Kenyon College

The Art of Trees Visiting Artist Talk with Kaye Lynn Johnson ’81

October 17, 2019 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The Art of Trees: A new social imaginary in the face of environmental crisis 

This program explores the vital and redemptive role of trees in affirming shared human experiences and restoring our kinship with nature. Critically analyzing how we appreciate, live with, use, destroy, and represent trees in life, art, science, and the humanities, this speaker series will interrogate our changing relationship with the natural world in the midst of environmental crisis.

Visiting Artist: Kaye Lynn Johnson ‘81, Senior Landscape Architect and VP for Design, the Collaborative

Kaye Lynn Johnson’s work for the Collaborative moves people toward a more harmonious and respectful relationship with nature. She will discuss her master plan and design for the historic Bartram’s Garden along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA, considered to be the first botanical garden in the United States. The master plan interweaves the garden’s history with modern needs and functions.

Thursday, October 17, 5:30-6:30 PM

A public reception will be held in the Fischman Lobby from 4:30-5:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

A photograph of Kaye Lynn Johnson

About Kaye Lynn Johnson ’81

Johnson is Senior Vice President of Design for the Collaborative, a nationwide urban planning, landscape architecture and communications firm based in Boston. At Kenyon she majored in studio art, specializing in sculpture, and earned a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In addition to her work designing and building places, parks and environments around the country, she has taught design and construction at Rutgers University and Rhode Island School of Design. She has fond memories of Kenyon where her work in three dimensions began in the basement of Bexley Hall figuring out how to make a three-dimensional curve out of matboard.

Full Art of Trees Schedule

All Art of Trees events are free and open to the public.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.