Sculpture Parks and Gardens are preeminent locations worldwide dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary sculpture. The ISC directory features comprehensive listings of domestic and international Sculpture Parks and Gardens, searchable by geographic
location or featured works and artists. We encourage you to visit these locations to partake in the experience where sculpture meets nature.
Grounds For Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Opened to the public in 1992, it has become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey,
welcoming and enchanting over 3 million visitors since then.
Founded by artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson, the nonprofit Grounds For Sculpture presents and conserves an exceptional collection of contemporary sculpture, offers outstanding programming for all ages, and provides rotating exhibitions
in six indoor galleries.
Cabin Creek by Deborah Butterfield_Photo by William J Hebert
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Socrates Director to step down in coming year October 15 - Art Daily - LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- John Hatfield, Executive Director
of Socrates Sculpture Park since 2012, has announced his plans to step down after nine years leading the outdoor sculpture park.
City Sculpture Park October 13 - The CW 50 - City Sculpture is an art park displaying the large-scale work of longtime Cass
Corridor artist Robert Sestok.
Featured Sculpture Parks & Gardens
Mike Whiting, Bird. Photo courtesy of the artist
Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park celebrates contemporary sculpture and nature through its 2020 Art & Ecology Initiative. Open for free 365 days a year and serving over 150,000 annual visitors, Franconia provides physically and intellectually
wide-open spaces that inspire new ways of thinking through access to sculpture, performance, installation and land art. Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota, Franconia operates a 43-acre outdoor museum,
active artist residency program, and unique public programs.
Inaugurated in 1999, the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail established Cheekwood Estate & Gardens as a premiere destination for outdoor contemporary sculpture in the Southeast United States. The Carell Trail
features ten permanent pieces by a diverse group of internationally-recognized sculptors, installed along an approximately 1.5-mile trail on Cheekwood’s 55-acre grounds.
The Gardens collects art to inspire, educate and inform, further connecting people with the natural world. Mostly botanical in nature, the art collection contains more than 1,200 works, including engravings, etchings, drawings
and paintings. In addition, sculpture in a variety of media complements garden spaces year-round.
Tim Hawkinson, Bear, 2005. Photo: Philipp Scholz Rittermann
San Diego, CA
The Stuart Collection commissions works of art for the 1200-acre campus of the University of California San Diego. Since 1981, twenty major, permanent works have been completed and three new projects are currently in progress.
These pieces are scattered throughout the campus and have become a significant enhancement to the UCSD experience, inspiring imagination, curiosity, delight and a sense of wonder among students, faculty, staff and the broader
Founded by Detroit artist David Barr to connect art, nature and history together into one experience - the park maintains a collection of 50 artworks on 30 acres of wooded trails and hosts exhibits and residencies.
Josephine Sculpture Park features a rotating exhibit of 70 works on 30 acres of reclaimed farmland. They provide creative experiences while conserving the beauty of the rural landscape. JSP supports arts & expression,
builds community & conserves Kentucky's natural & cultural heritage by providing tours, hands-on exhibitions, festivals, artist residencies, conservation walks, concerts & workshops.
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences, and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting, and provides educational experiences that encourage the understanding
and appreciation of sculpture.
We invite Sculpture Parks and Gardens to join the ISC at the Organizational member - Associate level. This membership includes 10 copies of each issue of Sculpture, online Member Profile with unlimited photo
gallery to showcase your art organization, an enhanced listing in ISC Resource Directory, acknowledgment of support in every issue of Sculpture & on the ISC's website, discounts at ISC conference’s
trade fairs and on advertisements in Sculpture and more. For a full list of Associate level benefits and to join the ISC visit our Membership Page.
The ISC offers a wide array of opportunities for Sculpture Parks and Gardens to share their stories with our community. You can be featured on this website, in our newsletters, at one of our events, or within
the pages of Sculpture magazine. Sculpture includes an annual, dedicated section, allowing Sculpture Parks and Gardens to promote their events and collections by presenting custom content to our readers.
If you would like your Park or Garden highlighted by the International Sculpture Center, please contact our Business Development Director Kate Shanley at 917-804-4642
for more information.
The ISC offers a comprehensive directory of Sculpture Parks and Gardens worldwide. Use the search feature at the top of this page to search our directory using specific criteria such as geographic location
or featured artists.
The International Sculpture Center published "Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks," in collaboration with the University of Washington Press in September 2008. This publication surveys a wide
range of sculpture parks and gardens in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Australia, Lithuania, China, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, India, Latvia, Sweden, and Finland (among others) that focus on contemporary
art—from well-established, museum-type institutions to small-scale, non-collecting, experimental programs. Available for purchase in the ISC Store.
To be included in the search results you must be a current ISC member who has made their profile visible to the community. In the about section of your profile, be sure to select “Park or Garden” as your
preferred listing type from the Resource Directory Listing field. For assistance in completing these steps, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.