Updated: Jan 14, 2019

Joanna Keane Lopez creates sculpture from the earth. She works with the materials of adobe architecture, earthen plaster and a type of clay slip paint to create sculpture.

Lopez is one of the first scholars to receive the new Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit scholarship attend the West CPL Summit in Albuquerque next month. The scholarship program seeks to bring artists, students, civic volunteers to the three-day events for creative placemakers. The summits attract key decision makers and from arts administration, philanthropy, planning, design, community development, economic development and architecture. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking created the program to give people from under-represented communities a chance to contribute and be heard at the gatherings. Lopez wrote that she wants to learn more about social practice public art.

Lopez created a temporary sculpture that won the Year in Review Award from Americans for the Arts. She created, "Persist, Repeat, Reflect" of adobe brick, mirror, lime wash and mica for T.I.M.E. (Temporary Installation Made for the Environment).

She has been working in public art and large-scale installations for the past few years to address conceptions of sculpture in engagement with land. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art.

The NCCP produces the summits with ArtPlace America across the country. After Albuquerque, NCCP will head to Columbia, South Carolina for the South + Appalachia Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit April 16-18. Applications for scholarships to the South + Appalachia summit are currently open. Please visit for more information. The Summit in South Carolina will serve the Southern and Appalachian states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississipi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

Lopez will join six other scholars at the West CPL Summit. Their scholarships are made possible by donations to the program. Watch the video below or visit for more information.

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