Feb 27th 2019

Ron Henderson named Artist-in-Residence by National Park Service

The National Park Service has selected Professor Ron Henderson, Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program, as a 2019 Artist-in-Residence.

Professor Henderson is the first landscape architect to receive this competitive residency at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. During his Summer 2019 residency, Professor Henderson will draw -- in orihon Japanese folding sketchbooks -- landscapes of the Indiana Dunes where the individual character of trees is distinguished by responses to unique, often harsh, ecological conditions such as wind shear, sedimentation inundation, and groundwater migration. His work completed during the residency will be the subject of a subsequent exhibition at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and one of the sketchbooks will be added to the permanent collection of the National Park Service.

Professor Henderson is the recipient of several prior residencies and exhibitions. Sketchbooks from his Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship are the subject of a current exhibition at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. This exhibition was installed last year, and has been re- installed during the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival from mid-February to mid-April 2019.

In addition to this residency at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Professor Henderson has been artist- in-residence at Lijiang Studio (Yunnan Province, China), visiting scholar at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, Massachusetts USA), and led drawing workshops in 2018 at the Graham Foundation (Chicago, Illinois USA) and the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington USA). His work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island USA) and recent group exhibitions at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C., USA) and Design Miami (Miami, Florida USA).