who we are

Fieldworks Collaborative was founded by artists/researchers Trena Noval and Ann Wettrich to invent public platforms for creative inquiry and collaborative practices that respond to contemporary cultural and environmental conditions.

Our Thinking

Informed by place, we mine the intersections of nature and culture to animate discovery through collective encounters and experiences. Our working methods are inspired by art/design-based research practices and relational actions that take place in the public realm. We aim to create alternative structures that invite collaborative constructions of knowledge.

Collaborators and Partners

Conceptual Design and Technical Advisers - John Roloff, James Gouldthorpe

Collaborating Artists - Shelia Balter, Kija Lucas, Mary Rowell

Historical and Naturalist Advisers - Donna Guldimann, Ann Northrup, Hugh and Kathleen Roberts

Fabrication and Support Advisers - Bernie Lubell, Robert Miller

Land Research Group (Book Club) - Sukey Bryan, Carol Mancke, Mary Muszynski, Genine Lentine

March 2017 - Organic Logic: FW Spirit Archive Tasting, 500 Capp Street, San Francisco.

December 2016 - Chit Chat & Spirit Tasting, The Growlery, San Francisco, exploring our relationship to the forest in the urban environment.

March 2016 - Mad Mary’s Tavern Speakeasy -  Billiard Room, Montalvo estate, in collaboration with artist, composer and violinist Mary Rowell.

2015 - 2016 - Wonder Commons and Invisible Landscapes, Montalvo Arts Center - Commissioned by Montalvo and launched as part of their Art Splash community celebration.

January 2016 - Harvest Chit-Chat, Phelan Library, Villa Montalvo, included spirit tasting and curated conversation exploring the question: How does the harvest help us to frame and reframe our relationship to the landscape?

 2014 - 2015 - Chit-Chat and Spirit Tasting Conversation Series at Villa Montalvo in collaboration with their Library and History Committee, exploring the land trust and estate past, present and future.

September 2015 - January 2016 - Botanica Poetica exhibition, Project Space Gallery, Montalvo Arts Center:

  • Fieldworks Lab - Gallery Installation, collections, theories and curiosities
  • Colorfield Station - Participatory data station exploring landscape complexity, inside and outside the in the gallery
  • Fieldstudy Station - Montalvo public art commission - ongoing outdoor interactive station located on Montalvo’s trailhead

2014  Irvine Fellows, Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program at Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA.




curriculum vitae