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event guide july - december 2014

New this season dinner and a stroll july & august michael graves: past as prologue the 14th annual epicurean palette extended hours through labor day


calendar july - sept. Open until 9pm Thurs.-Sat. through Aug. 30th Dinner and a Stroll Tues.–Thurs. in July & Aug., 5–7pm See page 24 for more info.

JULY 3 Rat’s Annual Clam Bake, 5

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4 Fourth of July BBQ, 11am-3pm 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Celebrating the Familiar Walk-in Tours, 1pm 5, 12, 19, 26 Buskers in the Park 11 Jet Weston and his Atomic Ranch Hands, 7:30pm 12 Introduction to 3D Printing, 10am-1pm 12 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 15 Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 6:30pm 19 Young Artist Workshops, 11am & 12:30pm 25 New York Songwriters Circle, 7:30pm 31 Creating Abstract Photographs, 10am-5pm

AUGUST 1 Rat’s Latin Night, 6 & 8:15 pm

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6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 Icons Revisited Walk-in Tours, 1pm 7 A Mad Hatter Tea Party, 4-6pm 9 Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 6:30pm 11 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 13, 27 3D Printing Workshop, 10am-3pm 13 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 14 14th Annual Epicurean Palette, 1-4pm 17 Atelier Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 5:30pm 21 NJ Storytelling Festival, 12-6pm 25 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 25 Rat’s Vineyard-Style Dinner, 6pm 26 VoicePlay in Concert, 8pm 27, 28 Writing the Familiar, 10am-1pm 27 All about Iron with AbOminOg, Intl., 2-3:30pm


2 Summer Social Picnic, 11am-4pm 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 Art in Nature Walk-in Tours, 1pm 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Buskers in the Park 8 The Williams Boy in Concert, 7:30pm 9 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 12 Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 6:30pm 15 Backstories, 8pm 16 Grounds For Poetry, 10am-3pm 17 MM2 Modern Dance presents BREATH, 1pm 22 Alfred James Band in Concert, 7:30pm 24 A Retrospective Poets’ Invitational, 2pm

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Bruce Beasely, Dorion, 1986, stainless steel, 240 x 360 x 120 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.




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OCTOBER 2 Dance on Film Festival, 7:30




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4 Day of Dance, 2pm 5 New Members Day, 2-4pm 9 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 9 A rt Salon: Lisa Baratta and Patrick Strzelec, 11am-2pm 11, 18, 25 Mold-Making Workshop, 10am-4pm 11 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 12 Guild for Early Music, 12-5:30pm 14 Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 6:30pm 16 Rat’s East of the Rhine Tasting Dinner, 6pm 17 Members Opening Reception, 6-8pm 22 Fall Photowalk, 1-4pm 23 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 24 Day Trip to Newark Museum, 10:30am-4:30pm 25 Design for the Birds!, 12-3pm 31 Haunted Club Rat’s, 10pm

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NOVEMBER 1 Scratch Mold Workshop and Iron Pour, 10

am-6pm 6 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 6 Art Salon: Nina Levy, 11am-2pm 8 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 8 Hand-blown Glass Ornaments, 11am-4pm 8 Holiday Ornaments Demonstration, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm 12 Storytime in the Galleries, 10:30am 14 Rat’s Comedy Night, 8:30pm 16 Mexican Folk Art Boxes, 11am-12:30pm 16Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, 1pm & 3pm 19 Atelier Tour & Dinner at Rat’s, 5:30pm 20 Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks, 9:30am 22 Hand-blown Glass Ornaments, 11am-4pm 27 Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat’s, 12pm & 2:30pm 29, 30 Hello Holidays, 12-5pm

DECEMBER 4 Rat’s White Truffle Dinner, 6

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5 Westminster Concert Bell Choir, 7:30pm 6, 13 Architectural Sketching, 10am-1pm 6 Young Artist Workshops, 1pm 10 Storytime in the Galleries, 10:30am 11 Art Salon: Seward Johnson, 11am-2pm 12 A Holiday in Carol and Song, 7pm 13 Tots on Tour!, 11am & 1pm 14 Holiday Cookie Decorating, 4-6pm 31 New Year’s Eve at Rat’s

Robert Ressler, Baruch Ashem, 1989, wood, copper, concrete, 168 x 384 x 384 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.




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welcome letter

When I started this past spring as the Executive Director at Grounds For Sculpture, I could not have imagined a more exciting time to join the dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and board members here. My deepest thanks to all for the warm welcome I received. With the enthusiasm and support of our community, I look forward to entering this next chapter and expanding our role as a vital resource in the region. And I look forward to the many opportunities presented in this guide to hear directly from you. We come into the summer season featuring our most ambitious and well-attended exhibition in our history, Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, which celebrates the work and vision of our founder. Visitors are greeted in our spacious new Welcome Center which includes enhanced visitor amenities—delicious French-inspired fare at Van Gogh Café, an enticing new Museum Shop, expanded gallery space, and a beautiful new lounge just for members. The momentum continues into the fall season as we celebrate internationally renowned New Jersey-based architect Michael Graves. The exhibition Michael Graves: Past as Prologue coincides with the 50th anniversary of his design firm and provides a unique opportunity to explore

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the fascinating connections between sculpture, design, and architecture. Complementing these exhibitions is a rich variety of ways to explore, create, reflect, learn, unwind, and connect deeply with friends old and new. The garden setting provides a lush backdrop for our many concerts and dance performances and is a wonderful venue for milestone family occasions or to simply enjoy a meal and relaxed stroll. Our hands-on artist workshops, demonstrations, and intimate artist salons provide a chance to delve into the artistic process and meet artists first-hand. Your participation as a guest, member, supporter, volunteer, or business partner plays an invaluable part in sustaining Grounds For Sculpture and helps us present exhibitions, care for the grounds and permanent collection, and enhance our programs for children and adults. We thank you for your continued support.

Gary Garrido Schneider Executive Director

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about gfs visiting this season

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests, Grounds For Sculpture has a maximum capacity of 2,500 visitors at any one time. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Seward Johnson Retrospective exhibition, please be aware that there may be times when the park is at capacity and we cannot admit further guests. Please note that this is more likely to occur on weekends when the weather is favorable. Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully sited on landscaped parkland full of exotic trees and flowers. The works, many of them monumental, include those of such distinguished artists as Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, George Segal, Magdalena Abakanowicz, and Isaac Witkin.

They join the enchanting works of our visionary founder Seward Johnson and many others by the finest up and coming artists of our time. Join us and discover the beauty, charm, whimsy, and inspiration that our 42 acres hold.


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Open year-round Tuesday-Sunday 10am– 6pm, closed Mondays. Open until 9PM Thursday through Saturday, May 8 through Labor Day. GFS reserves the right to close to the public for special events.

