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Chicago Art Institute
The Art Institute, which comprises both a museum and a school, found its permanent home on Michigan Avenue in 1893. The original, core beaux-arts building, designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, was built for the World's Columbian Exposition.
The museum is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street (111 S. Michigan Avenue), on the eastern edge of Chicago's famous downtown "Loop."
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art Sculpture Garden
One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945.
Farnsworth House
The Farnsworth House is the first and most celebrated domestic structure designed by world renown visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe, after his arrival in the United States in 1938. The immediate surroundings of the house were landscaped by the celebrated American landscape architect Lanning Roper. The extended grounds contain a sculpture park that leads from the Visitor Center to the house. The sculpture park contains works by such notable artists as Andy Goldsworthy, Wendy Taylor, Ellsworth Kelly, Harry Bertoia, Anthony Caro, George Rickey, and Michael Warren, among others.

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park is located on the east side of McCormick Boulevard, between Dempster Street and Touhy Avenue in the Village of Skokie, Illinois, adjacent to the northshore channel of the Chicago River. Over 70 large- scale contemporary sculptures created by noted regional, national, and international artists.
PO Box 692, Skokie, Illinois 60076-0692. Contact: Sheila Oettinger, Vice President of the Board of Directors
Tel: (847) 679-4265 Fax: (847) 677-2478. Email:

Cedarhurst Sculpture Park
More than 45 large-scale, contemporary sculptures on 85 wooded acres, by national and regional artists. Collection includes Benton, Enzmann, Haring, and Lieberman.
Richview Road, PO Box 923, Mt. Vernon 62864-0923. (618) 242-1236. Open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; Sun., 1p.m. to 5p.m.

Wandell Sculpture Garden
The Wandell Sculpture Garden is part of Meadowbrook park, a 130-acre community park containing a super-size play structure, community organic gardens, a farmstead, an herb garden and 60 acres of recreated native Illinois prarie. The sculpture garden is situated amid 30 acres prairie and contains large scale pieces created by sculptors with an established body of work.
Museum Of Science and Industry Front Lawn, Chicago
The Front Lawn is an ideal site for large scale public art exhibits, providing 12 acres of sod-covered park land. Generally, temporary Front Lawn art exhibits will run for 5 or 6 months, during the spring, summer and fall of the year. Plans are now being made to present and exhibit of kinetic sculpture by various artists in the year 2000.
57 St. & Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637-2093. Contact: Anne Rashford- Director, Events and Special Programs. Tel. (773) 684-9844 Ex. 2045
Oakton Sculpture Park
The Oakton art collection focused on Modern and Contemporary art, is on display throughout the Des Plaines and the Skokie campuses of the Oakton Community College. The highlights of the collection are commissioned and donated sculptures, created mostly by regional artists.
Des Plaines, Illinois

Wood Street Gallery and Sculpture Garden
The purpose behind the creation of this urban sculpture garden is to help people visualize how a contemporary sculpture could look in their own gardens. So often people cannot see how a sculpture will look at their home, or how they can site it in a tight space.
The hours are Tuesday - Friday 11-5:30, and Saturday 10-5, or by appointment. There is street parking available. Tours are welcome. The gallery puts on 7 shows a year. Contact: Mary K. O'Shaughnessy, Director. 1239 North Wood Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622. Tel: (773) 227-3306. Fax: (773) 227-3859. E-mail: Open Tues. - Fri., 11a.m.- 5:30p.m. Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m.

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Located outdoors on the 750 acre campus of Governors State University some 30 miles south of Chicago, is run by the university's nonprofit Foundation. The majority of the collection can be viewed in front of GSU's main campus building and by following a grassy path at the rear. Each piece occupies its own space, without the distraction of other works nearby.
Governors State University, University Park 60466. Contact: Beverly Goldberg. (708) 534-6360. Open all year.


Des Moines Art Center
At the entrance of beautiful 6.5 acre Greenwood Park. Works by Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra and Henry Moore surrond the Art Center as well as an outdoor prokect by Mary Miss, The Greenwood Pond: Double Site Project. The space gradually unfolds as visitors walk and explore around the water's edge or go below the surface of the water to sit eye level or climb above for a bird's eye view.
4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312-2099. Contact: Susan Lubowsky Talbot - Director. (515) 277-4405. Fax: (515)271-0357.


Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection
The Martin H. Bush Sculpture Collection, named for the founding director of the museum, is installed outdoor across the 330-acre campus of Wichita State University. Artist such as Auguste Robin, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, George Ricky, and Luis Jimenez are represent on the WSU campus.
Contact: Ulrich Museum of Art, Tel: 316-978-3664 , Fax: 316-978-3898. 129 McKnight Art Center East, Wichita, Kansas 67260-0046


Johnson Community College Sculpture Collection
Growing collection of works by Borofsky, Cooper, Eldred, Flanagan, Hollander, Kenner, Kohler, Meadmore, Shea, and Shipman on the gently rolling hills of the 234-acre campus. New sculptures added annually.
Gallery of Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park 66210-1299. Contact: Bruce Hartman, director. (913) 469-8500, ext. 3972.

Krasl Art Center
The Krasl Art Center is a non-profit fine arts facility located in Southwest Michigan. The Krasl offers a wide range of educational programs for both children and adults. Designed to enhance knowledge and undersatnding of art in its many forms. Devoted exclusively to sculpture, the Krasl permanent collection focuses on outdoor works by prominent sculptors.

Cranbrook Academy
The 315-acre campus, located 20 miles north of Detroit, is noted for its landscaped grounds, outdoor sculpture and architecture by Kahn, and Saarinen. Cranbrook has the world’s second largest collection of sculpture by Carl Milles. Early 20th works by Evans, Korbel, and Moroti. Contemporary works by Nonas, Rosenthal and Voulkos.
1221 N. Woodward Ave., Box 801, Bloomfield Hills 48303-0801. Contact: Cranbrook Art Museum. (810) 645-3312.

Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour Program
The Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour program is an invitational large-scale exterior sculpture exhibition installed on campus by recognized professional artists.
Contact: Phil Vander Weg, (616) 387-2462, fax: (616) 387-2477, e-mail:

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Founded with the mission of exploring the duality between art and nature, Meijer Gardens features major works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Jonathan Borofsky, Antony Gormley, Dietrich Klinge, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson and Auguste Rodin among more than 170 sculptures dramatically situated across a 125-acre natural park.  Other works are on display throughout interior spaces and theme gardens. The permanent collection, in combination with the exhibition galleries and a sculpture education center, provides one of the most comprehensive sculpture experiences in the Midwest.

Contact: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Tel: (888) 957-1580.

Michigan Legacy Art Park
A serene, densely wooded thirty-acre site, where impressive works of art and an outdoor amphitheater celebrate the majest of the enviorment.Visitors will have a playful and profound experience in the park as they enjoy art, literature, dance storytelling and performance.
Contact: Patty Pelizzari, 415 6th, Traverse City, MI, 49684, Tel: (231) 947-1916. E-mail:


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center
Eleven-acre public garden with informal green areas, a rectilinear sculpture plaza, a series of walkways and a 300-foot-long, vine covered arbor. Includes contemporary sculpture by national and international artists, including Baizerman, Butterfield, di Suvero, Flannagan, Hatcher, Holzer, Lipchitz, and Oldenburg and Van Bruggen.
Hennepin and Lyndale Aves. Contact: Walker Art Center, Vineland Place, Minneapolis 55403. (612) 375-7600.

North High Bridge Sculpture Garden & Park
A community development project of the Uppertown Neighborhood, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. The Sculpture Garden and Park have evolved into a multi-cultural project reflecting the history and diversity of its city and dedicated to peaceful co-existence.
Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park (FSP) is a rural 16-acre site located between Shafer and Taylors Falls, Minnesota. FSP defines its mission as a world class sculpture park that supports emerging and mature artists and their careers, conducts operating workshops and offers residency programs.
Contact: John Hock (Director of Art and Program), 29815 Unity Avenue, Shafer, MN 55074, Tel: (651) 465-3701

General Mills Art Collection Sculpture Program
An 85-acre corporate campus with over 16 commissioned works by local, national and international artists, including Armajani, Borofsky, Burton, Consagra, Ferrara, Highstein, Larson, Nash, J.Newman, Serra and E.Zimmerman.
1 General Mills Blvd., Minneapolis 55426. (612) 540-7269.


