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Awardee: Bruce Chao

Visual Arts, 2005

Bruce Chao’s sculptures have been exhibited throughout the United States at spaces such as the Smithsonian Museum of Art, PS 1 in New York, The Mississippi Museum of Art and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Internationally he has shown at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, and the Fortress of Asperon in Leerdam, Holland, among others. His grants and fellowships include a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA United States/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship and several NEA Individual Artist Fellowships, as well as Fellowships from the Ohio State Arts Council. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim award. Chao teaches full-time at the Rhode Island School of Design; he received his MFA there in 1975.

Project: Sculpture In Trees

_Sculpture In Trees_ is a series of outdoor sculptural works sited in trees and the forest canopy. Constructed of lumber, small saplings, industrial cabling, and PVC pipe, these pieces represent human intervention into the natural world, built in sympathetic harmony (or contrasting dissonance) with the surrounding environment, _Sculpture in Trees_ draws historical allusions to the traditions of both Japanese and Western gardens.