Admission Members and children (5>)


Students (6-17 or w/ college ID) $10

Seniors (65+) $12 The collection and exhibits at GFS contain $15 art works that may be of a challenging, Adults (18-64) sensitive, and/or mature nature. Please be aware and consult GFS staff for advice if you Getting Here Conveniently located near Princeton at the have specific concerns. center of the New York-Philadelphia travel corridor in Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, shopping Located in the Welcome Center, our spacious and beautifully appointed Museum Shop Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible offers a distinctive selection of merchandise. Whether you’re seeking a souvenir or the by major state and interstate roads and by perfect gift, our store has something special. Stop by and browse our selection of home rail and has ample free parking. décor, handcrafted gifts and jewelry from NJ artisans and beyond, books and media, DINING AT THE PARK children’s items, and other must-haves. Rat’s Restaurant | (609) 584-7800 ACCESSIBILITY Peacock Café | (609) 890-6015 GFS is recognized for its dedication to designing accessible facilities and programs. Van Gogh Café | Open during park hours The Domestic Arts Building, Welcome Center, and Seward Johnson Center for the Arts The Gazebo (Memorial Day - Labor Day) are fully accessible as is the Museum Building’s main level. Power-assisted doors are Picnic in the park! | (609) 890-6015 installed in our galleries and Welcome Center. Large-print editions of information and With 24 hour advance notice, your basket brochures are available, as are assisted-listening devices for tours and lectures. Vehicles will be ready when you arrive. for persons with mobility impairments are available throughout the week (reservations recommended) on a first-come, first-served basis. Touch Tours for the visually impaired are available with advance reservations. Call (609) 586-0616.


spring/summer 2014 exhibition Seward Johnson: The Retrospective On view through September 21, 2014 Featuring more than 160 sculptures by artist and GFS founder Seward Johnson, The Retrospective includes work in three indoor galleries and many new works out in the park, including the much-anticipated monumental land sculpture titled, The Awakening, sited in The Meadow. Joining his internationally admired large-scale works such as Forever Marilyn are dozens of key works comprising the Icons Revisited, Beyond The Frame, and Celebrating The Familiar series. These notable sculptures are joined by Mr. Johnson’s lesser known but perhaps most intimate work—a collection of trays upon which he has painted landscapes and moments of great personal meaning. Seward Johnson: The Retrospective represents nearly 50 years of work and is a culmination of the prodigious whimsy and humanity of this extraordinary man.

in the galleries

Above: Seward Johnson, Forever Marilyn ©1996, 2011 The Sculpture Foundation. Based upon the photograph by Bernard of Hollywood. Photo by Matt Yu Yao; Seward Johnson, Double Check, The Survivor, ©1982 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., Photo by Zach Teris for; Seward Johnson, The Awakening, ©1980 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., Photo by Zach Teris for


fall/winter 2014/2015 exhibitions Michael Graves: Past as Prologue October 18, 2014 to April 5, 2015 Michael Graves is renowned internationally as one of the world’s leading architects, artists, and designers. He is the winner of numerous awards and distinctions, including the National Medal of Arts. Graves’work has been exhibited and widely published, and his drawings, paintings and objects have found permanent homes in museums and private collections around the world.

Michael Graves: Past as Prologue will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his firm and five decades of visionary work. The exhibition will feature a tour through seminal architecture and product design projects, as well as a display of Graves’ sculptures and paintings. On display in the Museum and Domestic Arts Buildings and organized chronologically, Past as Prologue gives visitors the opportunity to start in 1964 and move forward through time or begin at present day and go back. Whether viewed in either direction, Graves’ personal design philosophy and the core values of his practice connect all of the work. Visit our website for special events and lectures taking place throughout the run of this significant exhibition of a 20th and 21st Century Master.

Michael Graves, Denver Central Library, South Façade, 1992, Colored pencil on trace paper, 26” x 14”, Courtesy of Michael Graves & Associates

Michael Graves, 2-Slice Toaster for JCPenney, 2013, Stainless steel, 12 ¼” x 7 ¼” x 8”, Photo: Michael Graves Design Group.

International Sculpture Center’s 20th Annual student award Exhibition Oct. 18, 2014 to April 5, 2015 Always innovative and impressive, the ISC and GFS collaborative exhibition in the Domestic Arts Building features exceptional work by undergraduate and graduate student artists, recommended by their professors. The competition attracts international submissions of over 500 artworks and is juried by a distinguished panel of art professionals. Don’t miss the potential future of sculpture as these extraordinary students exhibit their award-winning work.

Jihoon Choi, Pixel Deer, 2013 mild steel, plywood, antlers, paint, 36 x 24 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the Artist


EDUCATION GALLERY Members’ Musings July 12 – August 24, 2014

Jill A. Rupinski, Precarious Position, 2009 sanguine and black chalk, 36.5 x 30.5 inches, Courtesy of the Artist

Reflections: Creative Works by the Matheny Arts Access Artists

Don’t miss the fifth annual exhibition featuring artwork by Grounds For Sculpture members. In addition to supporting the arts, many GFS members are gifted artists. This exhibition showcases the unique inspirations and diverse creative perspectives of our membership. This year’s juror, Kelly Baum, is the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum. She has been working as a curator and scholar for almost fifteen years and has organized several exhibitions, including New Jersey as Non-Site, for which she received a Warhol Curatorial Research Fellowship. Photo by Zach Teris for

Sept. 21 – Nov. 2, 2014 This multi-disciplinary exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, short films, and written work by artists from the Arts Access Program at Matheny Medical and Educational Center. Regardless of their disabilities, participants are able to create artwork with the assistance of neutral facilitators. Accompanied by each artist’s biography, the works will offer unique insight into the artist’s point of view.

Creations from GFS Workshops Nov. 15 – Dec. 14, 2014 View a selection of handmade pieces created during workshops at Grounds For Sculpture. This exhibition will feature items in a range of media—from pleinair painting to stone carving and bronze casting. Check our website after August 4th for information on how to submit work for consideration.

Natalia Manning, Untitled


JUST FOR KIDS Tots on Tour! Saturdays, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13 11am & 1pm Free with park admission. Rain or shine. Hands-on Workshops suitable for 3–5 year olds. Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art. Lessons and themes change monthly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; first-come, first-serve. Meets in the Education Center. Instructor: Joslyn Johnson.

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December 6, 1pm See page 22 for more info.

Storytime in the Galleries Free with park admission. Bring the kids for treasured tales and a hands-on art project inspired by this season’s exhibitions. Gallery location, story, and art project change monthly. Space is limited; firstcome, first-served. Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas by Fran Lebowitz Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10:30am After reading Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas, illustrated by Michael Graves, kids will create their own pencil and watercolor illustrations. Meets in the Museum Building.

Be sure to pick up our free Family Guide when you visit. It’s filled with fun exhibition-related activities you can do at home!

Mo Smells the Holidays by Margaret Hyde Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10:30am Children will explore all their senses as they follow Mo on his Scentsational journey through the holiday season. Meets in the Welcome Center near the GFS holiday tree.


art salons A relaxed and stimulating opportunity to share ideas and fine food at Rat’s Restaurant with GFS artists and your fellow patrons of the arts. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.

