Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 1/24/02Sculptor Gives Talk at Marlboro

MARLBORO, VT - Sculptor Patrick Dougherty of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be giving an artist's talk in Marlboro College's Apple Tree Building at 4 p.m. February 5.

Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty is a master of stick and natural materials fabrication. Over the years, he learned more about primitive techniques of building and experimented with tree saplings as his construction material. Since 1982, when his first piece, MaplyBodyWrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists' Exhibition, Dougherty's work has evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments requiring saplings by the truckloads. During the last decade he has built over 100 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

"Dougherty's works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together," says Linda Johnson in A Dialogue with Nature. "Many of his works look 'found' rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings."

Educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of Iowa, Dougherty has been an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado, at North Carolina State University, at Craftsummer at Miami University in Ohio, and at the University of North Carolina.

His awards include a North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, a Community Residency Exchange Program between the USA and Ireland/Northern Ireland through the Americans for the Arts, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, and fellowships through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Recent exhibition sites have included the South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson, the Meyers School of Art at the University of Akron in Ohio, Smith College in Massachusetts, Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the Atelier 340 Museum in Belgium, and the Symposim d¹Art Nature, Cime et Racines in Quebec.

In August, Dougherty will be creating a site-specific installation at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

Admission to Dougherty's talk is free and open to the public. The Apple Tree Building is fully accessible.

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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