A Garden of Possibilities
As the MMFA celebrates 25 years in the Blount Cultural Park, we look forward to our future. The Board and staff are excited to announce plans for a new sculpture garden. Incorporating over three acres to the east of the Museum, the new space will grow out of the Lowder Gallery and Education Wing and allow us to plan for a variety of new and expanded offerings, such as outdoor studio space, food service, and special event areas.
We see our newest gallery as an integration of the Museum and the Park. Over the past few years we’ve often expanded beyond our walls with FLIMP Festivals, concerts, glass blowing demonstrations, and receptions. By creating a new space that invites members and visitors to linger, we can encourage more outdoor art activities. Spaces will encourage contemplation of three-dimensional works of art, as well as areas for social interaction and scheduled activities.
The Museum’s consulting architects from Barganier Davis Sims Architects Associated and Alex Smith, Landscape Architect, are planning this beautiful and distinctly different expansion of our building with groundbreaking during our 25th anniversary year and anticipated completion in 2018. Transformed by season, time of day, and even weather, the garden will provide an ever-changing and contemplative haven for viewing of works of art, and for the enjoyment of the natural beauty of our Park.
Art Framed by Nature
The proposed MMFA Sculpture Garden will provide an innovative venue for the display of art in the ever-changing natural landscape that we enjoy in our Blount Cultural Park home. Every element of nature—from the land itself, to the cyclical progression of skies, lights, and seasons—will complement sculptural creations that will be sited in this new “museum gallery in nature.”
The garden will feature both changing exhibitions of sculpture by contemporary artists from around the Southeast and the United States, as well as carefully chosen pieces that will relate to our permanent collection of American art. It will be designed with the flexibility to accommodate changing displays.
This addition to the MMFA facility will allow the Museum to present an exciting and compelling aspect of contemporary art that, up to now, has been difficult to accommodate. This “new dimension” of space and art will open up a world of possibilities for the enjoyment, enlightenment, and education of our audience and our community.
Mayor of Montgomery, The Honorable Todd Strange
MMFA Board President, Barrie H. Harmon, III
MMFA Director, Mark M. Johnson
Sculpture Garden Committee Members
Winston Wilson Reese
Laurie Jean Weil
Emily Lowder Wooten