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George Trakas, Canadian sculptor. Recipient National Education Association fellowship, 1979, Guggenheim, 1983, America Academy Arts and Letters merit award, 1996.


Trakas, George was born on May 11, 1944 in Quebec, Canada.


Attended, Brookly Museum Art School, New York. Bachelor of Science, Hunter College, New York University.


Many of his projects are site-specific installations, and he describes himself as an environmental sculptor. He often recycles local materials and incorporates them into his work. Notable recent examples of his work include a waterfront nature walk at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn, New York.

Another waterfront installation adjacent to the Dia:Beacon museum in Beacon, New York. And public art in the New York City Subway at the Atlantic Avenue - Barclays Center station. Trakas taught sculpture at Yale University for 13 years and has also taught at other schools.

He graduated from Sir George Williams University in Montreal and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in art history at New York University in 1969. Emory University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011.


  • He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1989, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for Sculpture in 1996.


  • Other Work

    • Commissioned works Omaha Opportunities Industln. Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator, Seattle, Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia, Italy, Emory University, Atlanta, Western Washington University, Bellingham, World Center for Peace, Verdun, France. Group exhibitions include Pier 18, New York City, Museum Mod.

      Art, New York City, 1971, Guggenheim Museum (Theodoron awards), New York City, 1971, Walker Art Center, Minpls., Minnesota, 1977. Biennial, Whitney Museum Art, New York City, 1979, San Diego Museum Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Calif, 1989, La Museum Humlebaek, Denmark, 1989, Le Pont d'Epee au Creux de l'Enfer, Thiers, France, 1989, Todd Terrace, Washington State University, Pullman, 1992, Quint Krichman Projects, San Diego, California, 1992, Belmullet Bridge, Ireland, 1993, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, 1994, others.