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03/09/2009
Artist Patricia Johanson To Present 2009 Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture at Hudson Valley Community College on April 1

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 9, 2009

"Lily Dam Flood", Utah DOT plan with colored pencil, ink and marker, 11" x 17", 2008 "Sculpture Garden: Shelter", lipstick, colored pencil and pencil, 8 1/2" x 11", 1969
Artist and author Patricia Johanson, whose multidisciplinary designs have combined art, ecology, landscaping and functional infrastructure, will speak at Hudson Valley Community College, 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium.

Johanson will discuss several projects and trace their development from concept to finished work in "Framing the World as a Work of Art," the college's 2009 Stephen L Hyatt Memorial Lecture.

During the 1960s, Johanson worked for Joseph Cornell and Georgia O'Keeffe; exhibited "Minimal" paintings and sculpture; and, at the age of 29, designed a series of 150 gardens for House and Garden magazine, which changed ideas of what gardens could be and laid the path to the large-scale environmental sculptures for which she is known.

Current large-scale projects include a "Park for the Amazon Rainforest" in Obidos, Brazil that reveals forest stratification and Nairobi River Park, Kenya, featuring sculpture that filters polluted river water. Other recent work includes: "Ulsan Dragon Park" in Korea and "The Rocky Marciano Trail," Brockton, Mass., as well as "Millenium Park" in Seoul, Korea, which transforms the world's largest landfill into a sculptural guardian figure whose terraced landscape provides human recreation as well as urban wildlife habitat.

Johanson's work has been seen in over 150 exhibitions worldwide. Her project drawings and models are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, an NEA Fellowship, the Townsend Harris Medal, and a Gold Medal from the Accademia Italia delle Arti.

She is author of "Creative Solutions to Environmental Problems" (1992), "Preserving Biocultural Diversity in Public Parks" (1996) and "The City as an Ecological Art Form" (1998). Caffyn Kelley's biography, "Art and Survival: Patricia Johnason's Environmental Projects" was published in 2006, and a two-volume study by Xin Wu, Patricia Johanson's House and Garden Commission: Reconstruction of Modernity," (2008) is available from Harvard University Press.

Johanson lives and works in Buskirk, NY.

This lecture is presented by the Teaching Gallery with support from the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation's Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Fund. For more information, call (518) 629-8006.

The Teaching Gallery, in the college's new Administration Building, will be open prior to the talk. Currently on view: the Oatman-Lail NewsHour, Collages by Michael Oatman and Thomas Lail. For more information please visit: www.hvcc.edu/teachinggallery.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.