newscasting Winter/Spring 2018
THE PUBLICATION FOR MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS
Grounds For Sculpture as a platform of voices Artist Talk with
Joyce J. Scott From the Collection: A closer look at Potpourri
Meet the Member Staff Reflections F O
his winter we look closer at the exhibition Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, on view at Grounds For Sculpture through April 1, 2018. As expressed by Gary Garrido Schneider, GFS Executive Director,“This exhibition comes at a unique moment within our organizational evolution as we contemplate how to be more relevant and responsive to shifts in the world around us. There is increased urgency for exhibitions such as this as political, economic, and racial divides in our country continue to intensify. I believe strongly in the role of the artist at times like this to give voice to difficult truths, to challenge perceptions, to envision anew, and to prompt difficult conversations that can help move us forward. Museums and cultural institutions have the potential and responsibility to serve as platforms and bridges within our communities. It is with this societal backdrop in mind that we present this timely, challenging, and visually compelling exhibition.” Newscasting allows us to share with you the collective voices of artists, staff and members— and provides an opportunity to further explore and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of those in our GFS family. We hope you’ll enjoy the personal accounts and special reflections featured in this issue.
ARTIST TALK WITH JOYCE J. SCOTT
FROM THE COLLECTION
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MacArthur Fellows in Dialogue
Photo by David Howarth/ dmhphotographer.com.
n Friday, November 17th members of the GFS community had the opportunity to witness and join in a conversation between artist and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Joyce J. Scott and Pulitzer-prize winning Washington Post Reporter and National Enterprise Editor, David Finkel. Finkel took on the role of interviewer and in the interest of “getting at the general by focusing on the specific”, centered the dialogue on a work from Scott’s Day After Rape Series (2009). This approach allowed audience members to better understand the process
before the process of actually making a work of art, as Scott talked about where the idea first came from and the thinking that led her to create the small, but powerful pieces contained in the series. Following this in-depth exploration, program attendees were invited to ask questions of the artist, leading to additional insights related to Scott’s use of materials and educational background. GFS is grateful for the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, who helped make this free public program possible.
COVER: Joyce J. Scott, Graffiti Harriet, 2017, soil, clay, straw, resin gun with beads and found objects, dimensions variable, Courtesy of Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD, photo: David Howarth of dmhphotographer.com 2
For more information or to register for these events, please call (609) 586-0616.
Common Threads: Woven Wishes Workshop Saturday, January 13
GFS invites you to share one wish, hope, or dream through writing, drawing, or other creative expression. You will then weave your wish into a collaborative artwork which will remain on view in the Education Gallery through April 15th. Help kick off this project by being among the first to participate.
Ice Sculpture Demonstrations Sunday, January 21
Photo by Matt Yao Photography.
Further explore Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths with three documentary films delving into issues of race and bias in the U.S., and the use of art as a tool for social awareness and change. Go deeper during an informal post-screening discussion led by experienced guest moderators. Film schedule at groundsforsculpture.org. Free for Members!
March is Members Month!
This March, Members enjoy 15% off all eligible items at the Museum Shop, including online purchases. Visit the store in person or shop online at shopgfs.org.
Business Member Appreciation Day Saturday, March 17
A special day for all Business Members and their employees. Highlights include: • Free admission for all employees and a guest • Access to additional discounted tickets for friends and family • Free guided tours and films throughout the day • 10% discount at the Museum Shop, Cafés, Rat’s Restaurant (up to 8 guests, reservation required) • Access to the Member Lounge GFS will provide a special code to Business Members. Share your organization’s unique code, and with just one click, your team can enjoy free general admission for staff plus one guest. With no cost to you, this easy system will be the perfect way to reward your hard-working employees! Tickets will be available online only. Tickets are not available by phone or at the admissions desk. Does not apply to previous ticket purchases. For more info, contact Cindy Srnka, Corporate Engagement Associate, at email@example.com.
Scott uses art and the creative process as a way to tell stories and speak about race, gender, and power. Explore these important truths with Scott over a three-course meal at the Domestic Arts Building prepared by Rat’s Restaurant, among her exhibition Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths.
