Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance, Visual Art – installation

Lorna Jordan

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance, Visual Art – installation
Region: Seattle, WA
MacDowell fellowships: 1994

Lorna Jordan graduated, with honors, from University of Virginia to earn her bachelor of arts. She later studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. Jordan's art engages communities with place by blurring the boundaries between sculpture, ecology, architecture, and theater. Her work expresses a "systems aesthetic" and provides a dramatic play between form, process, and event. She has received numerous awards for her innovative environments including two EDRA/Places Awards for both Planning and Design, a national ASLA Honor Award for her work with Mithun on the Blue Ring, and two local ASCE awards for the Longfellow Creek Habitat Improvement Project and Waterworks Gardens. The diversity of the awards reflects the interdisciplinary character of Jordan’s work. Jordan has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally at Harvard University’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Bund Deutscher Architekten in Dusseldorf Germany, the University of Washington’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the Florida Atlantic Planning Society. She also moderated art and restoration sessions for the Society for Ecological Restoration conference and was awarded a three month fellowship in Italy where she studied Italian garden as theater.



Lorna Jordan worked in the Cheney studio.

Cheney Studio was given to MacDowell by Mrs. Benjamin P. Cheney and Mrs. Karl Kauffman. Like Barnard Studio, Cheney is a low, broadly massed bungalow. Sited on a steep westward slope, its porches are supported on wooden posts and fieldstone with lattices. Although it still retains its appealing character, the original design of the shingled building…

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