Lisa Baratta and Patrick Strzelec Thursday, Oct. 9, 11am – 2pm Come learn about the future of arts in academia from this power duo! The Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Mason Gross School of the Arts will discuss how approaches to art education are shaping the next generation of artists and the future of visual arts. Baratta oversees personnel, facilities, and planning for the school and facilitates a supportive environment for its faculty and students. Strzelec has shown his abstract sculpture in several highly acclaimed galleries and is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and Rome Prize, as well as the former Lecturer in Sculpture of Harvard University. $50 Members; $60 nonMembers. Price includes lunch and a glass of wine sponsored by Hopewell Winery.

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Thursday, Nov. 6, 11am – 2pm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 11am – 2pm

Reconsider realism with the sculptor of GFS’ Centaur, Nina Levy! Recognized for the stylistic, disconcerting proportions and emotional power in her art, Levy’s captivating and jarring work pushes us to question our relationships to our bodies, our perceptions of our selves, and our disjointed interactions with each other. It is sure to be a unique and insightful discussion over a delicious meal! This Brooklyn-based artist has displayed in solo and group exhibitions in some of the most cutting-edge contemporary art galleries and museums throughout the United States and holds arts degrees from University of Chicago and Yale University. $50 Members; $60 non-Members. Price includes lunch and a glass of wine.

Spend time with the visionary founder of Grounds For Sculpture in this rare Art Salon with Seward Johnson. Known to many as the artist who has created the well-loved Man-on-the-Street sculptures, Johnson is equally known for his Beyond the Frame and Icons series! Start the afternoon with an exclusive visit to the artist’s studio and experience the unique Van Gogh bedroom. Then, dine with Mr. Johnson as he reflects on his career and his landmark retrospective exhibition, celebrated at GFS in Spring/Summer 2014. $150 Members; $175 non-Members. Price includes lunch and a glass of wine.


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Nina Levy, Centaur, 1998, fiberglass, steel, cement; 120 x 54 x 54 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Seward Johnson, King Lear, ©1982, 2008 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by Tom Moran

Strong-Cuevas, Arch II, Set II, 1995, fabricated aluminum, 144 x 132 x 156 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. William Donnan, Pinched,1998 reinforced cement, 136 x 96 x 168 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photos by Zach Teris for

TOURING gfs This summer and early fall, explore Grounds For Sculpture during specially themed walk-in tours led by our expert docents. Each month brings a different and unique tour. Tours will take place Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and are free with park admission. Please note that tour size is limited; first-come, first-served.

Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s Restaurant Dinner: 6:30pm; Tour: 9pm Tuesdays, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14. Our most popular offering! Let the magnificence of Grounds For Sculpture wow you by moonlight. Begin with a three-course dinner at Rat’s Restaurant at 6:30pm. Your docent-led tour, timed closely with the full moon, begins at 9pm to showcase sculptures lit to show off their brilliance in the dark. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. The dinner portion takes place rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited; these tours fill up fast! $69 Members; $79 non-Members. To register, call (609) 586-0616.


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July theme: Seward Johnson’s Celebrating the Familiar


August theme: Art in Nature


September theme: Seward Johnson’s Icons Revisited

Atelier Tour & Dinner at Rat’s Restaurant Wednesdays at 5:30pm Sept. 17 & Nov. 19 Tour the famed Johnson Atelier and the cutting edge Digital Atelier to get the inside “scoop” on how sculpture is made. Tours begin with refreshments and are led by expert staff of the Johnson Atelier and the Digital Atelier. Following the tour, enjoy a three-course dinner at Rat’s Restaurant at 7:30pm. Reservations are required and space is limited; these tours fill up fast! $69 Members; $79 non-Members. To register, call (609) 586-0616.


WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Sept. 11, 25; Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6, 20, 9:30am Enjoy the park and get fit during this special program, sponsored by Springpoint Foundation and Stoneking Wellness Center, for the mature adult who wants to get into shape and learn how to lead an active, healthful lifestyle. Each session addresses a different topic on general health and includes refreshments. Walks begin at 9:30am. Discussion and refreshments at 10:15am. Check our website for dates and topics. Price: $10 per session (includes park admission). Call (609) 586-0616, x. 223 to register. Free to Stoneking Wellness Center members and Residents of Springpoint Senior Living Facilities.


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JUst for members All about Iron with AbOminOg, Intl. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2–3:30pm | Free with park admission In anticipation of the spectacular annual Iron Pour at GFS on Nov. 1 (see page 19), join some of the core artists from AbOminOg, Intl. for an informational panel discussion. Topics include the development of the artist collective and the processes for mold making and iron casting. This free event will be held in the Member Lounge with light refreshments. Register by September 23 by calling (609) 586-0616 ext. 243. Photo by Zach Teris for

Join or upgrade your Membership and be entered to win TASTE! When you join or upgrade your GFS Membership to an upper level of membership (Contributor or higher) through December 31, 2014, you will be entered into a drawing to be one of 10 Members invited to our TASTE event at Rat’s Restaurant. You and a guest will be treated to a tasting of the new spring 2015 menu and will learn about the dishes and the menu development process. Entry to win is automatic; all you have to do is join or upgrade today!


Fall/Winter Opening Reception Friday, October 17, 6–8pm VIP preview 4–6pm Join us for the preview of the Fall/Winter Exhibitions. Renew or join by September 19 to take advantage of this exclusive benefit of GFS Membership. RSVP by Oct. 9 by calling (609) 586-0616 ext. 243.

newscasting The publication for Members & Volunteers of gfs One of the many benefits of membership includes a subscription to the newly revived quarterly publication, newscasting. Within its pages you will learn about the sculpture park and its operational initiatives, sculpture, education, gardens, support, volunteers, and more. Keep a lookout in your mailbox for the next issue or check out the digital version any time at

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The Member Lounge is Now Open!

New Members Day

Wed. - Sat., 10:30am – 5pm

Sunday, October 5, 2 – 4pm

Welcoming GFS Members at the Individual level and above, the Member Lounge is a quiet place to relax, learn, and socialize with friends. Located in a bright corner room of the SJCA building and overlooking the pond and gardens, we have created an inviting space for members to take a break with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. Come and read the latest museum publications, learn about upcoming programs for members, or connect with a Membership representative.

Welcome to GFS Membership! Featuring light refreshments, membership orientation, and docent tours, this event is open to new Members who have joined between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2014. RSVP by Oct. 1 by calling (609) 586-0616 ext. 243.

Day Trip to the Newark Museum

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Friday, October 24 Bus departs GFS 10:30am, returns at 4:30pm Held in conjunction with Michael Graves exhibition. Designed by Michael Graves, The Newark Museum is an example of decades-long collaboration between architect and client, which catalyzed urban revitalization and established the institution as a top national museum of art, science, and education and garnered a National AIA Honor Award. Join us on this special tour for GFS members and volunteers of both the collections and this extraordinary building. $80 includes bus, guided tour, and lunch. Call (609) 586-0616 ext. 243 to register.



