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February 15, 2012: Matthew Coolidge

Posted on February 12, 2012 by School of Art

Matthew CoolidgeMatthew Coolidge is the founder and director of the Center for Land Use and Interpretation.  Established in 1994, the CLUI is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about how the nation’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived.  Coolidge’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding our relationship with the built American landscape.

In addition to lecturing both nationally and internationally, Coolidge acts as a project director, curator, and photographer for CLUI exhibitions. Furthermore, he is the author and editor of several books including: Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America With the Center for Land Use Interpretation (2006); Route 58: A Cross-Section of Southern California; Back to the Bay: An Examination of the Shoreline of the San Francisco Bay Region (2001); Around Wendover: An Examination of the Anthropic Landscape of the Great Salt Lake Desert Region (1998), and The Nevada Test Site: A Guide to America’s Nuclear Proving Ground (1996). Coolidge is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2004) and the Smithsonian Institute’s Lucelia Artist Award (2006).


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