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Name  Bonnie Sherk

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Bonnie Ora Sherk is an American landscape architect, planner, educator, international artist, and founder of "The Farm" and "A Living Library." Sherk is a professional artist who exhibits her work in museums and galleries around the world. Her work has also been published in art books, journals, and magazines.

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Career

Sherk is a developer of a systemic, place-based approach to environmental transformation and education which links systems - biological, cultural, technological. Integrated with such innovations, like Green-Powered Digital Gateways, Sherk's approach incorporates interdisciplinary, standards-based, hands-on learning, community ecological planning and design, and state-of-the-art communications and technologies. Sherk's goal is to integrate local resources: human, ecological, economic, historic, technological, and aesthetic - seem through the lens of time - to make relevant ecological transformations, which are integrated with hands-on learning opportunities and community programs.

Sherk will be participating in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Viva Arte Viva, May 13 - November 16, 2017.

Beliefs

In an interview with Peter Cavagnaro, Sherk shares her love and passion for the environment. She believes that the environment is a "beautiful" and "diverse" place and that it is the most practical place for art and to create transformation, because it has the ability to reach communities near and far.

A Living Library

A Living Library was Sherk's work that consisted of transforming buried urban streams and asphalted public spaces into thriving art gardens. She transformed these spaces in order to build education centers for children in communities in San Francisco and New York City.

Public Launch

Public Lunch was one of Sherk's most well-known performance pieces. The piece consisted of Bonnie eating lunch in cages with various animals, such as lions and tigers, at the San Francisco Zoo. She did this on a Saturday at 2pm, during normal feeding time and prime spectator watching.

Awards, Honors, & Selected Grants

  • 2013-14 : Metabolic Studio of Annenberg Foundation - Branch Living Library & Think Parks
  • 2012-13 : SF Public Utilities Commission – Branch Living Library & Think Parks
  • 2012-16 : California Strategic Growth Council – Living Library Nature Walk
  • 2009 : San Francisco Foundation – Capacity Building
  • 2009-14 : RIOC – Roosevelt Island Living Library at PS/IS 217
  • 2002-16 : DCYF- Multiple Year Grants for SF Branch Living Library Programs
  • 2007-12 : California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk
  • 2006 : Appointed by SF Board of Supervisors to SF Urban Forestry Council
  • 2005 : San Francisco Foundation for South Bernal Heights Living Library
  • 2003 : California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 2003 : The Ford Foundation for OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park (San Francisco) and Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park (NYC) Programs
  • 2002-07 : Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families for OMI / Excelsior & South Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Programs
  • 2002-04 : Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Beautification for OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 2002 : SF Art Commission for OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 2002 : SF Mayor’s Office of Community Development to develop Conceptual Master Plan for South Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park
  • 2001 : SF Mayor’s Office of Community Development to develop Conceptual Master Plan for OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 2000 : Named a Laureate of the Smithsonian Institution for A Living Library
  • 2000 : A Living Library becomes part of the permanent research collection of Smithsonian's Museum of American History and featured on the Smithsonian Computerworld Website
  • 2000 : A Living Library & Life Frames, Inc. nominated for Smithsonian Computerworld Award in the category of "Environment, Energy, & Agriculture" by Steve Jobs of Apple Computers, Inc.
  • 2000 : San Francisco Beautiful Grant - OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 1999 : Named "Outstanding Healing Artist of the Arts & Healing Network for the Year 2001" by Marion Rockefeller Weber, Founder & Director, Arts & Healing Network
  • 1999 : Miranda Lux Foundation - OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park
  • 1999 : Potrero Nuevo Fund of the Tides Foundation - OMI / Excelsior Living Library & Think Park Program
  • 1996-97 : San Francisco Foundation Grant - Civic Center Living Library Project
  • 1996-97 : Columbia Foundation Grant for Civic Center Living Library Project
  • 1996 : "Biennial Honor Award, ASLA, l995 (Northern California Chapter) - "Building & Community" - for Guadalupe Gardens Master Plan, San Jose. Member Design Team with Tito Patri
  • 1993 : Member design team, St. Vincent's/Silveira Ranch, New Sustainable Living `Learning Community As A Life Frame, San Rafael, California, 3rd place, National Competition
  • 1987 : Redesign of Todos Santos Plaza- Concord, Ca. National Competition, Runner-Up Winner. Collaboration with Mark Bunnell, ASLA
  • 1980; 1975 : NEA Individual Artist's Fellowships
  • 1975-79 : CAC Grants
  • 1977 : San Francisco Tomorrow Environment Award
  • 1976-79 : NEA Grants: Expansion Arts, Architecture & Environmental Arts, City Spirit, Visual Arts
  • 1974-80 : Numerous Foundation Grants for THE FARM
  • 1975-79 : California Arts Council Project Grants
  • 1973 : San Francisco Art Commission Merit Award
  • 1970 : MADEMOISELLE MAGAZINE Woman of the Year Award
  • 1970 : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award
  • References

    Bonnie Sherk Wikipedia