Grounds For Sculpture
Backstory and Context
Seward Johnson created the Grounds For Sculpture in 1984, in the hopes that people would like the experience of looking at sculptures more and in a more creative way. The park opened to the public in 1992, and, eight years later, switched to a nonprofit organization in 2000. The park runs off grants as well as donations. Grounds For Sculpture includes sculptures from artists all over, including New Jersey sculptor, George Segal. The park includes 270 exhibits, some of which were created specifically for the location.
As a new time approached, new sculptures and
additions to the park were being introduced. Rat's Restaurant, Grounds For
Sculpture's first dining restaurant was created in 2000. In 2006, Seward
Johnson steps down from management to give more time to his charity and
artistic works and brings in five new people to take over the business. On the
10th anniversary of Grounds For Sculpture's opening, on the 10th of every month
that year, there would be special giveaways. Ten artists were highlighted for
their sculptures in the park and Seward Johnson came back to give a speech
about the park and all its achievements. December 2011 opened Winter Wonders, a
park designated to winter months only and included concerts and programs for
the winter theme.
in 1992, the Grounds for Sculpture was only open to the public by appointment and only included an outdoor exhibit from a select number of artists. The park started adding seasonal additions to the park in 1993, and the first indoor exhibit building was made, only allowing Friday and Saturday visits. In 1995, the hours for the park expanded to Sundays, the first cafe for the park opened, which was called Gazebo outdoor cafe. in 1997, the Domestic Arts Building opens, which is the first open to the public that included cafe and shopping. The Water Garden opens in 1999 for sculptors to show off their works that incorporated water features.
Timeline. Grounds for Sculpture. n d. Accessed October 10, 2018. http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/About/History.