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Photos clockwise from top left: Portrait (c) Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Robert Ressler, Baruch Ashem, 1989, wood, copper; concrete base, 14 x diamter 32 feet, Gift of the Seward Johnson Atelier, Original Gift of Leonard Dobbs, photo by Zach Teris for; Zach Teris for; Bola Okoya; all other photos Courtesy of Grounds For Sculpture.


Conversations on Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday, May 10, 6 PM VIP Reception, 7:30 PM Program. $225 VIP; $100 Members; $125 Non-Members Join us for this very special engagement, which will draw upon insights explored in Gilbert’s most recent nonfiction work Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Mothers’ Day

Sunday, May 13, OPEN 10am-9pm! Online Timed Tickets Required; Member Reservations Required Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to visit GFS. Tickets for this special day are $20/per person and are available online only. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Members and children (5 and under) receive free admission but require online reservations. Mother’s Day Picnic Baskets are available, $54 (does not include tax). All orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 9th at 4pm by calling 609.890.6015. Please note: Anytime Passes & Library Passes will not be accepted for entry on Mother’s Day.

First Fridays @ GFS

Fridays, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, 6 – 9 PM, Acer Courtyard, Free with Park Admission Grab a drink, check out the art and garden, and unwind with us! Don’t miss the pop-up beer garden in the Acer Courtyard. Must be 21+ with ID to purchase alcohol.

18th Annual Epicurean Palette


Sunday, September 23, 1 – 4 PM (VIP Experience 11 am – 4 pm) $125 Members; $185 General Admission; $275 VIP Experience A celebration of fine food and wine that helps support the exhibitions and educational initiatives at GFS.

GFS Young Professionals Events 2018 Summer Party Saturday, August 11 Enjoy cocktails, live entertainment, and revelry. Learn more at

Network for a Cause, with United Way of Greater Mercer County Friday, October 5, 5 – 7:30 PM, more details to come at Network while giving back to the community.




GFS now makes it even easier for you to plan your visit with timed tickets, available online. Whether you’re planning your visit to GFS weeks in advance or same day, purchase Timed Admission tickets at to secure your preferred date and arrival time. Members, Library Pass Holders, and Anytime Pass Holders do not need to reserve tickets in advance except on event days.


New season, more hours! We’ve extended evening hours and will be open Mondays this season! Discounted tickets available for visits after 5pm Friday – Sunday at MAY 13-JUNE 24 Tuesday-Thursday: 10 AM-6 PM Friday-Sunday: 10 AM-9 PM JUNE 25-SEPTEMBER 3 Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-6 PM Friday-Sunday: 10 AM-9 PM SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 7 Tuesday-Thursday: 10 AM-6 PM Friday-Sunday: 10 AM-9 PM PLUS, WE’RE OPEN 10am-6pm ON THESE HOLIDAYS:

Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 Free admission Active Military & Veterans

Labor Day - Monday, September 3 September 11 - Tuesday, September 11, Free admission First Responders, Active Military & Veterans

Columbus Day - Monday, October 8 Veteran’s Day - Sunday, November 11 Free admission Active Military & Veterans


GFS is recognized for its commitment to offering accessible facilities and programs. Free cart tours are available on our AccessMobile for guests with mobility challenges 11am-3:30pm; advance reservations recommended – call 609.586.0616. Scooters and wheelchairs are available to rent from the Welcome Center for a fee (limited availability). Visit for more information about accessibility features including assisted-listening devices and Touch Tours for those with visual impairments.

Sailing the Seine, by Seward Johnson ©1998 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. (foreground), Mystical Treasure Trip by Seward Johnson © 2017 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. (background)


Located in the Welcome Center, our spacious and beautifully appointed Museum Shop offers a distinctive selection of merchandise, from exquisite one-of-a-kind handmade goods like jewelry and ceramics to must-read books on art, gardening, and inspiring your own creative process. For more info, call the Museum Shop at 609.249.0215 or shop online at


Rat’s Restaurant 609.584.7800 Peacock Café 609.890.6015 Van Gogh Café Open during park hours Pop-ups & picnics Find the ice cream cart and other fun treats along the path this season. Picnic in the park with a pre-ordered basket from The Peacock Café: Reserve picnic baskets 24 hours in advance: 609. 890.6015.


