Landscape Architecture

  • Laurel McSherry, Walk Calendar

    Digital drawing on mylar, 2018-2019

Laurel McSherry: A Book of Days

Friday, June 21, 2019Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34 Street (Housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building)

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm; Wednesday 10:00am to 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00pm.

Admission is free for all. Visit the project website to learn more about ecological design and Design With Nature Now events.


A Book of Days is a collection of works by Glasgow School of Art Fulbright Fellow Laurel McSherry exploring material, place and time through printmaking, drawing and photography. A native of New Jersey, McSherry is an associate professor and director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center. Inspired by the natural and cultural histories of the Clyde and the Delaware River Valleys, A Book of Days engages reoccurring themes in McSherry’s award-winning design and watershed-related research, including memory, latency, sacrifice and resolve.

Organized as part of Design With Nature Now, a multi-platform exploration of the legacy of visionary environmental planner and landscape architect Ian McHarg, Laurel McSherry: A Book of Days is curated by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, executive director, Arthur Ross Gallery.

Design With Nature Now marks the official launch of the Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, an interdisciplinary think tank at Penn that brings environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policy-makers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

A forthcoming book from Lincoln Institute of Land Policy documents the three exhibitions and extends the dialogue on ecological design with reflections by leading scholars and practitioners including James Corner, Erle Ellis, Ursula Heise, Laurie Olin, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, David Orr, and Anne Whiston Spirn.

Major support for Design With Nature Now has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the J & AR Foundation, the Patron’s Circle of the Arthur Ross Gallery, and The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.