1982-1984 University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
1973-1976 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. B.A. Cum Laude.
SELECTED COMMISSIONS & DESIGN TEAMS
2010-2012 “Central Park”, Madison, WI. Artist & Design Team Member with MGA, SSA, JJR, KSD, & KJWW
“Central Park” is a new destination located on the site of a former brownfield in Madison’s East Isthmus Corridor. Advancing the framework of the “productive park,” it is conceived as a laboratory that synthesizes nature and art, utility and recreation. “Central Park” manifests the expressive potential of art in an emerging eco-society, incorporates sustainable/infrastructure strategies, provides park/recreational facilities, incorporates outdoor theaters, enhances the city’s economic development potential, attracts green workers to the neighborhood, and provides a focal point for the surrounding neighborhood, city, and region.
2009-2012 “River Passage Park”, Calgary, AB Canada. Artist/Design Team Leader with Winterbottom Design, Harris & Harris, and Golder Associates
Located along the Bow River in the heart of Calgary, “River Passage Park” offers a powerful lens through which to view the city’s relationship with the river and its watershed. This environmental artwork connects people to the language and origin of the river – its role in shaping the landscape of the region, its ecology and its human history. Progressions of form interact with the site’s terrain and with movements of people and natural processes. Elements include sculptural gathering places, earth/water sculptures, viewing platforms, river connections, regional pathways, plantings, phenomenological events, and ecological enhancements. Together, these express the rich layering of events, forces, influences, and materials that have played upon the river and its banks over time. The park also provides a central connection point for a zoo, bird sanctuary, park, fish hatchery, and neighborhood.
2005-2009 “Origami Garden”, Tempe Transportation Center, Tempe, AZ. Artist with Otak, Architekton, and A. Dye Design
“Origami Garden” is an expressive gathering space under an elevated community room at the Tempe Transportation Center. The City of Tempe built this hub for buses/light rail and transit center as a model for sustainable design and community planning. The place-based artwork and shaded gathering area includes faceted planting beds, xeriscape plantings, harvested gray/stormwater, recycled, gabions with recycled glass and LED lighting, rustic terrazzo paving, and a series of seating areas.
2006-2009 “Reach”, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA. Artist.
“Reach” is a sculptural gathering place that embodies movement. A cedar and metal pavilion rises up from the ground, lifting and twisting to create an arched passageway. Wood boards are spaced to cast shadows that shift throughout the day. A pathway and undulating swaths of plantings echo the sculpture’s dynamic form and a bench provides a place to rest. Inspired by the desire to stretch one’s knowledge, the artwork embodies a reaching gesture that envelops people as they move through the place.
2004-2009 “Island Garden”, Broward County, FL. Artist, Design Team Leader with Winterbottom Design
“Island Garden” is an environmental artwork situated within a natural area on an island in the everglades. This placemaking artwork has spiraling forms that rise up from the surrounding landscape and includes a pavilion/shade structure, a rustic terrazzo pathway, a gathering area, vertical screens, water elements, and plantings. Hints of history are written on the landscape and physical remnants present the visitor with fragmentary clues to the natural processes and human developments that have washed over the site over time.
2001-2009 “Cinematic Frames & Progressions: a Public Art Vision Plan for the Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve”, Vision Plan + 5 Conceptual Designs, Ventura, CA. Artist, Planner, & Design Team Leader with MIG, AMEC, and Winterbottom Design
“Cinematic Frames & Progressions” is an environmental art project integrated into a 40 acre ecological reserve and is adjacent to an estuary, ocean, and harbor. The project consists of outdoor rooms, viewing platforms, pathways, and habitat enhancements conceived as a series of cinematic frames and progressions in the landscape. Focused on the integration of ecology, placemaking, and aesthetics, the art sequence reveals the links between human and animal architecture, improves habitat, and connects people to the water in and around the site.