Artists in Action Saturday, March 24
Watch professional artists at work in the Motor Exhibits Building, ask questions, and learn about their inspirations and techniques. Free for Members!
Member Mornings Sundays – April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26 , September 30, October 28, November 25
Our day of Ice Sculpture Demos gets bigger in 2018 – more ice, more carving, more time to enjoy! Get up close as master carvers turn ice into art.
Film For Thought Sundays – January 14, February 11, March 4
Art Salon with Joyce J. Scott Thursday, March 22
A new perk just for members on the last Sunday of months April-November, GFS members enjoy early access to the park at 8am! Enjoy a quiet start to your day and catch the morning light at GFS before the heat and the general public are admitted. No reservations are required for members to visit. Members may use Guest Passes to bring additional guests.
Conversations on Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert Thursday, May 10th
Join us for this very special engagement with acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert, whose novel Eat, Pray, Love exploded onto the literary scene in 2006. In the decade since, people around the world have sought Gilbert’s advice on how to lead a bold and inspired life. This conversation will draw upon insights explored in her most recent nonfiction work, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
Trip to Grand Rapids & Detroit, Michigan May 21-25, 2018 Registration deadline: February 9
GFS members-only VIP tour of Michigan’s contemporary art scene, with insider access including an exclusive opening reception at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. View the full itinerary at groundsforsculpture.org/membertrips, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip to Toronto, Ontario October 12-16, 2018 Registration deadline: July 3
Nearby Toronto is often forgotten when thinking of fabulous art getaway cities, ©2017 Tourism Toronto but with its vibrant neighborhoods, international character and burgeoning arts scene, Canada’s largest city is a must-see destination for art lovers. View the full itinerary at groundsforsculpture.org/membertrips, or contact ccossaboon@ groundsforsculpture.org 3
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Artist Talk with Joyce J. Scott
rom Joyce J. Scott’s earliest beginnings quilting with her mother to creating larger than life earth works, she has used the creative process to tell stories and speak important truths about race, gender, and power. On a sunny Member Preview Day last October, Scott presented an intimate artist talk with the team who assisted her in creating the large-scale, site-specific works newly on view at GFS. The following are excerpts from the program, focusing on the inspirations behind Scott’s outdoor installations.
Joyce J. Scott, on Graffiti Harriet I really did want a Harriet Tubman piece to dissipate, to disappear, because, you know, our icons come in and out of how we live our lives. Harriet Tubman in the ‘20s, and when she was alive, was a big deal, and then people forgot about her. Then she came back in the ‘70s, with Black power and feminism, and then she disappeared again. Now she’s back. They’re trying to put her on the $20 bill. She’s back in our psyche right now. And she does represent to me those strong people who not only created me but who buoyed me up every day, like my mom and Harriet. These are courageous people. Harriet was a woman who was not 5-feet tall, who was a spy, who went to the Union and said, “You know I could be a spy for you.” And they said, “Sure. Why not? If you die, what do we care?” I’m sure they didn’t say that, but that’s what they were thinking. And what she did was help to save a lot of human beings. One of the things that she said, which I am badly paraphrasing, is, “I could have saved more if they’d known they were slaves.” And I actually feel that way about art. We can free more, if people would just look. And that’s what this work is for me. Now, in thinking about it, I wanted her to fall apart, like the memory of Harriet has. We went through a whole thing about testing the dirt... And then I thought, it can’t just be a dirt Harriet, so we started inlaying my beadwork into her. Then I said, why don’t we make her like graffiti in cities? You know, it disappears; they just paint over it again and again. But the message doesn’t change, actually. So we decided to spray paint her. I think spray painting is, in fact, sealing the dirt… She’s the contemporary Harriet. 4
Joyce J. Scott, Graffiti Harriet, 2017, soil, clay, straw, resin gun with beads and found objects, dimensions variable, Courtesy of Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, MD, photo: David Howarth for dmhphotographer.com. GROUNDSFORSCULPTURE.ORG
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Joyce J. Scott, Araminta With Rifle And Vèvè, 2017, painted milled foam with found objects and milled foam rifle with blown glass and mixed media appliques, beaded staff, Collection of Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, photo: David Howarth of dmhphotographer.com
Joyce J. Scott, on Araminta With Rifle And Vèvè used as signposts for slaves on the underground railroad. So outside of churches or outside of a safe house, there’d be a quilt. It might have symbology in it that would tell you that this was a safe place to stop. There’s a quilt that’s owned by the Baltimore Museum of Art that my mother did that’s a topographical view of a plantation. And she told me she was taught to make it by someone in the family because you see the rows of the cotton and plants, but they also figured out escape routes. They would make that in the quilt. The people owning them had no idea of what they were doing, but they were planning their escape through art. Get it?
