Gyongy Laky

Gyongy Laky


Bio

Born in Budapest, Hungary, GYONGY LAKY's sculptures and temporary site specific works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, France, Sweden, Italy, Holland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines and China with solo shows in England, Spain, Denmark and Hungary. Large works were commissioned in California by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program for the Social Security Administration, Richmond, and by Sacramento for the City Council Chambers. A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Laky’s work is in museum collections in Europe and the United States, including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum of American Art, in Washington, D.C., The Oakland Museum of California among others. In 2002-03, she was one of a team of three to develop a comprehensive Arts Master Plan for the new state-of-the-art, Federal Food and Drug Administration campus being built in Maryland. In 2003 the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, released her oral history. Her art has appeared in numerous books, magazines and catalogs in the US and abroad. April 2008, the New York Times Magazine commissioned her to create titles for its environmental issue (the titles received an award from the Type Directors Club). The Smithsonian Institution is assembling a collection of Laky's personal papers at the Archives of American Art. Laky is now professor emeritus, University of California, Davis, (chair, Department of Art mid-1990s, she also was a member of the Design faculty and the Division of Textiles & Clothing). Laky, an environmentalist and artist activist, was instrumental in developing Environmental Design at UCD as an independent department becoming a strong advocate for the establishment of an environmental sustainability curriculum in design and art. She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at UC Berkeley. Postgraduate work followed with the UC Professional Studies in India Program. The artist lives and works in San Francisco, California.