Dan Ladd Biography


2013 Gottlieb Foundation Grant recipient.

National Endowment for the Arts Grant for DeCordova and Dana Museum and Sculpture Park Bannister Trees commission. 1990

Art Matters, Inc. Monetary Award. 1986


Hobson, Jake, "The Art of Creative Pruning", Timber Press, London 2011. ISBN 978-1-60469-114-6

Zadick, Madelaine, "Plants as Artistic Creations", Botanic Garden News, The Botanic Garden of Smith College, Fall 2011

Scheidler, Andrea, "Dan Ladd Takes Art to Its Natural Limit" BRATTLEBORO REFORMER. October 12, 2006

"Moulded Gourds", VESCH MAGAZINE photo essay. Kiev, Ukraine, Fall, 2006

Cassidy, Patti. "Forsooth," ACREAGE LIFE. April, 2006, Saskatchewan, Canada

Temin, Christine, "Plant Images Sprouting with Life", THE BOSTON GLOBE. Sept. 26, 2003

Lloyd, Ann Wilson, "Extreme Nature", unpublished catalogue for solo art show, University of Massachusetts, February, 2000.

Zimmer, William, "The Body, Ever the Subject, Never Out Of Style." NEW YORK TIMES, August 8, 1999

"Silo Meets Satellite Dish In the New New England" By Grace Glueck, Art Review, The New York Times, Sept. 4, 1998

Fifield, George, "It's Alive: Artists Work with Living Tissue", ART NEW ENGLAND April/May, 1998. Vol 19, Number 3




Selected exhibitions and grafted tree projects.


Tree Signage and Areas of Intrigue. Smith College, MacLeish Field Station.


Installation of Four Wickets, four Sycamore tree arches commission, Bechtel Environmental Center, Smith College, MacLeish Field Station.


Shaping Plants: Fruits, Shoots and Roots. A survey of the work of Dan Ladd. Church Gallery, Smith College Botanical Conservatory, Smith College, Northampton, MA.


Botanical architecture demonstration exhibits at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Queeche, Vermont. Comprising grafted tree sculptures and forms.

Stone Walnut and Arch Walnut at Walnut Acres, Iowa City Iowa, in conjunction with David Dunlap, University of Iowa, Studio Arts Department. Two grafted tree forms.

Tilt Sycamores, three trees for Halls High School Outdoor classroom, Knoxville, Tennessee. With TN Water Resources Research Center, Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, University of Tennessee. Grafted trees sculpture in outdoor classroom.


Sycamore Bench and Crepe Myrtle Arch. at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden, Gainesville, Florida.


Lattice X Trees, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Daniel Chester French National Historic sight, Stockbridge, MA. June-October


Plant Matter, New Art Center, Newton, Ma., Sept.- Oct.


Three Arches. Three Sycamore tree arches, Pittsburgh, commission. At the Frank Curto Park, Bigalow Blvd., under auspices of the Studio for Creative Inquiry, College of Art, Carnegie Mellon Univ.,and the City of Pittsburgh. June- July


Tree and Marble Block, invited commission. Tree planted over a marble block. The Carving Studio, West Rutland, Vermont. August


Solo Exhibit, Extreme Nature, University of Massachusetts Hampden Gallery, Amherst, Mass. Jan. 28 - Feb.29


Nature Process, Univ.California San Diego Art Gallery, LaJolla, Ca.,Oct.2 - Dec.12

The Nude, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield,Conn. June 6 - Sept. 12

The Invitational Exhibit of Painting and Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City March 14 - April 11