After more than three years of planning and preparation, internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty visited Wichita, Kansas to create a historic, site-specific public art installation at Mark Arts. The distinguished artist, whose work has been exhibited around the world, as well as at major galleries and museums, worked alongside more than 100 community volunteers to harvest the materials and create the structure, titled “Oh Give Me A Home.” Stickwork Tours are available for small groups and school visitors upon request. To schedule, please contact [email protected].

Image: Roots performance featuring Wichita State University School of Performing Arts dancers and choreographers Cheyla Clawson Chandler and Mina Estrada. 

About the Artist

Patrick Dougherty was selected for his artistic vision and long track record of successful large-scale, community building sculpture projects. Dougherty earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture. Combining his carpentry skills and his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, Maple body Wrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. Over the last thirty-some years, he has built more than 300 monumental-scale works around the world.


Meditation at Stickwork

Join our Monthly Meditation series at Mark Arts, led by Melanie Samo. Melanie is the founder of Mūla Rising Meditation Studio, a sanctuary in Wichita, KS, where she guides and instructs meditation practices. Weather permitting, these rejuvenating sessions will be held outdoors in the uplifting ambiance of our Stickwork sculpture. Taking place on the final Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., this series offers an opportunity to connect with nature and cultivate inner peace while surrounded by art and creation.


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