2002-2007 “Terraced Cascade”, Chaparral Park, Scottsdale, AZ. Artist, Team Leader with Winterbottom Design
“Terraced Cascade” is an environmental artwork and theater garden inspired by the marks that humans and water inscribe on the desert. Expressed as both miniature watershed and abstraction of the human torso, the artwork provides a means for people to imagine their place within the larger Indian Bend Wash – a watershed with extreme conditions of drought and flooding. Taking advantage of the topography at the eastern edge of Indian Bend Wash, a series of stepped, rib-like terraces and a vertebrae-like cascade are nestled into the hillside. The terraces act as platforms for xeriscape plants with curious shapes, colors, and textures. Harvested water intermittently flows down the cascade to irrigate a mesquite bosque that offers shade and respite from the desert sun.
1999-2007 “Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project”. Seattle, WA. Artist/Design Team Member & Design Team Leader with HB&B The Portico Group, URS Corp, and Winterbottom Design
As part of Seattle’s “Millennium Project and Urban Creeks Legacy”, this 5-acre creek restoration provides improved fish passage, drainage, and habitat. It also offers a sequence of outdoor rooms that allows people to discover the creek environment while protecting wildlife habitat. The “Salmon Bone Bridge” and “Dragonfly Garden” are inspired by the species that inhabit the site and illuminate the wonders of the watershed. They also demonstrate sustainable strategies such as the improvement of salmon habitat and water wise gardening.
2005-2007 “Trinity River Cascade”, Fort Worth, TX. Artist
Located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the “Trinity River Cascade” is an urban grotto and environmental artwork activated with an experience of flows – water, light, vehicular, and pedestrian. The project encompasses a river, upland area, weir, and parkway underpass. The weir becomes a pedestrian crossing intersected with rounded spillways to accommodate the river’s normal flows. Cascades and terraced pools cleanse and aerate river water while terraced banks provide multiple river access points. Light artworks respond to the movement of people, water, and vehicles.
2007 “Winslow Illuminated”, Bainbridge Island, WA. Artist
Capturing the poetic interplay of water, light, and gardens that define Bainbridge Island, “Winslow Illuminated” is a series of tableaux and tributaries along the island’s main street. The names of the tableaux and tributaries are double entendres that suggest poetic forms and expressions of water as well as items one would find within shops along main streets: sheets, springs, mirrors, veils, chains, and ladders.
2004-2007 “David L. Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Park”, Pittsburgh, PA. Artist, Design Team Member with LaQuatra Bonci and ARUP
Serving as a vital link along the Allegheny River, this park in downtown Pittsburgh provides a new riverfront address for a new convention center. The design expresses the dramatic relationship between city and river with an urban expression of river processes. The park also incorporates sustainable principles and a refined aesthetic to complement the “green” convention center by architect Rafael Vinoly.
2001-2002 “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow”. Seattle, WA. Artist, Lead; with Mithun, Heartland, and Coughlin Porter Lundeen
As part of the “Blue Ring”, Seattle’s downtown open space strategy, the artist provided schematic designs for a pilot project called “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow”. Using thoroughfares and gathering places as metaphoric urban streams with flows and eddies, the design applies a new typology of the street as urban watershed – demonstrating poetic and functional ways to capture, reveal, use, and reuse water. A promenade and sequence of outdoor rooms support a variety of activities.
1994-1997 “Justice Garden Path”. King County Arts Commission, Kent, WA. King County Regional Justice Center. Artist, with Paul Sorey.
The front entry for the Regional Justice Center is a living artwork consisting of two intertwining paths, circular perennial gardens, trees, and a vine-covered pergola. The two pathways form a braid, linking the civic building to the downtown community. This garden is designed to address and heal contradictions associated with the justice system.
1990-1996 “Waterworks Gardens”. King County Cultural Resources Division and King County Water Pollution Control Division. East Division Reclamation Plant in Renton, WA. Artist, Planning/Design Team Lead; with B&C Consulting Engineers, Jones & Jones, and Shannon & Wilson.
“Waterworks Gardens” is an environmental artwork and earth/water sculpture located on the northern border of a water reclamation plant. The project naturally treats stormwater, enhances an on-site wetland, provides five garden rooms, and creates eight acres of new open space for public use. With the garden as the conceptual framework, the project communicates a story about the purification of water. Landforms, plantings, water bodies, and garden rooms are expressed abstractly as a large-scale flowering plant, symbolizing the power of plants to cleanse water. The progression of five garden rooms engages the visitor on an intimate scale and follows the story of the water’s cycle: impure, working, mysterious, beautiful, and life-sustaining.