Open until 9pm Thurs.-Sat. through Aug. 30th


Introduction to 3D Printing

Saturday, July 12, 10am-1pm Seward Johnson, Unconditional Surrender © 2004, 2005 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by Matt Yu Yao

Dinner and a Stroll Tues.–Thurs. in July, 5 – 7pm See page 24 for more info.


4th of July BBQ

Buskers in the Park

Friday, July 4, 11am – 3pm

Saturday evenings in July & August A favorite spectacle of our founder during his time in Key West, the Key West busker (street performer) scene comes to the sculptural landscape of GFS! Visit the park on Saturday evenings in July and August, and you may have the chance to experience these spontaneous art performances.

Rat’s Annual Clam Bake July 3, 5pm & 8pm See page 24 for more info.

Seward Johnson’s Celebrating the Familiar Walk-IN Tours Saturdays & Sundays in July, 1pm See page 8 for more info.


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Celebrate your Independence Day at the Peacock Café with a BBQ featuring madeto-order cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Then finish the day with an ice cold slushie at the Gazebo.

Courtyard Concert: Jet Weston and his Atomic Ranch Hands

Join the 3D revolution! Explore the rapidly developing technology of 3D printing and potential applications in sculpture, fashion, and architecture. Students will be introduced to the MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop printer and the vast online resource called Thingiverse. Each student will choose a suitable model from Thingiverse which will be downloaded and printed in eco-friendly PLA filament in the color of your choice. Replicas of sculptures by famous artists or other items of interest can be selected. Instructors: Bruce Lindsay and Scot Thompson. Members: $110; nonMembers: $120. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.

Friday, July 11, 7:30pm As timeless as the “Lure of the West,” Jet Weston & his Atomic Ranch Hands reimagine the fantasy “West” Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley – where bad guys lost, good guys won, and it all ended with a smile and a song. For more info on this artist, please visit jetweston. All tickets: $15 in advance, includes park admission; $18 day of show, includes park admission after 5pm. Advance purchase closes 7/10. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616 or visit our website to buy online!

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Saturday, July 19

Join us for a day of fun-filled children’s workshops! Four different one-hour, hands-on workshops are the perfect setting for kids to make art inspired by our current exhibitions. $12 Members; $18 non-Members. Materials fee is per session, per child. Students who pre-register will receive free admission to GFS on the day of the workshop (a $10 value!). To register in advance, call (609) 586-0616. Classes fill up fast; call soon to ensure your spot. Mixed Media Trays (ages 6-9), 11am Using a vintage tray as your canvas, create a mixed media artwork using a variety of materials. The tray edges will become the border framing your artistic creation! Instructor: Joslyn Johnson. Art Journals (ages 10-14), 11am Transform everyday materials into a beautiful book to fill with your own art! Learn how to make a handmade pop-up art journal from recycled paper products. Take your journal home to fill with your thoughts! Instructor: April Zay. Funky Faces (ages 6-9), 12:30pm A person’s face can tell us a lot! Examine Seward Johnson’s Celebrating the Familiar sculptures, which imitate moments from everyday life, then create a clay sculpture using facial features to show different emotions. Instructor: Georgina McGarvey. Painting in a Box (ages 10-14), 12:30pm Seward Johnson turns famous paintings into 3D sculptures, and now you can too! Students will explore familiar paintings by well-known artists and learn to construct a 3D shadow-box style painting.They’ll bring the scenes off the canvas and into their sculptural box! Instructor: Ruthann Perry.

Brower Hatcher, Tower, 1999 (detail), stainless steel, glass, iron, 120 x 60 x 60 inches, Courtesy of The sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by Michael S. Miller

Gallery Concert: New York Songwriters Circle Friday, July 25, 7:30pm Grounds For Sculpture is proud to present the talent of emerging songwriters in our annual performance of the famed New York Songwriters Circle (NYSC)! Under the producing and directing credit of Singer/Songwriter Tina Shafer for the past 20+ years, NYSC has become a legend in New York City’s West Village. For NYSC’s Grounds For Sculpture performance, featured songwriters are Tina Shafer, Jesse Terry, Gabe Merizalde, Minor Soul (Max and Jack Wagner), Ari Zizzo, and more. For more information about the artists, visit All tickets: $15. Advance purchase includes park admission, $18 Day of Show, includes park admission after 5pm. Advance purchase closes 7/24. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616 or visit our website to buy online!


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Thursday, July 31, 10am-5pm Create your own unique abstract photographs from existing artwork. Michael S. Miller, of Visions Photographic Workshops, will help you visualize the hidden beauty in the remarkable sculptures and picturesque surroundings of Grounds For Sculpture. After a discussion of technique, participants will head outdoors. Michael will be by your side, offering guidance in conceptualizing the abstract before releasing the shutter. Create your own innovative compositions by extracting details, textures, and colors that surround you. A digital SLR camera is required, and a 50mm lens is recommended. Rain or shine! Instructor: Michael S. Miller. $100 Members; $120 non-Members. To register, call (609) 586-0616.


Open until 9pm Thurs.-Sat. through Aug. 30th

Courtyard Concert: the Williams boy Friday, August 8, 7:30pm Photo by Matt Yu Yao

Dinner and a Stroll Tues.–Thurs. in Aug., 5–7pm See page 24 for more info.

Sterett-Gittings Kelsey, Attitude-Croisée, 1999, cast registered bronze, 1/6, 84 x 156 x 156 inches, Courtesy of Sam Haigh © Artist, photo by Zach Teris for

buskers in the park Saturday evenings in Aug. See page 11 for more info.

Art in Nature Walk-in Tours


Saturdays & Sundays in Aug., 1pm See page 8 for more info.

Rat’s Latin Night Aug. 1, Seatings at 6pm & 8:15pm See page 24 for more info. Photo by Zach Teris for


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Summer Social picnic

Saturday, Aug. 2, 11am – 4pm Free with park admission

This Jersey-based singer/songwriter, also known as Matthew-Billy Williams, finds his home in being slightly unconventional. Rooted in Heartland American Rock and Roll, he wears many creative hats, including guitarist, drummer, pianist, harmonicist, bass player, producer, engineer, banjo picker, and vocalist. This solo engagement will take you back to the profound simplicity of American Rock and Roll and is a night not to be missed! For more info on this artist, please visit All tickets: $15 in advance, includes park admission; $18 day of show, includes park admission after 5pm. Advance purchase closes 8/7. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616 or visit our website to buy online!

Beat the heat and celebrate summer in our second annual Summer Social Picnic! Explore the park during one of our themed summertime tours, make your own work of art in our Painterly Plates Workshop (based on the work of Seward Johnson’s “Midnight Snack Art” trays), or become a guerrilla gardener in our Seed Bombs Workshop! Visit The Gazebo BBQ, grab a partner for the Egg Toss, or relax to some good ol’ Dixieland classics!

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Tots on Tour! Aug. 9, 11am and 1pm See page 6 for more info.

