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Exhibition: Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture
Through 03/17/2019 (more information)
Masayuki Koorida
sculpture
Exhibition: Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture
Synthetic Cells
Exhibition: Michael Rees: Synthetic Cells
Through 07/14/2019 (more information)
Michael Rees
Synthetic Cells
Exhibition: That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family
Through 12/31/2018 (more information)
Seward and Cecelia Johnson, Cambridge, MA, 1966
Photo Courtesy of the ARC Mercer
Seward and Cecelia Johnson, Cambridge, MA, 1966

Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
Phone: (609) 586-0616
Fax: (609) 586-0968
info@groundsforsculpture.org

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Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-6pm Open year-round.

  • Closed Mondays except Labor Day, Columbus Day and Memorial Day..
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • Also closed to the public for Members only events.
  • Grounds For Sculpture reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year.

Admission Prices
Adults: $18
Senior (65+): $15
Children (6-17 or w/ college ID): $10
Members and Children (5 and under): free

Accessibility
The Museum Building is fully accessible on the ground floor. A "Patron’s Guide" illustrating artworks installed on the small mezzanine is available at the Museum’s reception desk. The Visitor Center and the Domestic Arts Building are fully accessible. Accessible walkways allow for access to the 35-acre, landscaped sculpture park.

Free cart tours are available for guests with mobility challenges 11 AM-3 PM, Tuesday-Sunday. Advance reservations are recommended. Rent scooters and wheelchairs from the Welcome Center for a fee (limited availability).

About Grounds For Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), located in Hamilton, New Jersey (midway between Philadelphia and New York), is a forty-two acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum founded by Seward Johnson. Its collection features over 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions change seasonally in six indoor galleries. Offering rich educational programs, a robust schedule of performing arts, and fun family events, it is open year-round. Shopping and dining options complement every visit. For hours, admission prices, and a calendar of events, visit www.groundsforsculpture.org. Stay up to date at facebook.com/groundsforsculpture.

History of Grounds For Sculpture
In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, NJ. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture as an art form more accessible and to offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art. Grounds For Sculpture was conceived as a place where audiences could experience sculpture in a familiar, accessible, and informal setting.

Construction on the sculpture park began in 1989 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds; Grounds For Sculpture opened to the general public in 1992. Since its inception, the park has built a collection of over 240 works, including sculptures by renowned artists Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, and New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Some of the works in the collection were commissioned specifically for the sculpture park, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Space of Stone and New Jersey artist Isaac Witkin’s Garden State. Work on the park and sculpture acquisitions were financed by public tax-exempt bonds and private foundations associated with founder J. Seward Johnson.

Since 2000, Grounds For Sculpture is a public not-for-profit corporation with a Board of Trustees overseeing the successful operation of New Jersey’s foremost sculpture park and museum. As a not-for-profit and public institution, Grounds For Sculpture relies on the support of visitors, art patrons, donations and grants to offer its rich programs and activities each year.

Mission
Grounds For Sculpture was established in 1992 to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people by:

  • maintaining a 35-acre sculpture park composed of works by well-known and emerging American and international artists in Hamilton, NJ

  • organizing accessible exhibitions; and interpreting these exhibitions through publications, lectures, workshops and other educational programs.

  • In accordance with its mission, Grounds For Sculpture presents visitors with an evolving permanent outdoor collection, seasonal exhibitions, and educational programs designed to facilitate the understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture.

Dining

  • Rat’s Restaurant: Grounds For Sculpture’s fine dining destination, serves gourmet cuisine in an atmosphere of casual elegance.
  • The Peacock Café at Grounds For Sculpture, is located in the Domestic Arts Building. The self-service café offers a casual lunch menu for dining indoors or outside in the courtyard.
  • The Van Gogh Café at Grounds For Sculpture is located in the spacious new Welcome Center and features French-inspired street food, patisserie, made-to-order crepes, baguette sandwiches, artisanal cheeses, snacks, coffee bar, craft beer and wine.

Cautionary Statement
The collection and exhibits at Grounds For Sculpture contain art works that may be of a challenging, sensitive and/or mature nature. Please be aware and consult GFS staff for advice if you have concerns in those regards.

The curatorial focus of Grounds For Sculpture is to present the work of both established and emerging sculptors. Emerging sculptors are defined as artists at the beginning of their careers as well as artists whose work has contributed to the field of contemporary sculpture significantly without accompanying recognition. The outdoor exhibition grows by approximately 15 sculptures annually. New additions outdoors are selected to augment indoor exhibitions, to add new artists to the sculpture park, and to work in conjunction with the landscaped environment.

Most of the sculptures on exhibit outdoors are displayed courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation that collects works of art by American and international artists. The Foundation supports Grounds For Sculpture by lending works for exhibit in the park. Sculptures in a variety of styles and media, including bronze, steel, stone, wood, concrete and mixed media are represented.

Artist List


Exhibitions:

Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture
Through March 17, 2019
(more information)

Michael Rees: Synthetic Cells
Through July 14, 2019
(more information)

That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family
Through December 31, 2018
(more information)

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