1994 “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat”. Public Art Fund, New York, NY. Artist, Planning Lead; Commission to create a plan for the reclamation of Paerdegat Basin. Created in collaboration with The Portico Group and in consultation with the New York Dept. of Environmental Protection.
This project addresses the rejuvenation and ecological enhancement of the polluted waters and shoreline of Paerdegat Basin in east Brooklyn. A steel observation deck shaped like a horseshoe magnet stands at the head of the basin, symbolizing the desire to pull the forces of nature back into the city. The plantings, grading, shoreline, and garden spaces express the dynamic forces activated as the symbolic magnet sweeps over the site. The project also includes a series of garden follies that serve as metaphors for the battle between the cultivated landscape and the natural succession patterns of untamed nature.
ART PLANNING & DESIGN
2005-2006 “Currents & Eddies: towards an aesthetic confluence of people, water, nature, and built environment”, San Antonio, TX. Artist, Planning/Design Team Leader with Bender Wells Clark Design
This public art master plan with two conceptual designs aims to establish a creative vision for the San Antonio River – its habitats, natural processes, infrastructure, pathways, outdoor rooms, and aesthetic elements – with a series of unexpected and changing experiences. The plan encompasses 14 miles of river improvements. Conceived as a system of currents and eddies, artworks enrich the journey along an aesthetically cohesive river pathway linking historic, natural, cultural and recreational features. The plan includes conceptual designs for two major public art projects conceived as theaters. “The Grotto Theater” references the caves of the Edwards Aquifer and the craft found within the downtown River Walk. “The Confluence Theater” is inspired by human history (missions, celebrations, and water infrastructure); natural phenomena (flooding, drought, and springs); and ecology (habitat, wildlife, and plants).
2002-2004 “A Theater of Regeneration: towards an aesthetic of layers, loops, & lenses”. Broward County, FL. Artist, Design Team Leader
This arts master plan and environmental art project is part a $400 million bond. The bond aims to preserve and reclaim approximately 1,425 acres of conservation land, green space and open space and to repair and enhance the County’s aging park system. The Art Plan conceptualizes, locates, and links a series of environmental art projects that become both stage set and player in the unfolding drama of landscape ecology. Focusing on the story of water from everglades to ocean, the projects weave together three themes: layers of meaning, loops of physical and process-based connections, and lenses of jewel-like artworks, performances, and activities. The drama and dynamics set in motion by the interplay of layers, loops, and lenses will yield a “Theater of Regeneration”.
2005-2006 “SH-121/Southwest Parkway”, Fort Worth, TX. Artist, Design Team Member with HOK, HNTB, Carter & Burgess, Prime Strategies, and Kittleson & Associates
SH-121 is a new $800 million parkway in Fort Worth that connects commercial areas, a cultural district, neighborhoods, and natural areas. The artist is considering the new parkway’s place within the larger Trinity River watershed; the parkway driving experience; and neighborhood connections. Integrated artworks pertain to ecological infrastructure, earthworks, waterworks, underpasses, and gateways.
2001-2002 “The Blue Ring: Connecting Places, Seattle’s Open Space Strategy for Center City”. Seattle, WA. Artist, Design Team Member; with Mithun, Heartland, and Coughlin Porter Lundeen
With the enhancement of Seattle’s urban ecosystem as a guiding principle, this project addresses open space opportunities and connections in the downtown core. The artist participated in development of the overall conceptual framework and provided schematic designs for a pilot project called “Westlake Gardens: Urban Watershed as Urban Flow”. Using thoroughfares and gathering places as metaphoric urban streams with flows and eddies, the design applies a new typology of the street as urban watershed – demonstrating poetic and functional ways to capture, reveal, use, and reuse water. A promenade and sequence of outdoor indoor rooms support a variety of activities.
1997-1999 “Seattle Public Utilities’ Artist-in-Residence & Arts Master Plan”. Seattle Arts Commission. Seattle, WA.