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Friday, August 15, 8pm Celebrate Seward Johnson’s Icons Revisited series as A Saturday’s Child gives us a unique and imaginative look at the minutes leading up to three iconic moments in our history and pop culture. You’ll experience the what-could-havebeen moments just before the celebrated kiss of Unconditional Surrender, Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile in A Reason to Smile, and Marilyn Monroe’s windblown skirt in Forever Marilyn. Members $30; non-Members $35. Advance ticket purchase includes park admission throughout the day. Advance purchase closes 8/14. Day of event purchases require park admission prior to 6pm. aw

Walter Dusenbery, Tempio Bretton, 1981, travertine, 96 x 87 x 27 inches, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.

MM2 Modern Dance presents BREATH Sunday, Aug. 17, 1pm

Free with park admission

7 Choreographers. 7 Dancers. 1 Breath. A Philly FringeArts performance preview! Our breath is the bridge which connects consciousness to environment and life itself, much like Grounds For Sculpture’s intrinsic connection between art and nature. We continually move through air, as a fish moves through water. Breathing attunes us to the world around us and expresses our inner feelings. It flows endlessly, sustaining us. Witness the exploration of this unique concept through movement and dance by the talented MM2 troupe at Grounds For Sculpture. re

Grounds For Poetry

A Retrospective Poets’ Invitational

Sunday, August 24, 2pm

free with park admission

Saturday, Aug. 16, 10am-3pm (rain date August 23)

Presented in partnership with Arts Council of Princeton. Join local poet Colby Cedar Smith for a day of reading, writing, and discussing poetry that uses visual art as a prompt. Participants will visit the GFS poetry markers placed throughout the park, explore the beautiful grounds, and learn how to translate the visual world into written word. Students can bring their own lunch or order from the Peacock Café. $80 Member; $95 non-Member (of either organization). Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; for more information and to register, please visit Grounds For Sculpture is a registered Professional Development Provider (PDP) with the State of New Jersey. Upon request, educators can receive certificates verifying professional development hours for this workshop.

Courtyard Concert: Alfred James Band Friday, August 22, 7:30pm Cello isn’t just for classical music! Infusing the graceful melodies of the cello with an acoustic rock sound, Alfred James Band (AJB) takes a whole new approach to the traditional use of this classical instrument. AJB has opened for Rufus Wainwright and Bruce Hornsby, and draws influence from Pablo Casals, Yo Yo Ma, Sting, and Dave Matthews. For more info on this artist, visit All tickets: $15 in advance, includes park admission; $18 day of show, includes park admission after 5pm. Advance purchase closes 8/21. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616 or visit our website to buy online!


A new trend in poetry has emerged and is gaining popularity – EKPHRASIS is defined as “a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and in doing so, communicating more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness.” Community members are invited to visit our current exhibition, Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, and use it as inspiration. Compose an original ekphrastic poem based on a work in this exhibition and submit it for jurying by the GFS Volunteer Committee. Selected works will be featured in our commemorative booklet and each selected poet will be invited to read their chosen work during our August Poets’ Invitational. Complete rules and entry requirements are available on our website.


Tots on Tour! Sept. 13, 11am & 1pm See page 6 for more info.

Carlos Dorrien, The Nine Muses, 1990-97 granite; 132 x 240 x 360 inches. Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by Matt Yu Yao

A Mad Hatter Tea Party Sunday, Sept. 7, 4 – 6pm

Seward Johnson’s Icons Revisited Walk-in Tours Saturdays & Sundays in Sept., 1pm See page 8 for more info.

Step through the looking glass and into a transformed Acer Courtyard as the Peacock Café presents a “Mad” tea party for all ages. Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the March Hare, and His Madness himself will serve you. Savor your own pot of tea and enjoy a delicious assortment of cookies, tarts, finger sandwiches, and other special desserts. Don’t be late for this very important date! Space is limited and reservations are required. Park admission must be paid separately and café fees apply. Sells out quickly; for reservations please call (609) 890-6015.

Labor Day BBQ Monday, Sept. 1, 11am – 3pm Kick back and join us at the Gazebo for some all-American favorites straight off the grill. Enjoy made to order hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers with all of your favorite toppings. Then finish off your day with a specialty sundae from the Gazebo. Café fees apply. re

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WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Sept. 11, 9:30am See page 8 for more info.

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Saturdays, Sept. 13 & 27, 10am-3pm Join the 3D revolution! In this two-part workshop, explore how sculptors use the rapidly developing technology of 3D scanning and printing using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Printer and Digitizer, the desktop 3D scanner. Each student will either bring to class or download from Thingiverse a suitable figure approximately 4” tall, which will be laser scanned, enlarged to approximately 12” tall, and printed in eco-friendly PLA filament in the color they choose. Assembly and finish options are included. Please note this class does not meet on Saturday, September 20. Instructors: Bruce Lindsay & Scot Thompson. $210 Members; $220 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.

The 14th Annual EPICUREAN PALETTE Sunday, Sept. 14, 1- 4pm

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The premier food and wine event of our region! Epicurean Palette is a gala celebration of fine food and wine that helps support Grounds For Sculpture exhibitions and educational initiatives. Spend a glorious afternoon strolling the park with friends to sample extraordinary cuisine from 25 of the most talented chefs in the tri-state region as well as refreshment from the finest of beverage purveyors. Enjoy the festive beer garden and our silent auction, with unique travel packages, event tickets, jewelry, and more! Make the day even more extraordinary with a VIP ticket to take a private tour of Seward Johnson’s studio, receive priority parking, and more! Tickets on sale June 13. $120 Members; $150 non-Members; VIP $225 (limited availability and sells out quickly). For tickets and additional information call (609) 586-0616 after June 13 or visit

New Jersey Storytelling Festival Sunday, Sept. 21, 12 – 6pm Free with park admission

Celebrate the art of spoken word as wildly diverse stories are presented all afternoon on four different stages. Programs geared for adults, families, and general audiences will be performed in different corners of the park to give you music, poetry, laughter, and goose bumps you’ll remember for years to come! In honor of NJ’s 350th Birthday, one stage will be dedicated to celebrating the folklore and people of NJ. Visit for information on morning workshops and noon Story Slam (open to all GFS guests). Picnic lunches available at the Peacock Café. Order in advance by calling (609) 586-0616 x 111.

Rat’s Vineyard-Style Dinner presenting Wines from Robert Mondavi Sept. 25, 6pm See page 25 for more info.

WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Sept. 25, 9:30am See page 8 for more info.

Gallery Concert: VoicePlay Friday, Sept. 26, 8pm Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous. What began as a street corner barbershop act is now an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with only the human voice. VoicePlay’s a capella music travels between eras and styles, channeling an entire musical landscape and embellishing it with inventive and hilarious theatrics. Great for all ages, VoicePlay’s concerts must be seen to be believed. All tickets: $30 in advance; $35 Day of Show. Advance ticket purchase includes park admission. Advance purchase closes 9/25. To buy, call (609) 586-0616 or purchase online.


