The Land With No Name

Sanctuary For Homeless Sculpture

Who We Are:

The Land With No Name is a place to be and to do. It is a space where people, land, and art converge to create experience.


The Land With No Name Sanctuary is dedicated to: charitable, spiritual, educational, environmental, literary and scientific purposes including but not limited to the hosting of an alternative art space that promotes a habitat for sculpture and a place for people to gather and engage in various art experiences, art appreciation, ecological awareness, and educational endeavors.


What We Do:

 1) Art Classes and Workshops:
The Land With No Name Sanctuary brings a deep respect for this special high mountain desert place and its art. We are interested in supporting people who form a connection to the land and art here. We encourage people to make art and build their own unique relationship to the land, through their creative process and presence.

Workshops and Classes are provided for college level students. Class size ranges from 5-25 students.  Schools we have recently worked with include:  the University of Arizona, Southwest University of Visual Arts in Tucson, Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells, Arizona, and the Tucson Museum of Art.  After walking the trails as part of the guided sculpture tour, students write descriptive essays expressing personal reflections regarding the political, religious, social, historical, and ecological issues generated by the content of the Sculpture. Students also scout sites and build their own sculpture on the premises, and participate in group discussion and journal writing reflecting the relationship of their artwork to the land. 


2) A Gathering Space for the Community:
We host community gatherings for the purpose of bringing people together. We provide opportunities for people to engage and explore the land and art here for the purpose of enjoyment, learning, and self-reflection. Gathering space has been provided for local community members, families, local artists, non-artists, teachers, students, retirees, as well as visiting individuals from different parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea. 



3) Guided Sculpture Tours:

The Land With No Name Sanctuary  is a 25-acre high desert grassland environment dedicated to providing guided sculpture tours. Founder, Ted Wade Springer, leads tours with his partner, Kate Long Hodges. Thirty sculptures created by international and local artists have been placed on these 25 acres along walking trails for public viewing and educational purposes. 


Guided Sculpture Tour Emphasis:

a) Art Appreciation for Site-Specific Sculpture:
The Land With No Name Sanctuary provides opportunities for artists and non-artists to view a wide selection of sculpture in an open-air natural environment where art interacts with nature.

b) We encourage diversity:
The sculpture tours are open to educational
groups, families, local neighbors, retirees, teachers, research scientists,
historians, visiting artists, humanitarian organizations, and retreat groups.
We do not discriminate based on race, religion, or ability, and co-exist with
local ranch land surroundings.  


4) Artist in Residence Programs for Visual Artists and Writers:
This Residency Program has provided opportunities for artists to work, build, and develop their art objects, concepts, and experiences in an outdoor environment. Selected artists receive a small financial stipend to support their creative process. 


5) Landscape Architecture Using Sustainable Building Practices:
Under the guidance of Ted Wade Springer, community members use recycled building materials and solar lighting to design terraces for gathering and sitting areas, steps along trails, and a composting toilet, built with respect for the natural environment in which the architecture resides. We also have a solar powered insulated storage container for multiple uses, including classroom space, shelter from stormy weather, sleeping quarters and exhibition space.


6) Environmental Education:
Community members generate group discussion on local desert wild foods, grassland ecology, archeological, anthropological, and Native American history of the region. It is important to us to respect and protect this high desert grassland. We have been building trails to minimize erosion and to make access to sculpture easier.


7) Musical Concerts, Poetry Events, and Outdoor Theater Performances: Musicians and poets perform at various educational and community events at the land. 


8) Art Exhibition:
The Land With No Name Sanctuary provides art exhibition space for temporary as well as permanent sculpture. Work is currently being done to set up a gallery space for solo shows. 


9) Educational Lecture And Outreach:
Ted Wade Springer and Kate Long Hodges currently have lectured at The University of Arizona. Lectures inform students about educational opportunities, workshops, and retreats offered by The Land With No Name Sanctuary. Students learn about the unique open-air natural environment where art interacts with nature and as a result, a strong inter-relationship forms between the art and the land, and the individual artist. This can be quite different from museum, gallery, and traditional sculpture garden environments.


We are actively contacting a wider range of schools, organizations, and
individuals, locally and nationally, to build relationships in order to continue
to offer art classes, workshops, and educational opportunities. Educational
outreach has included these organizations: Tucson Museum of Art, The University of Arizona, The Center For Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, Arizona. 


10) Retreat Space for Small Groups:
The Land With No Name Sanctuary will provide opportunities for organizations to hold meetings and to facilitate learning and social interaction in a supportive, shaded, and quiet outdoor environment. We would like to host groups that focus on art making, history and culture of the local desert region, science and ecology, health and wellness, literary groups, spiritual groups, and humanitarian organizations.


11) Art Classes of Diverse Media To include:
Sculpture, art installation, film, video, photography, storytelling,
traditional and contemporary Native American studies, print Making, painting, drawing, and various media shared by visiting artists and teachers.