Email: General info: 609.586.0616 Membership: 609.249.0225


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EXHIBITIONS Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture

May 6, 2018 – March 17, 2019 An extensive survey of work by Japanese artist Masayuki Koorida in his first major exhibition in the United States, this show includes large scale works in granite and marble, small playful works in stainless steel and cast acrylic, and new drawings. His sculptures, which are often inspired by nature, are as much serious works as they are engaging and inviting of viewer interaction. Location: Museum Building and Outdoors

Michael Rees: Synthetic Cells

June 2, 2018 – July 14, 2019 Since the advent of our internet age, Michael Rees has been redefining objects by using digital technology and innovative material to engage contemporary themes and subjects with sculpture. Synthetic Cells: Site and Para (Site) presents an unparalleled dialogue between object, perception, and reality. His newest sculptures challenge the viewer to question how the boundaries of our physical and digital experiences are converging. Location: West Gallery

James Carl: oof

July 28, 2018 – January 5, 2020 Canadian artist James Carl makes his first major debut in the United States with two parallel exhibitions. oof is a monumentally scaled wall relief constructed from brown cardboard. Inspired by the egg carton, Carl has created his own version in a geometric form which will be dye-cut, assembled, and installed by the dozens on the vast 80’ wall. Carl observes that the work’s visual “noise” will contrast with its acoustic flattening on the space. Location: East Gallery

James Carl: BLIND

August 11, 2018 – March 17, 2019 BLIND features work from Carl’s Jalousie series, which he began in 2007 and is still creating today. These sculptures focus on Carl’s decades-long exploration of volume, form, and cultural archeology. He creates these works by using a remarkably elaborate and mathematical process of weaving lengths of venetian blinds . Location: Domestic Arts Building

That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family

On View Now This exhibition focuses on the Johnson family’s passions, their belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of community, and how the founder’s vision for The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture shaped Grounds For Sculpture’s early years. Curated by Lynn DeClemente Losavio, Collection Manager of The Seward Johnson Atelier. Location: Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery

Community Takeover: What a Relief!

July 21 –September 30 Drop in, make art, and add to our collectively created installation. Location: Education Gallery

Harp of David #1 by Dina Wind

Dina Wind, (1938- 2014) was born in Israel, but spent her formative years as an artist in Philadelphia. She began her study as a painter, but she became immersed in the process of welding scrap steel into sophisticated and challenging abstract spatial compositions of various scales. She left a strong legacy of works in her studio and in numerous public and private collections over her nearly 30 years as a sculptor. Less than five years after her passing, her work has been further embraced by the Woodmere Art Museum and Grounds For Sculpture, two museums which have commissioned monumental enlargements of Wind’s steel works for their respective collections. In partnership with the Dina Wind Estate and The Seward Johnson Atelier, a 26’ enlargement of Wind’s Harp of David #1 will be installed in July 2018.


General support is provided in part by the Atlantic Foundation, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Masayuki Koorida: Sculpture is supported in part by Bank of America, the Brook Barrie Art Fund, The Japan Foundation New York, and the following exhibition supporters: Gordon and Lulie Gund, and Barbara Lawrence and Allen Laskin. THAT’S WORTH CELEBRATING: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family, is produced by The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. and made possible with support of the Johnson Family Foundations.

