Ryan Henel lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


2014, MFA, Art and Ecology, University of New Mexico
2004, BAFA, University of New Mexico


2023 –present   Research Lecturer III, Centerfor Environmental Art and Humanities,                                           University of New Mexico

2018- 2023          Lead Artist, Harwood ArtCenter’s Apprenticeship for Art & Social Justice

2012- 2023          Field Coordinator/ResearchLecturer III, Land Arts of the American West,                                                  Art + Ecology, University of New Mexico  

2010- 2014           Teaching Assistant,University of New Mexico

2007- 2010           Exhibit Developer, Explora Science Center



MEAnder, Lanbd Arts Generator Initiative - Modern Elder Academy comission for a large-scale earthwork installation in the Galisteo Valley, NM. (Construction set for 2024)

Camino,  Phase II, public art installation for Harwood Art Center’s Apprenticeship for  Art & Social Justice, Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque, NM


Camino, Phase I, public art installation for Harwood Art Center’s Apprenticeship for Art & Social Justice, Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque, NM


Mentor, OUTPUT - Art  After Fire, pilot project, South East Arts, Australia

Cambio  Bench, public art installation for Harwood Art Center’s Apprenticeship for Art  & Social Justice, Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque, NM


Cetacea Populus, Currents Festival, Santa Fe, NM     

Unidos,  public art installation for Harwood Art Center’s Apprenticeship for Art &  Social Justice, Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque, NM   

Finalist, NewMexico Arts Large Purchase Initiative


Who Are These  Invisible Clouds, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM                             

NeoRio: Roots ~Raices, Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, Wild Rivers, NM


Rock Wall,  collaborative erosion control project with Borderlands Restoration Network, Patagonia,AZ


Tributaries: Santa  Fe Art Institute Water Rights group show and performance                 

Finalist, NewMexico Arts purchase initiative                                                                                     

Stories Out/InPlace, Center for Fine Arts Downtown, Albuquerque, NM


All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art, Albuquerque  Museum

Finalist, Big Ideas Competition, Albuquerque Public Art Program    

Art and Infrastructure: exhibition of Land Arts Mobile ResearchPost-MFA Grant, George Pearl Hall, Albuquerque, NM      

Symposium:Invisibility, Uncertainty, Art and Landscape, City Lab, Albuquerque, NM Symposium: HABITAT, Exploring Climate Change through the Arts, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM


Boundless Horizons, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO

Watershed  Bounding, Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center, NM

Boundless Horizons Mira Costa College, San Diego, CA

Mellon Foundation funded Land Arts Mobile Research Laboratory Post-MFA Grant recipient, Art & Infrastructure

Manzano Rock,  permanent public art installation, Wilson Park, Albuquerque, NM


Student Selectioncommittee member for public art, University of New Mexico

Pattern Recognition,  Fine Arts Library


Commission for permanent sculpture installation, Wilson Park, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Albuquerque, NM

Reasons, Excuses, Alibis & Non Sequiturs, Annual Juried Graduate  Exhibition, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Finalist, site-specific work for Spaceport America, New Mexico Arts


Cabin-Specific, Press Club, Albuquerque, NM

Land Arts of the American West Exhibit, SCA Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


New Mexico Arts Temporary installation, Pojoaque Pueblo, NM

At First Sight, AC2, Albuquerque, NM

Finalist, Santa Fe Community College public art project, Santa Fe, NM


Dispersal/Return, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Sculpture as Analogy to Landscape, SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM

Finalist, Land art project for the City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor  Center, Albuquerque, NM


Given Take, The Land/An art site, Mountainair, NM

Take Back, The Land/Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Presenter for New Mexico Arts, Americans for the Arts Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Selected artist, New Mexico Arts, Villanueva State Park temporary installation,  NM


Selection Committee, Temporary Installations Made for the Environment, NMarts

Finalist, New Mexico Arts, Public art installation for the Western Heritage Museum, Hobbs, NM


Landmines, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Panel Discussion CCA Land Art


New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME),  Migration Series, El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro, NM

Temporary installation, American for the Arts Conference, Austin Green Art,  Austin, TX


Art in Public Places, ¡Magnifico!, Albuquerque, NM

Converse, Albuquerque Glass Studio, Albuquerque, NM

Land Arts of the American West 2003, Creative Research Laboratory at the  University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


Land Arts of the American West 2003, John Sommers Gallery at the University of  New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Mappings, Colomo, Marfa, TX

Exhibit A, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Station, The Walls, Albuquerque, NM


ASA student show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Device, Johnson Gallery at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Space Until Dark, PNM Building, Albuquerque, NM

Public Collections

Cambioat Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque, NM                                                                                      Unidos at Mesa VerdePark, Albuquerque, NM
Manzano Rock at Wilson Park,Albuquerque, NM
recovered at the Walter GerrellsPerforming Arts and Exhibition Centre, Carlsbad, NM

Center for Art +Environment archive at the Nevada Museum of Art


Eleonora Edreva, Jeanette Hart-Mann, Ryan Henel. A Garden: A Living Room. Seedbroadcast: agri-Culture Journal, 17th Edition, Fall2021

Excerpts published in Arts Programming for the  Anthropocene: Art in Community and Environment, Bill Gilbert and Annica Cox, Routledge Press, 2018

Featured artist in "Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas,"Vol. V, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico, 2012

Work published in Lessons for Architecture: Land Arts of the American West, Landscape within Architecture, PrincetonArchitectural Press, Sept 2004

Work published in Land Arts of the American West,  Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor, University of Texas Press, 2009


2013    Studio Residency, UcrossFoundation, Wyoming

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