Award-winning and internationally-acclaimed environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty will work with students and community members to create a large-scale piece on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus while serving as an artist-in-residence.
The sculpture will be built just outside the Noel Fine Arts Center during the April 1-18 residency. With its design a secret until Dougherty arrives, the piece will be created with maple, willow and dogwood saplings that have been harvested from the local area in an environmentally-sensitive way.
Dougherty will also give a public presentation about his work on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Noel Fine Arts Center Room 221. An opening reception for the sculpture will take place on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Specht Memorial Forum/Sundial, where the piece will be installed. Both events are free and open to the public.
“Patrick’s work has the effect of building community through a shared experience of creating art together,” said Kristin Thielking, a professor in UW-Stevens Point’s Department of Art & Design. “We are looking forward not only to the work of art itself and to Patrick’s residency, but to the experience of working together on what can be seen as a symbol of the great potential of interdisciplinary and inter-community collaboration and a celebration of our connectedness.”
To volunteer or for additional information about Dougherty’s sculpture project and related events, please contact Keven Brunett at Keven.Brunett@uwsp.edu or Kristin Thielking at Kristin.Thielking@uwsp.edu or go to the College of Fine Arts and Communication website at www.uwsp.edu/cofac. Additional sponsors include the College of Natural Resources, Schmeeckle Reserve, Treehaven, Fiskars of Wausau and the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Frances.
Dougherty has combined his carpentry skills with his love of nature to create more than 230 large scale sculptures worldwide – from Scotland to Japan to Brussles and all over the U.S. His use of primitive building techniques and tree saplings as construction material has evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works. More information and samples of his sculptures may be found at www.stickwork.net.