Photos by David Howarth of dmhphotographer.com
Its audacity—and it is audacious, folks—is the sense that when it changes, it will be itself still. So when those quilts tear up, that’s where they were supposed to be. My father’s mother made those, sixty, seventy years ago. And they’ve lived as quilts. Actually, when I got them, they were buggy because my father had them in a smokehouse in North Carolina – shows what he thought about quilts. And there are a lot of quilts and they’re so bright and they’re wonderful. And there are a few that people gave me along the way. When you see them, you’ll see how majestic it is, and I have to say one other thing about quilts. For those of you who don’t know this, quilts were
Joyce J. Scott, on exhibiting at GFS How about thinking about it this way—A 68-year-old African American woman—who lived in the neighborhood in the beginning of her life where Freddie Gray started the end of his, who still lives in Baltimore, still in a challenged neighborhood, because I don’t think I’m supposed to go—is here in New Jersey at Grounds For Sculpture, surrounded by new friends and old, Baltimorons, New Yorkers, New Jerseyans, who made the trek to be here with us. And new friends that I’m meeting right, right now, in this political and social, racial, misogynous, economic situation that we’re living in. That says something. GROUNDSFORSCULPTURE.ORG
The team of individuals who assisted Joyce J. Scott on the new outdoor installations included Kyle Psulkowski, Cliff Ward, Autin Wright, Jason Wright, Lindsey YoungLockett, Mike Gyampo and Jon Lash. Cliff Ward, who has worked with The Seward Johnson Atelier and GFS since 1997, shared his experience working with Scott to create Graffiti Harriet: I was asked to do the basics of this particular piece which was extremely challenging, where an axe and a garden shovel were the main tools used to help create the piece itself – constantly working with Joyce and looking at her sketches to bring what she wanted to fruition and the vision she wanted for the entire show. I was honored to be a part of it. I took away more of the intangibles of Joyce’s spirit and to recognize a figure that has become, at least for me, mythological until she brought it to life. It was a wonderful experience because it touched me and allowed me to have a greater appreciation for Harriet Tubman and her life. It touched me not only with this work, but with my own work. It’s like she slapped me and told me to “Wake up!” With all of the vigor and energy that Joyce showed us, and the opportunity she so graciously gave us, it caused me to look at my own work differently, and I tried to absorb some of the energy and animistic qualities that are demonstrated in her work, into my work. So thank you! 5
Photo by David Howarth for dmhphotographer.com
On Saturday, October 21, hundreds of members attended the Fall/Winter Member Preview Day, an exclusive members-only preview On Thursday, August 24, members enjoyed a trip to Old Westbury Gardens, where they toured the early 20th century estate Westbury House and Gardens, and explored Seward Johnson at Old Westbury Gardens, a special exhibition of over 30 works by Seward Johnson. It was a special day seeing Seward Johnson’s work on view in a different setting!
of the new artistic season. The Day featured an exhibition talk with guest curators Lowery Stokes Sims and Patterson Sims, a talk with exhibiting artist Joyce J. Scott, a bead-weaving demo, several handson art-making projects, a participatory Drum Circle, an opportunity to meet the artists with New Works on View in the park, and more.
