“The desert has long served as a kind of living laboratory for human and environmental experiences and developments. The world’s desert regions have been sites for urban construction, military testing and combat, religious and spiritual traditions, natural resources, extraction, and a host of other aesthetic, scientific, and artistic interactions.”

—The Desert Initiative

ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design and Ecology is a peer-reviewed annual journal focusing on cross-disciplinary explorations of desert arts, design, culture and the environment for both scholarly and new audiences. ARID seeks submissions of scholarly articles, curriculum, visual essays and other media including sound and video that investigate diverse aesthetic, social, cultural, historical, ecological and political subjects related to desert regions of the American Southwest and beyond. ARID emphasizes the convergence of art, design, and culture with science, ecology, geography and other related disciplines to create a unique snapshot of and dialog about desert environs and cultures with a vested and active interest in the desert as a point of creative investigation.

ARID is an interdisciplinary online project jointly published by multiple institutions that launched on September 1st, 2012. Arid Journal will commence with an annual publishing schedule beginning in Fall 2014.