Grounds For Sculpture


80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619
County: Mercer


Mr. Gary Schneider

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For general operating support of exhibitions, arts and educational programs for children and adults.

Organization Background

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) opened in 1992 with a mission to promote an appreciation and understanding of contemporary sculpture for all people. Its founder's vision was realized in the creation of a 42-acre sculpture garden with major exhibition, education, performance, and visitor facilities that make contemporary art accessible by showcasing it in beautiful settings that encourage discovery and learning. Built on the former NJ State Fairgrounds, GFS features an evolving collection of over 270 sculptures by both internationally renowned and emerging artists. Its arboretum has more than 200 cultivars of trees, thousands of flowering shrubs, and settings grand and intimate, all to spotlight art and engage the visitor. GFS' rotating gallery exhibitions, performing arts events, educational programs, and family activities invite people to approach and interact with art on their terms, growing in knowledge, understanding, and joy.

In May 2014, Gary Schneider joined the GFS staff as executive director. Gary's professional experience in museum-wide strategic planning and assessment were invaluable assets as GFS prepared for a major financial transition in 2015. In January 2015, our founder generously instructed a series of private family foundations to transfer ownership of the grounds, buildings, and artwork to Grounds For Sculpture, in preparation for making the institution more fully self-supporting. GFS is managed by a team of experienced professionals that include Rob Gross, Chief Financial Officer; Bonnie Brown, Director of Operations; Coby Green-Rifkin, Director of Marketing; Rhonda DiMascio, Director of Development; Matt Smith, Director of Facilities and Heather Brady, who joined in October of 2015, to fill the newly-created position of Director of Education and Engagement. Tom Moran is the Chief Curator and oversees sculpture-related programming and exhibitions. As Director of Collections and Exhibitions Management, Faith McClellan oversees the installation and care of works on the grounds and in galleries. Cassandra Demski is Curator of Education, and Rena Perrone is Curator of Performing Arts, who organizes performances and community events. We were also joined in December of 2014, by Mike Strengari, who was hired as GFS' first full-time Horticulturist.

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