Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
Founded in 1991, the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center is a large 30 acre art museum featuring numerous sculptures dispersed throughout the grounds as well as inside its arts building. Its mission is to connect people to art and nature. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and currently displays over 25 sculptures (on loan) from the Institution's Hirshhom Museum & Sculpture Garden. Some of the artists from this museum include Antonio Tobias Mendez, Barbara Hepworth and Francis Zuniga. Annual arts festivals, rotating exhibits, family activities, public programs, and art classes are some of the events and programs held at the center.
Backstory and Context
The museum is named after Annmarie Koenig, who along with her husband Francis, moved to Maryland in the mid 1950s. They donated the land to the county in 1991 with the stipulation that the sculpture garden would be established. The first decade saw six works installed and the museum has grown from there. The current arts building was constructed in 2003.