Patrick Dougherty Virtual Conversation

January 14, 2021

Patrick Dougherty: A Conversation About Sustainable and Regenerative Design
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Georgia Tech Arts' Facebook Page
Enjoy a conversation with world-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, while he is on campus creating one of his site-specific, woven sculptures on Georgia Tech's new Eco-Commons. He will speak about sustainable and regenerative design with Veronica Klucik, BS Economics and International Affairs 2018, exhibitions manager at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), and co-curator of the exhibition, "Learning from Nature: The Future of Design." This free event is co-presented by Georgia Tech Arts, the Museum of Design Atlanta, and Serenbe.
Please register to receive the Facebook livestream link and submit a question.
*This discussion will be recorded in advance, so please submit your questions by January 11 to have them included with time permitting. The recording will then be live streamed for the public on Thursday, January 14, 2021.
About Patrick Dougherty
Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture. Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and 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 entitled 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. Over the last thirty-some years, he has built over 300 of these works and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide---from Scotland to Japan to Belgium, 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 Patrick and his work in 2009. This monograph, Stickwork, has received excellent reviews. He is assisted by his son, Sam, who has developed into an expert stickworker. His signature can be found on every sculpture, especially in the rolled top edges.
About Veronica Klucik
Veronica Klucik is the exhibitions manager at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and co-curator of the exhibition Learning from Nature: The Future of Design. She is drawn to the dynamism of design -- an entity both reactionary and explanatory, interdisciplinary by nature, and concerned with both function and form – and the power of storytelling and play to share big ideas, bring people together, and inspire innovation.

She holds a B.S. in Economics and International Affairs from Georgia Tech and an M.S. in Sustainable Urbanism from University College London, where she found her niche in the convergence of the designed and the natural. Her big loves in life are throwing pottery, a holistic approach to wellness, and encouraging equitable climate change adaptation and resilience through community building.

The Big Easy (2017) Sarah P Duke Gardens of Duke University, Durham, NC. Photo by Michael Mauney. 

Patrick Dougherty wears a beige baseball cap and green t-shirt. He is standing in one of his installations, weaving a sapling into the structure.