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Writing the Familiar

Sat., Sept. 27 & Sun., Sept. 28, 10am-1pm

Presented in partnership with Arts Council of Princeton. Explore the exciting synthesis of art and writing in this unique workshop. Students will have the opportunity to explore Grounds For Sculpture and write about Seward Johnson’s famed Celebrating the Familiar series, as well as study other inspiring sculptures in the park. Bring your own lunch or order from the Peacock Café. $120 Members; $145 non-Members (of either organization). Registration is only through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit Grounds For Sculpture is a registered Professional Development Provider (PDP) with the State of NJ. Upon request, educators can receive certificates verifying professional development hours for this workshop.


Seward Johnson, The Chamber of Internal Dialogue (detail) 2011, cast bronze, mixed media, 1/8; 258” x 114” x 135”, ©2011 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo by Matt Yu Yao

The Outlet Dance Project Celebrates 10 years performing at GFS! Join us for this dynamic and magical journey through Grounds For Sculpture and experience dance in a whole new way! For more information, please visit

Dance on Film Festival Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:30pm Join us for an evening of films by women choreographers and filmmakers that display the exquisite talent and creative expression of this art form and connect to sculpture, architecture, and sitespecificity. The screening will be followed by a brief Q & A with the filmmakers and choreographers. All tickets: $15. Park admission day of film festival included with Advance Purchase (closes 10/1). Guests may also purchase admission for our Day of Dance on October 4, when purchasing Film Festival tickets. Call (609) 586-0616 to purchase or buy online.


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Left: Fred Morante, Relative, 2003, cast bronze, steel, 144 x 144 x 18 inches, courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Above: Roy Wilson, Resting Place, 1990, painted steel, 156 x 312 x 96 inches, courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Below: Strong-Cuevas, Arch II, 1993, fabricated aluminum, 144 x 132 x 60 inches, courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photos by Matthew J. Wright of Figtree Photography

Day of Dance Saturday, Oct. 4, 2pm

Free with park admission

The festival is committed to collaboration, community building, interdisciplinary experimentation, and the exploration of the audience/performer relationship via this family friendly event providing women choreographers of all dance genres an opportunity to share their artistic vision through stage performance and sitespecific dance, among both the indoor and outdoor landscape of GFS.

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WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Oct. 9, 9:30am See page 8 for more info.

Lisa Baratta & Patrick Strzelec Art Salon Oct. 9, 11am – 2pm See page 7 for more info.

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Mold-Making with the Iron Masters

Saturdays, Oct. 11, 18, & 25, 10am-4pm For artists of all levels (including previous Scratch Mold workshop participants). Hot new workshop (literally)! Realize your iron dreams with this multi-session moldmaking workshop. Learn about different types of molds, materials, tools, and techniques from the masters of AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective. These experienced instructors will provide consultation and guidance to help you create your mold, to be cast in white-hot iron at the 3rd annual Iron Pour on November 1. Mold size limited to approximately 2 cubic feet (finished sculptures can measure up to 10in x 10in x 10in) and 25 lbs of metal. For more information on AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective, visit Instructors: Rory Mahon and Scot Thompson. $270 Members; $290 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.

Tots on Tour! Oct. 11, 11am & 1pm See page 6 for more info.

Guild for Early Music Sunday, Oct. 12, 12 – 5:30pm Free with park admission

The Guild for Early Music celebrates a decade of performance at GFS! Experience Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music sung and played by numerous regional performance groups in our newly renovated Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. Enjoy this unique blending of classic musical genres among contemporary artwork at GFS as these mini-concerts are announced by costumed heralds! Special themed sculpture tours will be offered in the afternoon with a grand finale of Purcell conducted by WWFM’s Marjorie Herman.

Rat’s East of the Rhine Tasting Dinner Oct. 16, 6pm See page 25 for more info.

WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Oct. 23, 9:30am See page 8 for more info. aw

Fall Photowalk Wed., Oct. 22, 1-4pm

Join nationally acclaimed photographer Michael S. Miller of Visions Photographic Workshops for a photowalk around Grounds For Sculpture’s 42 gorgeous acres. Miller will guide your photographic journey with pointers on composition and perspective and help you hone your photography skills to get the shot you want. A digital point and shoot camera or digital SLR camera is required. Rain or shine – in case of inclement weather, students will photowalk in our indoor galleries. Instructor Michael S. Miller. $55 Members; $70 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.


Photo by David W. Steele


Design for the Birds!

Saturday, Oct. 25, 12-3pm Decorate a birdhouse in the colorful, geometric style of Michael Graves. Students will learn about Michael Graves’ signature styles, shapes, and colors, then using paint and wood shapes, will turn their birdhouse into a work of art. Your finished product will be equally successful as an art piece or a functional birdhouse! Instructor: Andrea Santoro. Materials fee of $5 per house; please pay at the workshop. Supplies are limited. First-come, first-served.

Haunted Club Rat’s Oct. 31, 10pm See page 25 for more info.


Photo by Matt Yu Yao

Special Event: Scratch Mold Workshop & Iron Pour

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Saturday, Nov. 1 GFS began with the Johnson Atelier and its foundry pouring molten metals to create sculpture. Led by artists from the AbOmInOg International Arts Collective of Trenton, we’re keeping the tradition alive using red-hot iron. You’re not just invited to watch, you’re invited to make your own art. Gain a new appreciation for iron artwork by participating in a workshop and witnessing an iron pour led by artists from the AbOminOg Intl. Arts Collective, based in Trenton. This collective holds demonstrations and workshops that offer a unique and important opportunity to teach, enable and empower participants. aw

Scratch Mold Workshop

Iron Pour 2-6pm

Free with park admission

Session 1: 10 - 11:30am Session 2: 12-1:30pm Suitable for beginners and students of any skill level. Create your own iron artwork! Students will scratch unique designs into a 6 inch sand mold to create a plaque or medallion. Each mold will be cast with molten iron during the afternoon demonstration; completed pieces will be ready for students to bring home following the pour or can be picked up at a later date. Workshop fee includes park admission the day of the event, and all materials needed for the workshop and the casting of your piece in iron. Rain or shine. Advance registration required for the mold workshop. $75 Members; $85 nonMembers. To register, call (609) 586-0616.

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Now for the fireworks! Vulcan’s furnace roars, crackles, flames and sparks with power and excitement! Join us for an iron pour demonstration conducted by a team of master foundry sculptors as they heat 500 pounds of iron until it’s white hot, then pour it into molds made in the Scratch Mold workshop (see above for description). Rain date: Sunday, November 2.

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WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Nov. 6, 9:30am See page 8 for more info.

Nina Levy Art Salon Nov. 6, 11am – 2pm See page 7 for more info. aw

Hand-blown Glass Ornaments

Session 1: Nov. 8, 11am-4pm Session 2: Nov. 22, 11am-4pm

Back by popular demand! No glassblowing experience needed! Learn the old world craft of using Glaskolben tubes and a torch to make hand-blown glass ornaments. In this fun and easy class, create 10 glass ornaments perfect for decorations or holiday gifts. Bring a shoebox and packing materials (tissue paper, bubble wrap, etc.) to transport your ornaments home. All other materials provided at workshop. Instructor: Leanne Purkis. $75 Members; $90 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.


Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre: A Celebration of Dance, Music, and Art from Spain and Mexico!

Sunday, Nov. 16, 1pm & 3pm

Free with park admission

Join us for the dynamic dance and musical traditions of Spain and Mexico as New Jersey’s Premier Spanish Dance Company, Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, takes you Beyond the Frame of Seward Johnson’s larger-than-life painting, Waiting. This vibrant mural bursts with color and reflects memorable moments Johnson spent in Mexico. It is the perfect setting for the sights and sounds of driving footwork, clicking castanets, strumming guitars, and swirling skirts in a joyous celebration of Spain and Mexico’s cultural heritage! Great for all ages! fw

Mexican Folk Art Boxes SunDAY, Nov. 16, 11am-12:30pm

Before the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre performance, take part in a traditional Mexican folk art by making your own Calaveras box. Calaveras boxes contain little skeletons dressed as people, such as a cowboys, painters, or brides. Participants can create their own version using floral wire, plaster wrap tape, fabric scraps, and imagination! Each figure will be placed inside a decorated box. Instructor: Libby Ramage. Materials fee of $5 per child; please pay at the workshop. Supplies are limited. First-come, first-served.

Tots on Tour! Nov. 8, 11am & 1pm See page 6 for more info.

Storytime in the Galleries Nov. 12, 10:30am See page 6 for more info.

Rat’s Comedy Night Nov. 14, 8:30pm See page 25 for more info.

WELLNESS WALKS/ WELLNESS TALKS Nov. 20, 9:30am See page 8 for more info.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat’s Nov. 27, Seatings at 12pm & 2:30pm See page 25 for more info.

Dancers: Maria Rodriguez and Joel Alarcon Photo courtesy of Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre


Demonstration: Holiday Ornaments

2nd Annual Have A Ball Contest!

Sat., Nov. 8 at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm

winners announced Saturday, Nov. 29

Gain inspiration for creating your own ornament by watching artists of different styles craft three unique holiday ornaments. Then enter your own ornament in the second annual Grounds For Sculpture holiday ornament contest. Featured artists are Georgina McGarvey, Kathy Metaxas, and Margareta Warlick. Guests interested in entering our contest can pick up a free ornament kit following the demonstration.

Personalize your very own oversized holiday ornament! GFS will supply you with a transparent ornamental orb in exchange for your unique take on how one of our current exhibiting artists inspired you! Give us your own perspective by creating an ornament that somehow reflects a work of art on exhibit here this season. Enter it into our second annual “Have a Ball!” Contest where GFS patrons will vote on their favorites and you can win special GFS prizes.

hello holidays (NOV. 29 & 30) Start your holiday season at GFS! Join us for two days of merriment just after Thanksgiving. Saturday, Nov. 29, 12 – 5pm Make your own unique holiday gift box or create a one-of-a-kind holiday snow shaker (like a snow globe without the water!). Be there for the award ceremonies of our “Have a Ball!” Contest and warm up with songs of the holidays. Don’t miss the opportunity to shop for that special someone at the new Museum Shop. Sunday, Nov. 30, 11am-6pm From 11am – 2pm, enjoy traditional brunch favorites and pair your favorite brunch item with one of the Peacock Cafés made-to-order peppermint hot chocolates or spiked hot apple cider. Then, view the “Have A Ball!” contest winners and attend our Holiday Tea Party from 4-6pm, where you can savor your own pot of tea while snacking on delicious cookies, finger sandwiches, and other delights. Reservations required by calling (609) 586-0616 ext. 111. For more info, check our website after November 1.

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Seward Johnson, On Poppied Hill 1999, cast bronze, aluminum, 1/8; 96” x 84” x 60”, ©1999 The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Courtesy of the Sculpture Foundation Inc. Photo by David W. Steele.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 1pm

Rat’s White Truffle Dinner Dec. 4, 6pm See page 25 for more info.


Westminster Concert Bell Choir Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm Back by demand! We’re pleased to present the wildly popular Westminster Bell Choir in its only community holiday performance of the season! Hailed for its virtuosity, the ensemble performs on the largest range of hand bells in the world–8 octaves– creating an astonishing array of harmonies to delight all ages! Please join us for a very special evening celebrating this spirited musical tradition. $15 Members; $20 non-Members. Advance ticket purchase includes park admission throughout the day. Advance purchase closes 12/4. Day of event purchases require park admission prior to 5pm. To purchase, call (609) 586-0616.


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young artist workshops: design style!


The Art and Science of Architectural Sketching

Sat., Dec. 6 & 13, 10am -1pm In this two-day workshop, participants will discover how to create the illusion of threedimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Students will be introduced to the principles of linear perspective and how to apply these techniques in sketching architectural structures. Brief lectures and several demos will be given by Patrick Connors, who has taught at the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture in New York City. For the beginner, this is a useful introductory drawing course and will serve as advancement for drawers with more experience. Participants will create several hands-on sketching exercises during this workshop. Instructor: Patrick Connors. $125 Members; $135 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586-0616.

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Join us for fun-filled children’s workshops based on design! Finished artworks make great holiday gifts! $12 Members; $18 nonMembers. Materials fee is per session, per child. Students who pre-register will receive free admission on the day of the workshop (a $10 value!). To register in advance, call (609) 586-0616. These classes fill up fast! Funky Building Sculptures (ages 6-12) Artists ages 6-12 will construct their own colorful and funky building sculptures. Students will explore the architecture of Michael Graves for inspiration then create a wire armature for their building. After wrapping the armatures in colorful paper, students can go wild decorating the outside of their sculptures. Instructor: April Zay. Tubular Structures (ages 12 and up) Artists ages 12+ will explore basic architecture concepts including design, planning, connections, and joints. Then, using colorful paper tubes, students will build an architectural sculpture of their own design. All that is needed to create an original work of art is creativity! Instructor: Ruthann Perry.

Storytime in the Galleries

Carlos Dorrien, The Nine Muses, 1990-97, granite; 132 x 240 x 360 inches, courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation. Photo by David Howarth for

Dec. 10, 10:30am See page 6 for more info.

Tots on Tour! Dec. 13, 11am and 1pm See page 6 for more info.

Seward Johnson Art Salon Dec. 11, 11am – 2pm See page 7 for more info.

Christmas Memories of Bygone Years: A Holiday in Carol and Song Presented by Boheme Opera NJ Friday, Dec. 12, 7pm

Free with park admission

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One night only - $6 after 6pm! Enjoy a sparkling evening of music with Boheme Opera NJ as we celebrate the third annual holiday concert by this talented troupe. Dressed in turn-of-the-century costumes, an ensemble of singers will perform vintage holiday music – from delightful English carol settings to original earthy American holiday songs. Countless vocal arrangements will bring the joy and warmth of the season into people’s hearts. Boheme Opera has a special surprise in store so don’t miss this annual treat!!

