Sculptor, activity planned for Family and Community Day

Washburn University

TOPEKA – A talk by sculptor Patrick Dougherty and a hands-on activity for participants are scheduled for this week at the Mulvane Art Museum.

Artist Talk: Dougherty will present an Artist Talk about his sculptures, inspirations and use of materials at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room 143, Garvey Fine Arts Center.

Dougherty has spent this month designing and building, along with a crew of volunteers, a site specific sculpture on the campus of Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, outside the Mulvane Art Museum. From Chapel Hill, N.C., he is internationally known for his unusual and dynamic sculptures built with tree saplings. During the past several decades he has built more than 250 sculptures throughout the world. His signature woven sculptures, waving, willowy, whimsical and windblown-looking, tower over or fold into buildings, trees, and other landscape elements.

More information about Dougherty and his work, may be found at

Family/Community Day will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Participants can help build a large-scale group installation in the Mulvane ArtLab using recycled materials andalso create a woven art object using natural materials.

This project is supported in part by the Kansas Arts Commission’s Kansas American Masterpieces grant program, Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University and Washburn’s Campus Beautification Committee. This project is also sponsored in part by AT&T, The Real Yellow Pages and

The Mulvane Art Museum is located on the campus of Washburn University at 17th & Jewell streets. Museum & ArtLab hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.. Admission is rree. For more information, call 785-670-1124 or go to or [email protected]

-Press Release