Laumeier Sculpture Park
More than 65 works by national and international artists on 96 acres, including the largest collection of work by Ernest Trova in the world. Works by Aycock, di Suvero, Ginnever, Heizer, Judd, Liberman, Oppenheim, Rickey, and others. Site-specific works by Acconci, Ferrara, Fleischner, Graham, Miss, Pepper, Stackhouse, and von Rydingsvard.
12580 Rott Rd., St. Louis 63127. (314) 821- 1209. Open 8a.m. until dark, all year.

The Kansas City Sculpture Park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Kansas City Sculpture Park is a 17 acre park and the home of the largest collection of monumental bronze sculptures by Henry Moore outside of England, as well as works by Calder, Oldenburg and van Bruggen, and Segal.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City 64111. Contact: Margaret Keough. (816) 751-1227.


Blanke Sculpture Terrace
Sculpture terrace is open May through Oct. Sculptures by Calder, Caro, Maillol, Moore, and Renoir are permanently exhibited.
St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park, St. Louis 63110. (314) 721-0072. Open Tues., 1p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wed. through Sun., 10a.m. to 5p.m


Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at UNL
More than 35 works by national and international artists on 15 acres of the campus, with most of the work concentrated near the Sheldon Art Gallery. Artists include di Suvero, Heizer, Hunt, Lachaise, Neri, Oldenburg and Van Bruggen, Serra, Shea, Smith, and Zorach.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, 451 North 12th St., Lincoln 68588-0300. Contact: Karen Janovy, Curator of Education. (402) 472-2461. Email: Open all year.


Prairie Peace Park
The park is 27.5 acres and features an 80-by-10-foot fired clay mural created by 34 international artists, and an installation of 30,000 clay replicas of neclear warheads by Donachy and more than 15 other outdoor works with the theme of world peace.
PO Box 95062, Lincoln 68509. Pleasant Dale/Crete (exit 388) seven miles west of Lincoln. (402) 477-4733 or 795-2144. Open May 1 to Sept. 30, 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Sculpture Toledo
This guide organizes 34 works -- nearly all sculptures -- into three tours. Two are pleasant walks, either the 1.5 mile Downtown Tour or the .3 mile Toledo Botanical Garden Tour. The Neighborhood Tour is appropriate for a leisurely drive, spanning about 25 miles.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Pyramid Hill is an outdoor museum focusing on monumental pieces of sculpture in an environment of meadows, forests, and various gardens, including the eventual establishment of a collection That will demonstrate the complete history of sculpture. Office: 222 High St. Suite 201, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 (513) 868-8336
Outdoor Sculpture in the University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Collection
The outdoor sculpture program of the University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Collection includes contemporary works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Terry Allen, James Carpenter, George Rickey, and Joel Shapiro, among others. A temporary installation by Patrick Dougherty is scheduled for 2002.
DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210016. Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016. Contact: Anne Timpano, Director, DAAP Galleries, Tel: 513-556-2839

Columbus Museum of Art Sculpture Park
Spanning an entire city block, the sculpture park, designed by landscape architect Russell Page, includes a reflecting pool as well as enclosed and outdoor courtyards. More than 20 works are on display by Calder Hepworth, Moore, Maillol, Manzu, Marcks, Meadmore, Rickey, and others.
480 East Broad St., Columbus 43215. (614) 221-6801.

Margaret Woodson Fischer Sculpture Gallery
at The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Margaret Woodson Fischer Sculpture Gallery is an elegantly landscaped 1.5 acre garden. The outdoor sculpture gallery offers meandering red brick pathways creating organic shaped islands for the presentation of sculpture.
700 N 12th Street , Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007, Contact: Andrew McGiven- Curator of Exhibitions, Tel: (715) 845 7010

Bradley Family Foundation Sculpture Park
Sixty-one pieces by more than 40 artists including Archipenko, Bill, Etrog, Hepworth, Milkowski, Moore, Noguchi, Pan, Pepper, and Sugarman. Tour Fee.
2145 West Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee 553217. Contact: (414) 276-6840. Tours Mon. Through Sat. are available by appointment and must be made a week in advance.


Woodlot Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
Gallery consists of 3.5 acres near Lake Michigan. Up to 60 Pieces exhibited at one time by national and international artists, including Anderson, Buck, Caro, Chadwick, Fischer, Hunt, Jimenez, McCullough, Moroles, Patel and Stackhouse.
5215 Evergreen Dr., Sheboygan 53081. Contact: Janet and Christopher Graf. (414) 458-4798. By appointment only.

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