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On October 25, members travelled to Washington D.C.,
This year’s Epicurean Palette was held on Sunday, September 24 and featured 25 restaurants and 29 beverage vendors. It was a beautiful day filled with delicious food, great wine, beer and spirits, outstanding visual and performing art, and delightful company. Our VIP Experience this year included a tour of The Seward Johnson Atelier followed by a private reception in the Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery. The Epicurean Palette is Grounds For Sculpture’s largest fundraising event of the year, and helps support the exhibitions and educational initiatives for more than 240,000 annual visitors. Thank you to all who attended, and for your generous support of GFS! Please save the date for next year’s Epicurean Palette: Sunday, September 23, 2018.
exploring both the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions, and the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture. GFS member Sheila Geisler shared, “Thank you for a very special adventure. Our first stop, the Women’s Museum, I would have never found on my own. The African American Museum requires another trip back to absorb in any detail all they had on exhibit.” (Image: Detail of the NMAAHC’s ornamental metal lattice by lead designer David Adjaye, which pays homage to the intricate ironwork crafted by enslaved African Americans.)
On October 5 and October 7, GFS hosted The Outlet Dance Project’s annual Dance on Film Festival and Day of Dance. Twenty-two dance
The Outlet Dance Project’s Day of Dance; Choreographer: Cleo Mack; Photo by Gala Derroisne. Kevin Lyles, Passage, 1998, steel, riverstone, 11 x 3 x 6 feet, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
films from around the world were screened during the Thursday evening Festival followed by a Q&A with the choreographers and filmmakers. Continuing the following Saturday, the Day of Dance featured nine indoor works before debuting eight additional outdoor works, with guests traveling from one site-specific piece of choreography to the next; all of the works were created by regional female choreographers. GROUNDSFORSCULPTURE.ORG
The eighth annual Members’ Musings, a juried exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of GFS members, was on view in the Education Gallery from October 21 - December 3. The exhibition
Photo by David Howarth for dmhphotographer.com
featured 16 works selected by juror Amie Potsic, Executive Director of Main Line Art Center, and Chair of the Art In City Hall Artistic Advisory Board to the Office of Arts and Culture of the City of Philadelphia. GFS Member Amy Puccio, who had two pieces featured in the exhibition, rescues left-over and otherwise unusable lengths of decorative piece-frame moulding to create wood mosaic sculptures in the form of multi-dimensional wall reliefs. Puccio recently shared more about her inspirations Amy Puccio, Art of the Mix Tape, 2016, recycled-wood, and work: mosaic wall relief with mixed media, graphite, acrylic, 20 x Art came to me later in life, after being a stay- 18 x 1.5 inches. at-home mom, professional picture framer, and product development chemist. I began work as a part-time picture framer, learning on the job, in frame shops and art galleries. Out of frustration with throwing away so much unavoidable waste, I began creating art with picture frame moulding scraps. A couple of years ago, an art critic referred to many of my sculptures as “pop art.”This really took me by surprise. Yes, the description fit much of my work but “pop” wasn’t my intention. Those particular supersized works are among an ongoing series that are, for me, nostalgic. They’re a connection to the past, when my parents were still alive and the center of my universe. Our old rotary dial telephone, the door chain on our front door, a 45 record spacer, summertime ice cream cones, and my cassettes tapes. Building these sculptures brings me closer to my mother and father. Having my work shown at GFS is truly one of those “full-circle” moments. On a family visit to the park a dozen or more years ago, I saw an installation in the Domestic Arts Building that affected me as no other art work before (I hadn’t even begun creating art yet). I remember thinking how beautiful the wood was. I loved how all these many small, assorted wood pieces made up a mosaic so monumental and of course, a surprise—the addition of this David Rubin, Sergeant 3, 2003, wood, motorcycle, ceramic, metal, 72 x 14 x 84 inches, on view in the International ordinary object, the ubiquitous motorcycle. Sculpture Center’s 2004 Outstanding Student Achievement Simple and complicated all at once. As a child, in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. I loved playing in my father’s wood shop in the basement, trying to stack and nail scraps of wood together with a hammer I could barely lift. To say this wall of wood with a motorcycle resonated for me would be an understatement. Eighty-five sculptures later, tens of thousands of little wood pieces glued into place, eight solo shows and many group shows later, my work is actually hanging at Grounds For Sculpture! A dream come true. I am so grateful for that day all those years ago because I’m sure the exhibit informed the nature and particular physical form my artistic expression would take years later.
