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Art in the Garden: George Segal

Meet the Artist

Our newest Permanent Collection acquisition for the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden is Chance Meeting (1989) by American artist George Segal (1924–2000).

Segal’s sculptures sensitively portray life-sized figures in everyday encounters, often on city streets and connected to found objects from urban environments. In Chance Meeting, Segal placed a man and two women standing and engaging in conversation on a street corner under a post with intersecting “One Way” street signs. Segal’s arrangement of the figures, along with the title, suggests that this is an unexpected encounter between three friends or acquaintances. It is a chance meeting, one that may or may not change or influence the direction that each person takes. Segal’s work thrives on this ambiguity, and his pieces provide a glimpse into the human psyche.

Originally an abstract painter, Segal become known for his sculpture which he began making in 1958, and by 1961, he hit upon his signature process: using gauze and plaster bandages to cast from live models, mainly family and friends—his daughter Rena is the model for the woman in high heels in Chance Meeting. Segal received his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from NYU in 1949 and was part of a circle of prominent artists that included Alan Kaprow, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris. His work was included in the 1962 New Realists exhibition, which helped define Pop Art, a movement with which he became loosely associated. Since that time, Segal’s sculptures have been exhibited and collected by numerous museums worldwide.


George Segal (American, 1924–2000), Chance Meeting, 1986, bronze figures, cast aluminum pole, and aluminum signs, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift in memory of Samuel Leopold Schloss by the Samuel L. Schloss Family Foundation with additional funds provided by the Sara Lee Corporate Art Collection by exchange, © 2020 The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Art in the Garden: Karen LaMonte


Photograph courtesy of Karen LaMonte

Meet the Artist

Karen LaMonte (American, born 1967) works with various materials including cast glass, iron, and bronze to create life-sized dresses. Many viewers may be familiar with her glass masterpiece, Ojigi Bowing (2010), in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. In both Ojigi Bowing and Reclining Nocturne 3, LaMonte uses the lost-wax technique to render fine details of both the cloth and traces of the body underneath in the molds she creates for casting. In her work, LaMonte embraces and celebrates the feminine while highlighting the sensual and erotic nature of the body. In dresses such as Reclining Nocturne 3, 2016, seen here, she subtly subverts the tradition of reclining nude figures by removing the body, only leaving behind a hollow dress.  Simultaneously, she constructs an identity and a narrative about her subject without any identifying characteristics. Despite not knowing the exact identity of this woman, LaMonte creates an individualized portrait.

Currently, LaMonte lives and works in the Czech Republic. She graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and later worked in glass centers such as Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle and UrbanGlass in New York. LaMonte’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions and acquired for museum collections around the world.

Karen LaMonte (American, born 1967), Reclining Nocturne 3, 2016, rusted iron, Loan courtesy of Karen LaMonte

Backyard Botanical Art

This bi-weekly livestream is an evolution of the Museum’s Botanical Art Workshop that traditionally takes place in the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden. Through the MMFA’s Instagram account, Assistant Curator of Education Laura Bocquin shares the basics of botanical art that you can accomplish in your own backyard.

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Upcoming Sessions

All Bloomed Out

Saturday, September 5
9:30-10:30 AM

August 1, 2020

Class Title: Summer Succulents

Materials: watercolor paper, 3M painters tape, pencil and eraser, watercolor paints and paintbrush, water cup, paper towel, and a technical pen

July 4, 2020

Class Title: Flowers and Fireworks

Materials: canvas board, acrylic paints, palette, paintbrushes, water cup, paper towel

June 20, 2020

Class Title: Draw What You See

Materials used: drawing paper, pencil, eraser, and colored pencils

May 23, 2020

Class Title: In Full Bloom

Materials used: watercolor paper, 3M blue painters tape, pencil and eraser, watercolor paints and paintbrushes, cup for water, and paper towel.

May 9, 2020

Class Title: Fun With Color

Laura demonstrates how to enhance a drawing using colored pencils to create the illusion of depth.

Materials used: pencil, eraser, colored pencils, and paper.

April 25, 2020

Class Title: Looking Closely, Take Two

Laura demonstrates how to use drawn lines and painted color gradation to create the impression of curving leaves and petals.

Materials used: watercolor paper, pencil, colored pencils, ultra-fine pen, watercolor paints and paintbrushes, palette, and water.

April 11, 2020

Class Title: Looking Closely

For the introductory livestream, Larua shared the basics of botanical art that can be accomplished in your very own backyard.

Materials used: pencils, ultra-fine pen, watercolor paints and paintbrushes, palette, and water.

Share Your Work

We would love to see your creations! Share your work with us by taking a photograph and emailing it to us at

Caddell Sculpture Garden – Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts officially opened the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden to the public. Transformed by season, time of day, and even weather, the Garden provides an ever-changing and contemplative haven to view works of art and to enjoy the natural beauty of our Park.

Learn more about the inaugural exhibition, Art in the Garden.


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