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Fall 2016 Artist-in-Residence: Patrick Dougherty

Arts Transcending Borders, in association with the Environmental Studies Program, the Cantor Art Gallery and the Department of Visual Arts, welcomes Patrick Dougherty as artist-in-residence in Fall 2016. 

Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty

'Just Off the Beaten Track,' 2016

On view daily through 2017
Lawn by Linden Lane, Main Campus Entrance

Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes locally sourced saplings into architectural sculptures which are unique to the setting, and dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them.

Learning Curve (2013). Center for Creativity & the Arts,
University of California, Fresno, CA. Photo: Jonathan Mathis

Over the last 30 years, Patrick Dougherty has created more than 250 Stickworks for museums, colleges, cities and parks around the world. Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty uses rudimentary building techniques to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, Maple Body Wrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show titled Waitin’ It Out in Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads. His sculpture has been seen worldwide --- from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States. He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Dougherty and his work in 2009.

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Dancing with Stickwork
Performances by students of the Dance Program
April 26, 2017, 10:45 am - 12:45 pm (weather permitting)
Linden Lane Lawn 
As part of the 2017 Academic Conference

On Transience, Beauty and Other Stuff: Patrick Dougherty's Stickworks in Conversation
Michael Beatty, Visual Arts & Christopher Dustin, Philosophy
March 22, 2017, 4:30 pm
Levis Browsing Room, Dinand Library

Faith in Spring: Music and Nature
Artist-in-Residence Concert 
March 16, 2017, 8 pm 
Brooks Concert Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Music

Family Weekend: Explore Just Off the Beaten Track
October 22, 2016, 10 am - 12 pm
Linden Lane Lawn
Explore Just Off the Beaten Track, a Stickwork sculpture created by renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty with the help of over 350 volunteers during his three-week artist residency in September 2016.  Meet student guides who helped create the Stickwork sculpture and hear stories from the field!

Stick Space: Hands-on Art Project for All
October 22, 2016, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Linden Lane Lawn (Inclement weather location: Stein Hall Entrance Lobby)

Be inspired by Patrick Dougherty’s whimsical Stickwork sculpture! In this hands-on workshop, create something to take home in response to Dougherty’s monumental sculpture of woven sticks and twigs.
Led by Visual Arts faculty Susan Schmidt and her students; all ages.

Co-sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders and the Cantor Art Gallery

Opening and Artist Reception
September 23, 2016, 3 pm
Linden Lane Lawn

Artist Talk: Patrick Dougherty 
ATB Fall 2016 Artist-in-Residence 
September 13, 2016, 5 pm
Rehm Library

All events are free and open to the public.