be contextualized through social and site-based art practice. Saxton’s work has been described as contemporary vernacular, non-heroic, and an art infused with rural experience without subscribing to any one genre or culture. Saxton is the founder of the M12 Collective, an interdisciplinary group that develops projects through dialogical and collaborative approaches. M12 creates and supports new modes of art making in often rural and remote areas, and focuses on experiential practices that explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes.


  • context-based art, rural art, site-based art, community-based art, social practice, sculpture, social-sculpture, architecture, social-architecture, landscape, environment, design, image-based research, built environment, installation, public art, rural communities



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