This residency within a city utility included creation of a city-wide Arts Master Plan identifying possibilities for artist-generated projects related to the community’s water. The artist proposed a program called Watershed Illuminations which engages people in an exploration of a variety of watersheds.
SELECTED INSTALLATIONS & SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1993 Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID. “Altered Space: Four Created Environments”. Installation: “Dominion”.
1991Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID. “Yard Art”. Installation: “Eden II: The All-Electric Garden”.
1991 Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. “Night Gallery”. Installation: “Sway”.
1990 Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. Goodwill Arts Festival. “Low Technology: Artist-Made Machines”. Installation: “Eden II: The All-Electric Garden”.
1990 Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, WA. “Eden II: A Garden for the Post-Natural World. Collaborative installation”.
1989 Cliff Michel Gallery, Seattle, WA. Solo exhibition.
1989 Fuller/Elwood Gallery, Seattle, WA. Solo exhibition.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 Broward Cultural Division, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, FL. “Design Broward”.
2009 Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, WA. “Land & Flora & Water”, Curated by Jim McDonald.
2005 City of Portland Environmental Services, Portland, OR. “Landscapes for Rain: The Art of Stormwater”.
2003-04 Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Hendersonville, NC. “On the Road Again…Creative Transportation Design”.
2003-04 City of Seattle, King County, and the Design Resource Institute, Seattle, WA. “Sustainable Connections: Art, Architecture, & Product Design”.
2002 The Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA. “The Ibis Project”.
1998 Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, WA. “Springs Eternal”.
1994-95PaineWebber Gallery, New York, NY. “Urban Paradise: Gardens in the City”. A Project of The Public Art Fund. Traveled to Lehman College, New York, NY, and The Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1991 Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA. “Collaborators”.
1989 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. “Washington to Washington”. Traveled to Washington State University Art Museum, Pullman, WA.
1989 911 Contemporary Arts Center, Seattle, WA. “Civilization: Works on Walls”.
1988 Cliff Michel Gallery, Seattle, WA. “Assemblage”.
1987 The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY. “The Second Emerging Expressions Biennial: The Artist and the Computer”.
1985Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. “Neo York/Seattle”.
SELECTED VOLUNTEER AFFILIATIONS
2005-2006 Waterfront Partners Group, Seattle, WA. Group advises on, advocates for, and advances a bold and unique vision for the future of Seattle’s Central Waterfront.
2006 Fort Worden Planning Advisory Committee, Port Townsend, WA.
1987-2000 On the Boards, a contemporary performance center, Seattle, WA. Board member. Board president, 1997-99.
1992-1995 Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA. Commissioner. Vice-Chair of the Commission in 1995, Chair of the Public Art Committee in 1994.
4culture, Renton, WA & Kent, WA
Cheney Cowles Museum, Spokane, WA
Davis Wright Tremaine, Seattle, WA
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University, Washington, D.C.
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Public Art Fund, New York, NY
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle, WA
Scottsdale Public Art Program, Scottsdale, AZ
Tempe Cultural Services, Tempe, AZ
Washington State Arts Commission, Kingston, WA; Silverdale WA; Tacoma, WA; & Lynnwood, WA
SELECTED LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
2010 Seattle Art Museum and the Cascade Land Conservancy, “SAM Talks: Pivotal Perspectives”, Seattle, WA. Panel Discussion: “Art and Environmental Advocacy: A Dialogue.”
2009 National Performance Network, 2009 Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN. Idea Forum: “Artists Pioneering Hybrid Careers.”
2009 WateReuse Association, 2009 Annual Symposium, “Poetic Utilities: Artists Re-imagine Water Infrastructure” Seattle, WA. Lecture: “Addressing Watersehd Environments by Blending Sculpture, Ecology, Architecture Infrastructure, and Theater.”
2009 Calgary Public Art Program, “The Impact of Public Art on a Community”, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Lecture and Panel: “Lorna Jordan Studio – Environmental Artworks”.
2009 Americans for the Arts, 2009 Annual Meeting, “Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities”, Seattle, WA. Panel Discussion: “Art That Works: The Expressive Potential of Art in an Emerging Eco-Society”.