“Grounds For Sculpture offers so much to the community and complements the environs. The seasons are endless and are always available. What I mean to say is that the Grounds avail themselves to be visited all year round. The grounds are as eye-catching with a light ground cover of snow as spring is with the greenery ready to burst into bloom. The programs offered are so varied and intellectually stimulating. Over the years I have attended salons, and I have toured the studio of Seward Johnson and the studios that open to the public each year in March (Artists in Action). This year the programs have absolutely blown me away. The Conversations on Creativity talk with Isabel Allende was splendid. I spoke in Spanish to two women seated on either side of me; one was from the Dominican Republic, the other was from Colombia. The conversation gave me a chance to practice the Spanish I’m taking at the Princeton Adult School. I also recently chose to present about Joyce J. Scott for my class From the Periphery into the Mainstream: How Women Artists and Artists of Color Have Transformed the Art World at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. I have totally invested in GFS this year and am totally impressed with the multiplicity of vibrant ethnicities.” Above: Gail Mitchell at the “MacArthur Fellows in Dialogue” program on November 17.
from the collection
Observation and learning, influence and experimentation. These are key elements that filter through the artist’s imagination and life experience, leading them to develop a body of work. Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013) is hailed as one of the foremost sculptors of the post-war years. He inspired generations of sculptors through his teaching and through mentoring artists who worked as assistants in his studio, many of whom went on to teach themselves. His work Potpourri (1976-77) is considered one of many treasures found in the GFS art collection. Made of steel, this work is composed of large horizontal planes that lead to a central opening where a multitude of smaller fragments seem to implode into the composition. The raw, unpainted finish is typical of Caro’s work from this period. Caro earned a degree in engineering and subsequently studied sculpture at the Royal Academy from 19461952. Following his studies, he served as an assistant to Henry Moore for two years. During this time Caro’s work was predominantly figurative, although Caro was starting to push against the realistic depiction of human form and, like other artists of the early part of the 20th century, letting go of realism and moving towards abstraction. Caro said,“I’d Anthony Caro, Goodwood Steps, 1994, steel, 320 x 300 x come to the conclusion 600 cm, Cass Sculpture Foundation, photo: Roger Bamber/ Alamy Stock Photo, art © Anthony Caro Foundation that it was no longer desirable for sculpture to be a single object”, stating that instead he wanted to “give his sculpture the immediacy one feels when talking with another person.” Caro’s work began to transition into abstraction in the 1960s. On his first trip to the United States in 1959, he became acquainted with the works of David Smith and appreciated Smith’s break from traditional sculptural materials, choosing instead to fabricate his assemblages of steel and iron. Welding steel, essentially 8
using found objects from the world and turning them into sculpture, was a turning point for Caro and many other artists at that time. In a further break with convention, Caro eliminated the use of bases and placed his works directly on the ground. Caro taught at St. Martin’s School of Art (now known as Central Saint Martins) from the mid1950s-1979 and during an intervening period (1963-65) taught at Bennington College in Vermont. Among the artists who worked as Caro’s studio assistants are Isaac Witkin (1957-1961) and Jon Isherwood (1982-1995, 1997) both of whom also have work in the GFS collection. Caro’s influence as a teacher and mentor was recently documented in a 2016 publication titled Artistboss, which also explores themes of legacy and authenticity surrounding apprenticeship and studio production. Anthony Caro, Potpourri, being loaded on to Harry Gordon’s truck, September 2017.
