biography

GYÖNGY LAKY 's sculptural forms are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States.  Internationally, her work has been exhibited in France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Lithuania, Colombia, the Philippines and China (with one-person exhibitions in Spain, Denmark and England). She is also known for her outdoor site-specific installations which have occurred in the US, Canada, England, France, Austria and Bulgaria.

A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Laky was also one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program.   Her work is in many permanent collections including the San Francisco MOMA, The Smithsonian's Renwick Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu and others (see "Collections"). 

She was one of a team of three to develop a comprehensive Arts Master Plan for the new state-of
-the-art, 130 acre, Federal Food and Drug Administration campus being built in Maryland.  Her work is featured in a video, by Odyssey Video (England), and is included in over 20 books.  In 2003, Portfolio Series: Gyöngy Laky, by Janet Koplos, was published in England ( Telos Art Publishing) and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, released her oral history. 

Laky was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1944 and emigrated to the United States as a small child.  She graduated from Carmel High School and completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (1967-1971).  Postgraduate work followed with the UC Professional Studies Program in India .  Upon her return, she founded the internationally recognized Fiberworks, Center for the Textile Arts, in  Berkeley, with accredited undergraduate and graduate programs.  She is a professor emerita of the University of California, Davis (Chair, Department of Art, 1995-1997).