Ferns of Dumbarton opening reception

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Join us for the opening reception of “Ferns of Dunbarton,” a new exhibition featuring twelve large-scale fiber sculptures of ferns by acclaimed artist Sophia McCrocklin, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The works are selected from her larger body of work, “Ferns of Dumbarton,” documenting the ferns of Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, DC. McCrocklin’s sculptures are made of Dacron and copper wire, sewn, cut, painted and meticulously detailed—each piece taking roughly six months to complete. In this work McCrocklin strives to “give a voice to the forest, to promote it and to raise awareness of its’ intrinsic value in our lives and our planet.”

Exhibition on view April 2-30, 2020

Ferns of DunbartonAbout the Artist

Born in New York City and raised in the Appalachian foothills of Kentucky, McCrocklin graduated from Smith College, studied textiles at Penland School of Crafts, earned a J.D. from the University of Louisville, and practiced law at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was named as the first Artist-in-Residence in 2017 for the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy in Washington, D.C. She was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2019 and 2020 for her recent work.


Related Programming (all events at The Writer’s Center)

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 2

Climate Change: Through a Literary Lens
Saturday, April 18

If Ferns Could Talk…
A symposium hosted by Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
Thursday, April 23


About Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization working to restore the 27-acre Dumbarton Oaks Park, formerly part of Dumbarton Oaks estate in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The estate represents the finest work of Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect and one of eleven founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects.