Scientia 2008: Marin Braco

Marin Braco is receiving a degree in Arts Administration, with a concentration in Art History. She has also studied at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence. In 2007 she held an internship at Rubin Museum of Art in New York. She hopes to pursue a career that allows her to build upon the management skills and passion for art history she has developed while attending Marywood University. She has held leadership roles in Student Government Association as Vice President of her class, as Captain of the Volleyball team, and as a member of Pugwash. Marin has presented at West Virginia University’s Undergraduate Art History Symposium and at Delaware Valley College’s Conference on Literature and Mediated Nature. Marin is very grateful for the support of the faculty throughout this process. She would like to thank Dr. William Conlogue, for inspiring her to think creatively and critically, and Dr. Linda Partridge for exposing her to the Environmental Art movement, the major artists and founders of it, and allowing her to take part in the feasibility study that brings environmental artists to the Marywood campus. Marin would also like to express gratitude to Christina Elvidge and the Undergraduate Research Committee for assisting her in research. Finally, Marin would like to thank her family for their love and support in all of her endeavors.

Patricia Johanson: Environmental Art In Process

Director: Dr. Linda Partridge
Reader: Dr. William Conlogue


It was a typical winter day in Scranton, dreary and cold. The trees were barren; no snow had fallen to cover the lifeless branches above or the dead leaves underfoot. I was walking on the edge of Marywood University’s campus with internationally-known environmental artist Patricia Johanson through the potential site for her next project. We walked in silence, observing the land around us. I glanced at the old tires and dead trees, noting to myself how much intervention this area needed. As I ducked through a thorn bush, behind me Johanson said, “Isn’t this just like a fairy tale?” It was then that I realized this artist's ability to see the potential beauty in what appears to most people to be a dump. The soft sound of birds in flight brought my gaze upward to the flock of sparrows. I then turned to look back at how far we had walked. We were about thirty feet from the road, at the lowest point of a gentle slope. The active mining on the other side of the road wasn’t visible from this spot, the highest point of the land cupped the bottom of the Pennsylvania Mountains, with the sky above. In the few days I spent with Patricia Johanson, I observed how this artist turned her visionary ideas into realities.

Patricia Johanson began her artistic endeavors as a painting major at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, graduating in 1962. Two years later, she earned a master's degree in Art History from Hunter College, New York. Johanson has been interested in creating public parks with an ecological function since House & Garden magazine approached her to design a garden in 1969. Although the magazine rejected her proposals, the 150 sketches she completed over the course of one year have inspired her environmental art projects over the last four decades. Frustrated with people doubting the feasibility of her designs, she completed a degree in architecture from City College School of Architecture, New York. Drawing on ideas from the seven revolutionary garden genres she developed

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