Photos clockwise from top left: Masayuki Koorida, Untitled, 2015, granite, 169 x 235 x 259 centimeters, Collection of the Artist; That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family ©2017 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. Currently on view in the Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery at Grounds For Sculpture. Photo by: Isometric Studio; Dina Wind, Harp of David #1, 1985 steel, 28 x 23 x 21 inches, Collection of the Dina Wind Art Foundation, photo courtesy of Halkin/Mason Photography; Michael Rees, prototype design for Synthetic Cells: Site and (Para) Site, vinyl, 120 x 120 x 120 inches, Collection of the Artist; James Carl, jalousie (13.3), 2013, Venetian blinds, 72 x 60 x 32 inches, Collection of the Artist


Art Salon: Clifford Ward

Thursday, May 3, 11 AM – 2 PM, $60 Members; $75 Non-Members Enjoy a meal in the Pavilion at Rat’s Restaurant with artist Clifford Ward.

Papermaking Demo with Frontline Arts’ Paper Connects

Saturday, September 22, 10 AM – 4 PM, Free with park admission Learn more about this ancient art and try your hand at the process too!

For more information and to register, visit us online at or call 609.586.0616

Photos clockwise from top left:Courtesy of Kelly Sikkema; Courtesy of Doris Lin; Courtesy of Grounds For Sculpture; Courtesy of Paul Mordetsky; Courtesy of Nancy Ori


Reflections of Nature: Abstraction with Acrylic and Ink Saturdays, June 16, 23, and 30, 10 AM – 1 PM $175 Members; $185 Non-Members Deepen awareness of your surroundings and let what emerges in your painting surprise you.

Landscape Studies in Graphite

Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10 AM – 1 PM $135 Members; $150 Non-Members Experiment with technique, composition, and expressive artistic ideas while drawing in the garden.

The Art of Ikebana

Nature as Inspiration for Abstract Photography

Saturday, August 4, 10 AM – 4 PM rain date: Saturday, August 11 $75 Members; $85 Non-Members Use design principles, natural forms, and your camera to create strong abstract compositions.

Sculpt, Mold, Cast

Saturdays, September 8, 15, and 22 10 AM – 4 PM (on Sept. 22, class ends at 1 PM) $250 Members; $275 Non-Members Learn the basics of casting with resin in this three-day class.

Thursdays, July 12, 19, and 26, 1 – 3 PM $75 Members; $85 Non-Members, plus materials fee Discover the meditative practice of Japanese flower arranging.


For more information and to register, visit us online at or call 609.586.0616

Photo, second row center: Pat Musick, Grupo, 2002-2003, stone, steel, wood, 17 x 60 x 40 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, photo: Aylin Green; all other photos Courtesy of Grounds For Sculpture


Saturdays, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 11, September 22 11 AM $5/child; Ages 3 – 5, with adult companion only. Space is limited; first come, first serve! Stories, tours, and art for early learners.

Print & Plant new!

Saturday, May 19, 11 AM – 4 PM, Free with Park Admission Drop in for sun printing, seed-starting, and making upcycled planters.

Art Alive! new!

Saturday, September 15, 11 AM – 4 PM, Free with Park Admission Images come to life during this drawing-meets-device drop-in workshop.

FOR KIDS Young Artist Workshop

Saturdays, July 14 & August 11, 1 – 3 PM $15 Members; $20 Non-Members, fee includes student admission to GFS on workshop day Hands-on workshops tailored for creative kids. For age groups 6-9 and 10+.

WELLNESS Wellness Walks

Tuesdays, May 15 & 29, June 12 & 26, July 10, Thursdays, May 17 & 31, June 14 & 28, July 12 9:30 – 11 AM; $12 per session Explore, learn, and enjoy light fare with friends.

Senior Studio new!

Coming in September 2018 $95 Members; $110 Non-Members Create and connect in this new program for seniors.