Holiday Cookie Decorating Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 – 6pm A festive and delicious workshop! We’ll arm you with sugar cookies and fun, sparkly embellishments for decorating. Bring your edible art home to enjoy with your favorite cup of tea or to show off to your friends and family! This popular annual favorite sells out quickly so register early! Park admission must be paid separately and material fee applies. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (609) 890-6015.

New Year’s Eve at Rat’s Dec. 31 See page 25 for more info.

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Latin Night: The “hottest” night of the year

Photo by Matt Yu Yao

Rat’s Annual Clam Bake Thursday, July 3, Seatings at 5pm & 8pm Start your Fourth of July weekend early with this extremely popular evening. Kick back with an ice cold beer, sway to the sounds of surf music. Dive into your own steamed lobster and enjoy clams, shrimp, mussels, chicken, sausages and all the classic sides. Seats for this wildly popular event fill quickly. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800.

Dinner and a Stroll Tuesday – Thursday, July & Aug., 5 – 7pm Back by popular demand!!! The perfect mid-week reason to visit Grounds For Sculpture! In the months of July and August, guests can enjoy the park (admission included) and a three-course prix-fixe meal at Rat’s Restaurant for $44/ person. Valid Tuesdays – Thursdays in July and August from 5-7pm. Tax, gratuity, and beverages not included. Reservations required; call Rat’s Restaurant at (609) 584-7800.


Friday, Aug. 1, Seatings at 6pm & 8:15pm Muy Caliente! Muy delicioso! Join in this annual fiesta. On this sultry Latin evening, savor hand-crafted Tequila Cocktails and Sangria. Then feast on ceviche, roasted pork, garlic shrimp and fried yucca. Be sure to save room for Tres Leches cake and crème caramel. The night really heats up when you take salsa lessons in our pavilion at 8pm – then show off your moves from 9pm to midnight with live salsa music. Reservations are strongly encouraged for this evening and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800.

A Special VineyardStyle Dinner presenting Wines from Robert Mondavi Thursday, Sept. 25, Reception 6pm Dinner 6:30pm Dine under the stars and in the open space of the beautiful Grounds For Sculpture as Rat’s Culinary Team presents a true Napa Valley vineyard dinner. For information, pricing, and reservations please call (609) 584-7800. Seating for this dinner will be communal style and space will be limited.

Rat’s Comedy Night Friday, Nov. 14, 8:30pm Local comic celebrity Helene Angley returns for another night of raucous laughs! With a talented line up of well-seasoned comics who have shined on television and on stages throughout the tri-state area, this is a night of fun for adults only (21+). Tickets purchased by November 12 are $28; $35 after November 12 or at door – limited seating available. Dine a la carte at Rat’s prior to the show and receive 20% off the food portion of your dinner. Advanced purchase tickets are non-refundable. For information and reservations please call (609) 584-7800.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat’s East of the Rhine Tasting Dinner Thursday, Oct. 16, Hors d’oeuvres 6pm Dinner 6:30pm Explore the exquisite and hearty world of German, Austrian, and Hungarian foods, wines, and beers as Rat’s Chef Scott Swiderski prepares his interpretations of classic Old World cuisine. For information, pricing and reservations please call (609) 584-7800.

Haunted Club Rat’s Friday, Oct. 31, 10pm till the Zombies go to sleep! Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches, bats, zombies, and rats. Drink bloodlust cocktails and witches brew and dance until the wolves howl. No cover if you wear a costume, otherwise we take a finger and $20 at the door. Best costumes get out alive with a $100 gift card to Rat’s. For information, please call (609) 584-7800.

Thursday, Nov. 27, Seatings at 12pm & 2:30pm At GFS and Rat’s Restaurant, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we invite you to share in that warmth by letting us prepare and serve your Thanksgiving dinner here. Bring the whole family or enjoy a quiet afternoon with a special loved one as you feast on a traditional, sumptuous meal prepared from the harvest of regional growers and farms. For information, pricing, and reservations please call (609) 584-7800.

White Truffle Dinner Thursday, Dec. 4, Hors d’oeuvres 6pm; Dinner 6:30pm Rare and exotic, the white truffle from Alba, Italy is highly sought after. We searched the markets for this luxurious ingredient, and Chef Scott Swiderski will wow you with his four-course tasting menu featuring this culinary gem. Rat’s wine guru will pair wines from the Piedmont region of Italy to complement this extravagant event. For more info, call (609) 584-7800.


New Year’s Eve Wednesday, Dec. 31 Fling out the older year and ring in the new with delicious food and wonderful company at Rat’s Restaurant. Dine a la carte or indulge in a special five-course tasting menu. Then welcome the New Year with a dance party in the Pavilion complete with a midnight champagne toast! Reservations required for this exclusive evening and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800.

New Year’s Day Brunch Friday, Jan. 2, 11am – 3pm Start your New Year’s resolutions right after enjoying this amazing brunch in the famous Rat’s Kitchen. Our brunch buffet features decadent hot breakfast and lunch favorites, perfectly composed salads, house-made charcuterie, the freshest iced seafood, plus carving and omelet stations. Reservations are required for this popular event and can be made by calling (609) 584-7800. $49 per guest; $18 for children ages 5-12; children 4 and under are complimentary.

CONNECT WITH US If you love Grounds For Sculpture, there’s lots of ways to get involved. As a not-for-profit organization, each of these ways is incredibly important to our sustainability.

JOIN: Our members receive special discounts on everything from shopping and dining to classes and more, exclusive invitations to exhibition openings, and free admission to the park year-round…just for starters. To become a GFS member or for more information about the many benefits of membership, contact our Director of Membership at (609) 586-0616 ext. 234. We offer corporate memberships too! VOLUNTEER: Our volunteer program is an enriching and fun way to spend free time. We cherish—and rely on—the invaluable time our volunteers contribute. To volunteer at GFS or for more information about how you can donate your time, contact our Manager of Volunteer Services at (609) 586-0616, x. 247.

DONATE: GFS is a not-for-profit self-sustaining organization that relies on the generosity of those who believe, as we do, that art belongs in the lives of everyone. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Whether you make a one-time donation, provide steady and reliable support through a monthly pledge, or are including GFS in your estate planning, your contribution will help us keep the park thriving for years to come. To make a gift or for more information, contact our Director of Development at (609) 586-0616, x. 233. Corporate sponsorship and memorial opportunities are also available.

GFS is just a click away and there’s lots of ways to stay in touch. Check out our website There, you can sign up for our e-newsletter and get regular updates about what’s new and happening at the park. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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Programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Johnson Arts and Education Foundation, and many others. All artworks pictured in this guide are courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. or the artist, unless otherwise noted.

American Express Bay Branch Foundation Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Johnson Art and Education Foundation Karma Foundation Marriott Princeton at Forrestal National Endowment for the Arts New Jersey Cultural Trust New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism New Jersey State Council on the Arts Rita Allen Foundation Springpoint Foundation

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