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).