For more information and to register, visit us online at or call 609.586.0616

Photos clockwise from left: Courtesy of Przemyslaw Reinfus; Peter Lundberg, Where is Geometry?, 1999, stainless steel, concrete, 168 x 144 x 144 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, photo: David Howarth for; Atelier Fabrication Department, Courtesy of The Seward Johnson Atelier, photo: David Steele


TOURS Free Walk-In Tours

Check at Info Desk in Welcome Center for current schedule Indoor Gallery Tours: 20-30 minute docent led tours. Outdoor Sculpture Tours: hour-long guided walking tours. HortiSculpture Tours: plant science meets art + design Private Group Tours can be arranged by contacting the Group Visitor Coordinator at 609.249.0200.

Bird Walk with the Mercer County Park Commission

Thursday, May 10, 9:30 AM $10 Members; $12 Non-Members Bring your binoculars and learn about the varied birds that call GFS home.

Scale & Enlargement

at the Seward Johnson Atelier Tuesday, May 22, 5:30 PM $25 Members; $30 Non-Members Explore the monumental enlargement of Dina Wind’s Harp of David #1 during this behind the scenes tour.


Moonlight Tour & Dinner at Rat’s Restaurant

Tuesdays, May 29, June 26, July 24, August 28, Sept. 25, and Thursdays, May 31 and Sept. 27 6:30 PM, $69 Members; $79 Non-Members Experience a wonderful meal and the brilliance of GFS in the dark.

Explore the Lore, Beauty, and Science of the Lotus

Friday July 13, 11 AM $10 Members; $12 Non-Members Learn about the cultural significance and biological qualities of these fascinating GFS favorites.

Butterfly Bonanza with the Mercer County Park Commission Wednesday, July 25, 10 AM – 12 PM $5 Kids; $10 Members; $12 Non-Members Explore different species of these delicate beneficial insects in GFS’s meadow.

Photos clockwise from top left: Isaac Witkin, Garden State, 1997, stone: Zimbabwe black granite, 188 x 133 x 115 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier; Courtesy of Moot Davis; Courtesy of De Tierra Caliente; Zach Teris for; photo by MK Photo

PERFORMANCES AND ENTERTAINMENT Plein Air Cinema Series: Artful Animation

Thursdays, June 7, July 12, August 9, and Sept. 6 at sundown, Free with After-Hours Park Admission. Explore the infinite possibilities of animation through four features sure to ignite the imagination. On each of these special evenings, don’t miss dinner at our pop-up, CafÊ Terrace at Night! See page 11 for details. June 7 Loving Vincent rain date: June 14 July 12 The Wind in the Willows rain date: July 19

Yoga + MindTravel: Global Wellness Day

Saturday, June 9, 9 AM , $30 Members; $40 Non-Members A one-of-a-kind yoga and musical journey entirely facilitated through wireless headphones.

Courtyard Concert Series

Fridays, June 22, July 27, and August 24 7:30 PM rain or shine $15 Members; $18 Non-Members; $20 Day of Event Local. Original. Live. And in the great outdoors! July 22 Moot Davis July 27 Kyrie London

August 9 The Adventures of Prince Achmed rain date: August 16 September 6 The Beatles Yellow Submarine rain date: September 13

August 24 De Tierra Caliente Courtyard Concerts are supported in part by Russo Music Center.

For more information and to register, visit us online at or call 609.586.0616

Top Left: Courtesy of 500Prime © 2017 Tourism Toronto; Bottom Row: God Bless America, by Seward Johnson ©1995, 2007 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc; Courtesy of Wheaton Arts Center; Member Day tour of Disruption exhibition led by Faith McClellan, Director of Collections & Exhibitions; all photos by David Howarth for unless otherwise indicated.

MEMBER EXCLUSIVES EVENTS Member Preview Day: Spring/Summer 2018 Exhibition

Trip to Wheaton Arts

Member Mornings

An Autumn Cultural Escape: Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, May 5, 10 AM – 2 PM For members only. Preview the upcoming artistic season. Final Sundays, in April – November, 8 AM GFS Members only No Reservations Required. Members are granted early access to the garden and galleries.