Anthony Caro, Potpourri, 1976-77, steel, 57 x 132 x 104 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
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Potpourri has been on display in the Water Garden at Grounds For Sculpture since 1997. Over the past 20 years, rainwater has collected near the base and rust has been forming along the underside of the piece, requiring conservation. To properly address this issue while wanting to ensure that any conservation work is appropriate to the artist’s intent, GFS consulted with the Caro Foundation and artist Jon Isherwood. Through Isherwood’s extensive knowledge of Caro’s work and methods, he was able to advise on a treatment plan. On September 25, 2017, GFS worked with Harry Gordon Studios to deinstall Potpourri and place it on a working platform. Over the winter, GFS staff will carefully remove remnants of old varnish and rust. The work will then be cleaned and will receive a protective coating of rust-inhibiting oil. Before returning the work to its home in the Water Garden, the site will be leveled and slightly angled for improved drainage. Once the work is complete the sculpture will be reinstalled during the spring of 2018. GROUNDSFORSCULPTURE.ORG
Corporate Sustainers Circle The Corporate Sustainers Circle was created for those businesses that are committed to GFS’ growth and success and want to aid us in sustaining our financial future – a future that offers a positive impact on the region’s economy and on the community through art, education and public programs.
We are asking for your support—above and beyond what your membership donations help us to accomplish. Annual Fund gifts help GFS realize its mission of combining art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. Over the years, your support has helped to transform GFS into a state-wide leader for the arts, known for its 42-acre sculpture park with major exhibitions that continue to push the boundaries of contemporary sculpture. Please consider supporting this year’s Annual Fund. Your gift is fully tax deductible and will support a wide-range of exhibitions and educational outreach programs, and help us maintain the standards of excellence in horticulture that we are known for. These initiatives, along with school tours and other community collaborations that serve tens of thousands of students, seniors, differently abled individuals, and disadvantaged families are made possible by your generous support. You can donate online at www.GFStomorrow.org, by mail (Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619), or call 609-249-0233 or 609249-0244. Thank you for your generosity!
Grounds For Sculpture recently received a $4,000 grant from Investors Foundation to support our core education and community programs that address the needs of the diverse and often vulnerable populations in our community. These programs include Tots on Tour and Storytime in the Galleries, Summer Program with HomeFront, Enabling Creativity and our Wellness Programs, among others. We are grateful for the support of Investors Foundation! GROUNDSFORSCULPTURE.ORG
GFS is pleased to welcome Capital Health as its newest Corporate Sustainers Circle member with a three-year commitment to supporting and partnering with GFS. According to Alexander Gladney, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Capital Heath, “Grounds For Sculpture is a real hidden gem in New Jersey. Capital Health recognizes GFS as the premiere art exhibit and museum not only in New Jersey, but in the United States if not the world. Capital Health acknowledges the vastly important role of the arts in the patient treatment process and is proud to partner with the Grounds. We plan to incorporate patient visits to GFS in the patient healing process and look forward to sharing GFS with our staff and our patients.” An annual partnership with GFS is the ideal way to enhance your marketing initiatives and most importantly reward and retain your employees. With a wide selection of unique and spacious facilities set in 42 magnificently landscaped acres featuring nearly 300 spectacular sculptures, GFS offers your staff, clients and guests the opportunity to relax, renew and become inspired. For more information on becoming a member of the Corporate Sustainers Circle, or to craft a program exclusively to meet your business needs, please contact Janis Martin-Hughes at (609) 249-0248 or email@example.com.
New Dining Discount for GFS Members! The Princeton Marriott at Forrestal has a special offer for GFS Members and Business Partner Members! Just show your GFS membership card and receive a 20% discount on food at any of the Princeton Marriott’s three dining destinations: Homestate Café, Barley’s Pub, or Fireside Grill (beverages, tax and tip not included).