2009 Americans for the Arts, 2009 Annual Meeting, “Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities”, Seattle, WA. Panel Discussion: “The Arts and Sustainability: Building New Bridges by Tracking New Indicators.”
2009 Community Indicators Consortium, “Community Indicators as Tools for Social Change”. Lecture and Panel Discussion: “The Arts and Sustainability – building new bridges by tracking new indicators”
2008 Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, “Green Art: What Does ‘Sustainable Design’ Mean in Public Art”, Seattle, WA. Presentation and Panel Discussion.
2005 Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, 2005 Annual Meeting, “Lay of the Land”, Austin, TX. Lecture & Panel Discussion: “Planning for Parks and Green Spaces: Common Problems, Uncommon Solutions”.
2004 Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Tertulia: “Recent Works” with Mario Schetjen.
2004 Florida Atlantic Planning Society, Fort Lauderdale, FL. “Excellence in Planning” Series. Lecture: “Theater of Regeneration: towards an aesthetic if layers, loops, & lenses”.
2003 American Institute of Architects, Seattle, WA. “Urban Open Space: Sustainable Visions, Seattle City Center Open Space & Connections”. Lecture.
2003 Grantmakers in the Arts, Seattle, WA. Lecture: “Environmental Art: Trends & Case Studies”.
2002 Washington Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Fall Expo, “Assessing Olmsted at 100 Years: Landscapes of Connection,” Lecture: “Theaters of Reclamation: Water, Landscape Art, & Ecology”.
2002 Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Dusseldorf, Germany. “Schokoladenseite: New Promenades – Movement in the cities”, part of the International Symposium on the Relationship between Garden and City, Lecture: “Public Gardens and the Poetics of Water”.
2001 Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University, Washington, D.C. Lecture: “Public Gardens and The Renewed Poetics of Water in the City”.
2001 Seattle Arts Commission, “Public Art 101” conference, Seattle, WA. Lecture and Panel Discussion: “Artists-in-Residence: Creating a Link Between the City and the People it Serves”
2001 University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning Lecture Series, Seattle, WA. Lecture: “The Garden as Theater”.
2001 Philanthropy Northwest, “Meaningful Philanthropy” conference, Stevenson, WA. Lecture and Panel Discussion, “Growing Activism”.
2001 Society of Ecological Restoration, Northwest Chapter, “Beyond Good Intentions” conference, Seattle, WA. Organizer for “Art and Restoration” sessions. Lecture: “Illuminating our Watersheds”.
1998 University of Minnesota, Lecture Series “Designing Suburbia”. Minneapolis, MN. Lecture: “Public Works as Public Art”. Co-sponsored by the Weisman Art Museum and The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
1998 Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Lecture: “The Deepening Role of Art in Environmental Infrastructure Projects”. Co-sponsored by the Art and Environmental Science Departments.
1998 Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, “Waterworks: a symposium on art and water”, Cambridge, MA. Organized by the Cambridge Arts Council and co-sponsored by the Harvard University Art Museums and the Office for the Arts at Harvard and Radcliffe. Lecture: “Waterworks Gardens”
1997 American Society of Landscape Architects, 1997 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA. Lecture: “Water, Ecological Restoration, and Environmental Art: Connecting Nature and Culture”.
1997 Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Gallery talk regarding installation art: “Inside”.
1997 University of Washington, Department of Landscape Architecture, Seattle, WA, “Sustainability: From Ethics to Action”. Lecture and Field Trip: “Waterworks Gardens”
1996 Network for Local Arts in Washington State, Olympia, WA. Lecture and Panel Discussion: “Art and Public Infrastructure: Working from the Ground Up”.
1995 Society for Ecological Restoration, Northwest Chapter, University of WA., Seattle, WA. Lecture and Panel Discussion: “Art and Restoration”.
1995 Cooper Union, New York, New York. “Urban Paradise: Gardens in the City symposium.” Lecture: “The Pull: Wild Gardens at Paerdegat”.
1994 2nd Thursday Discussion, “Reflex” magazine. Artist’s Talk with Buster Simpson: “…Learning from Las Vegas & Beyond: Eco-Art in Urban Context”.