A Garden of Possibilities
As the Museum celebrates 28 years in the Blount Cultural Park, we look forward to our future. The Board and staff are excited to announce that the construction of a new sculpture garden is underway. Incorporating over three acres to the east of the Museum, the new space is growing out of the Lowder Gallery and Education Wing and allows us to plan for a variety of new and expanded offerings, such as outdoor studio space, food service, and specialized 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 will encourage more outdoor art activities. Spaces will promote contemplation of three-dimensional works of art, as well as areas for social interaction and scheduled events.
The Museum’s consulting architects, Barganier Davis Sims Architects Associated, planned this beautiful and distinctly different expansion of our building with an 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 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 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 Emeritus, Roger Spain
MMFA Director Emeritus, Mark M. Johnson
We invite you to join the annual campaign to make the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden, a new space for education, exhibition, and events at the Museum, one of the finest galleries in the southeast. All gifts received between October 25, 2017, and April 30, 2018, will be recognized permanently in the Caddell Garden as founding Garden Society donations.
Sculpture Garden Committee
|Barrie Harmon||Committee Chair|
|Cathy Caddell||Ginny Cumbus||Camille Elebash-Hill|
|Bonner Engelhardt||Peggy Mussafer||Winston Wilson Reese|
|Adam Schloss||Roger Spain||Winifred Stakely|
|Janet Waller||Laurie Jean Weil||Emily Lowder Wootten|