GFS Family Breakfast

Saturday, July 28, 10 AM – 12 PM Free for members, RSVP required. Exclusive program for Family level members and above! Enjoy breakfast, explore our exhibitions, and create art together! Free reservation required at

Member Lounge

GFS Members Only Open Thursdays – Sundays, 1 – 4 PM Members-only space offering complimentary refreshments, news, publications, and New Member Orientations.


ADVENTURES Thursday, April 5, 9 AM – 6 PM Member trip including private tour and glass casting workshop.

October 12 – 16 GFS Members-only insiders’ tour of Toronto’s cultural wonders. Nearby Toronto is often forgotten when thinking of fabulous art getaway cities, but with its vibrant neighborhoods, international character and burgeoning arts scene, Canada’s largest city is a must-see destination for art lovers. Highlights include a private visit to the studio of exhibiting artist James Carl. Register by July 4. Space is limited!

BECOME A MEMBER! Don’t miss a minute of all the incredible artistic experiences that GFS has to offer. Be the first to learn about new and exciting exhibition openings, family programs, and special events throughout the year. Get free admission year-round. Receive discounts on dining and special events. And, know that your membership helps provide critical support for our educational programs and exhibitions. To learn more, visit


DINING RAT’S RESTAURANT Mother’s Day Brunch in Rat’s Kitchen

Sunday, May 13, Seating from 11 AM – 5 PM $62 for adults plus tax and service, $22 for children ages 5-12. under 5 no charge.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM $95/person; tax and gratuity not included

Dinner and a Stroll

Tuesdays –Thursdays, July & August, 5 – 7 PM $48/person; tax, gratuity, and beverages not included Three-course prix-fixe at Rat’s Restaurant plus GFS admission.

Rat’s Clam Bake

Friday, July 13, Seatings from 5:30 – 8:30 PM $65/person Lobster, clams, and more.

Thursdays unless otherwise noted, May 3, 9*, 17, 24, 31, and June 7 5 PM – 7 PM Seward Johnson loves to lead his favorite songs when he’s here and hopes to see you as we gather around the piano at Rat’s Restaurant for a night of song led by Adam Weitz with pianist Phil Orr. *May 9 is a Wednesday evening

Cuban Pig Roast

Friday, August 17, Seatings from 5:30 – 8:30 PM $55/person Slow-roasted local pig, classic mojitos, and more.

Vineyard Dinner

Thursday, September 13, 6 PM $100/guest Dine under the stars at GFS for a meal to be remembered.


VAN GOGH CAFÉ Café Terrace at Night: Pop-Up Restaurant

Thursdays, June – September, Seatings at 5:30 PM & 6:30 PM Park admission and reservations required. Three-course prix-fixe. $40 plus tax and gratuity. June 7, Cuisine of North West France July 12, Cuisine of South West France August 9, Cuisine of South East France September 6, Cuisine of North East France

PEACOCK CAFÉ Happy Hour in the Acer Courtyard Saturdays, June – September, 4 PM – 6 PM Weather Permitting. Park Admission Required. Join us every Saturday in the Acer Courtyard for the best happy hour around. Must be 21+ with ID to purchase alcohol.

Summer BBQ’s

Memorial Day, May 28, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Father’s Day, June 17, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM 4th of July, July 4, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Labor Day, September 3, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM Park admission required. Café fees apply. All-American favorites grilled to order.

For more information and to register, visit us online at or call 609.586.0616

Cover: photo by David Howarth for

General support is provided in part by the Atlantic Foundation, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Bank of America and many others.

Agnes Gund Foundation Bloomberg Cadillac Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Institute of Museum and Library Services Investors Foundation Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust Karma Foundation Marriott Princeton NRG Energy, Inc. PNC Foundation Rotasa Foundation Simon Property Group/Quakerbridge Mall South Jersey Industries, Inc.

Our work is made possible through the generosity of the following corporations, foundations, and agencies:

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Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Event Guide - May - September 2018  

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Event Guide - May - September 2018

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Event Guide - May - September 2018  

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) Event Guide - May - September 2018