Tribute Program at GFS A Tribute Gift to GFS can honor special individuals or celebrate events such as births, weddings or anniversaries. Your donation supports the exhibitions and educational programs of this incredible arts organization while making a lasting tribute to a unique person or event. Remember, you can make a gift“In Memory” or “In Honor” of someone special. Every gift, large or small, counts and takes us one step closer to a secure future for the entire GFS community. For more information and tax deductibility, please contact Amelia Nichols at 609-2490244 or visit groundsforsculpture.org/Get-Involved/Memorials. 9
support Barbara Eberlein, Jerry Wind, Donna Usiskin, Ilana Gutierrez and Mauricio Gutierrez enjoying a private art viewing and reception at the home of Jerry Wind. Photo by dmhphotographer.com.
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VOLUNTEER: Volunteering has been shown to have impressive health benefits for people who volunteer regularly. Guess what? Volunteers are beneficial to the health of organizations as well! If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, go to groundsforsculpture.org/ Get-Involved/Volunteer. We are always looking for people who are committed to the GFS mission, are flexible, and have strong people skills.
GFS Explores the Private World of Art Collector Jerry Wind During his marriage to sculptor Dina Wind, longtime arts patron Jerry Wind compiled an assortment of work that the best museums would be envious of. His home is scattered with pieces by Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Louise Nevelson, and Jasper Johns to name a few, inspiring awe and introspection for any art lover lucky enough to step inside. On November 11th, the Board and other supporters of the GFS community were welcomed to experience the collection themselves and were treated to a wonderful evening of art, music, and dance. With food and drink in hand, Jerry answered questions about the collection and it’s evolution since his wife’s passing three years ago. His son, John, reflected on the effect his mother’s legacy had on the local area and his own work as a jewelry designer. After a moving performance by New York-based dancers The Moving Architects, guests departed with a copy The Sculpture of Dina Wind catalogue in-hand and memories of an experience they won’t soon forget.
Join the Grounds For Sculpture Legacy Society and help support GFS through Planned Giving. Through your bequest or other planned gifts, you can ensure that GFS will continue to fulfill its mission of combining art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. For more information, please contact the Development Department at 609-2490233 or 609-249-0244.
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staff news Kyle Schoch, Membership Assistant The GFS Membership Office welcomes Kyle Schoch as its new Membership Assistant. Kyle first visited GFS on a field trip when he was eight years old and that experience has stayed with him ever since—the ever-evolving collection at GFS always kept him coming back to see more. It is a joy for him to hear what members like about the Grounds and how he can improve their experience. He loves art history and is currently pursuing a degree in that field. Kyle also enjoys creating his own art, whether it be photography, digital art, or drawings. He looks forward to talking to members about art and GFS over some coffee or tea in the Member Lounge!
Farewell to Michael Strengari With mixed emotions, GFS announces that Michael Strengari, Horticulturist, resigned his position at Grounds For Sculpture in Fall 2017. “It is with a sense of pride that we congratulate Michael on his new role as Senior Horticulturist in the Idea Garden at Longwood Gardens. Please join me in wishing him all the luck as he continues to move forward in his career,” says Gary Garrido Schneider, GFS Executive Director. “Michael brought a level of professionalism and expertise that has elevated the importance of horticulture within our organization while building advocates for our horticultural collection among our visitors, members, volunteers, staff and trustees. From new plantings to efforts toward more sustainable stewardship of our property, Michael has made a great mark on the organization even in his short tenure.”
Karen Parmelee, Membership Associate, is celebrating her 7th work anniversary at GFS!
GFSYP partners with United Way On October 6, Grounds For Sculpture Young Professionals (GFSYP) and United Way of Greater Mercer County partnered for Network For A Cause, a unique opportunity for young professionals to network over a shared project – collecting and inventorying 542 pieces of art supplies that were later donated to Family Guidance Center Children’s Day School, a local organization that provides art therapy and classes to youth in our shared community.
Grounds For Sculpture Young Professionals (GFSYP) is a group of creatives and professionals ages 21-40 who rally around unique experiences, programs and events. Join us for an upcoming program, party or project! Interested in becoming involved on the GFSYP committee? For more information and upcoming events, visit groundsforsculpture.org/ gfsyp.
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Published on Jan 3, 2018