Dumbarton Oaks Park group selects artist-in-residence

Sophia McCrocklin will be Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy's artist-in-residence. (photo courtesy of Sophia McCrocklin)

The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy has launched a new artist-in-residence program, giving its inaugural award to local D.C. artist Sophia McCrocklin.

The program aims to “restore, promote and maintain Beatrix Ferrand’s masterpiece wild garden,” according to a news release. Ferrand is the landscape designer who orchestrated the garden of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in the 1920s — land that is now part of the 27-acre public Dumbarton Oaks Park.

The park conservancy group says McCrocklin won the artist-in-residence title based on her growing body of work titled “Ferns of Dumbarton.”

In her new position, McCrocklin will create “Art in the Park” lesson plans and “act as ambassador to further engage the community in restoration of Dumbarton Oaks Park,” a news release says.