Marywood University presents Patricia Johanson at Marywood: "Mary's Garden" in Context, a land design exhibit in the Maslow Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts, today through June 4. Mary's Garden celebrates the living history of the land, the mining community, Marywood University, and the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Patricia Johanson's vigorous and exciting work propelled her to the vanguard of American art in the 1960s, and, by the 1970s, she was a pioneer of the transformative young environmental art movement. Personal struggles marked her creativity after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1989. Her heroic survival was more than life-changing: this life-restoring experience inspired her "Survival Sculptures" and a succession of visionary, remediative land designs, which deal with healing and survival at all levels of life. In her hands, a fully-engineered water treatment facility, for instance, is not only functional but a stunningly beautiful, inviting space for people, plants, and animals to flourish.
The exhibit also includes Johanson's international land restoration projects.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours include Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6211. ext. 2428 or visit www.marywood.edu/galleries.
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