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HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together at Grounds For Sculpture Educational Gallery August 21 - September 25


Name – HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together

Venue – Grounds For Sculpture Educational Gallery, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

Dates – August 21st to September 25th, 10 am- 6 pm

Cost - $12

The vital and dynamic human spirit of homeless and working poor families is unleashed into astounding and emotional artistic expression in the upcoming month long educational exhibit, “HomeFront: Putting the Pieces Together” at the renowned Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton Aug. 21 – Sept. 25.  The artists are clients of HomeFront, a NJ non-profit agency serving homeless and very low-income families.


Valid from 08/04/2011 to 09/26/2011

Enable, Inc. Announces “A Taste of Art & Spirits” at Grounds for Sculpture May 12, 2012


Enable, Inc., a nonprofit supporting persons with chronic disabilities, will host “A Taste of Art & Spirits” at the Grounds For Sculpture on May 12, 2012, presenting artwork created by men and women from the organization’s programs and offering guests spirit tastings.  Tickets for the event are available at or by calling 609-987-5003 x120.

The event will showcase pieces created in a therapeutic workshop lead by sculptor Cliff Ward for persons affected by intellectual and physical disabilities.  Many of the men and women who participated in the workshop had visual or communicative challenges.  When speech is limited or not present as a means to communicate, art is often a constructive and positive means of self-expression.   "Exploring the possibilities of vessel-making using balloons as the mold allowed participants to create and challenge themselves,” explained Ward.  “The sculptures that these individuals made exuded confidence, fun and creativity."

Cliff Ward, who guided the class of special artists over a two-day workshop, is known locally for his talent as a sculptor and an art educator for persons with special needs.   Ward trained and taught at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture.  In addition to presenting pieces in several exhibitions at The Grounds For Sculpture, Ward has exhibited or held solo shows with the Ellarslie Museum, The New Hope Arts Council, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.  He holds a degree in speech communications and provides art instruction for persons with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth, as well as the general population of budding artists.  In Mercer County, Ward has lead courses for the Grounds For Sculpture, Stuart County Day School, Isles, and Enable.

Enable’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Copeland, remarked, “We saw a level of excitement and involvement that demonstrated how art truly allows for a channel of self-expression and identity.  The sculptures created by the men and women we support give a clear understanding that people with severe disabilities are individuals that have talents and emotions and abilities, just like you and me.”

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are still available. Enable is grateful for the support of its Celebration Gala sponsors including: Bloomberg, The Boyle Family Foundation, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Hovione, Pepper Hamilton, Sovereign Bank, Stark & Stark, Turner Construction, Withum Smith & Brown, and Joe Zawistowski.

Enable is a non-profit organization that has been helping men and women with severe disabilities live full and independent lives in our communities since 1989.  The organization delivers individualized services to meet the needs of 450 persons with chronic disabilities and elderly persons throughout central New Jersey.  Learn more about Enable at or by emailing


Valid from 04/29/2012 to 05/13/2012

Third NJ 2017 Statewide Symposium on African American History Draws Educators, Museum Professionals, Historic Sites and Community & Faith Leaders to Grounds for Sculpture in Growing Movement for Change


Hamilton, New Jersey—November 15, 2017—On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, the Grounds For Sculpture hosted the third statewide symposium of its kind, “Presenting and Discussing Difficult Topics in African American History,” programming designed to inspire conversation as well as provide information, resources and a regularly scheduled networking forum. The symposium was funded in part by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Historical Commission. Workshop sessions were organized for people working in schools at all levels and in afterschool and youth programs, as well as for people working in colleges and universities. Other workshops were designed for people meeting with visitors to museums, libraries and historic sites and members of faith and civic groups.

“Our symposia have served to seek answers through exploring our history and culture to make for a more harmonious and productive today and tomorrow,” asserted moderator Dr. Linda Caldwell-Epps, President and CEO of 1804 Consultants and Former President of the New Jersey Historical Society. “Our state’s ability to conquer the “isms” could serve as an example to others.  Our consortium through our symposia is only trying to do our part in moving our communities, our state, and our country on the path to true civility and harmony.” John Buck, President of Stoutsburg Cemetery and President of the newly formed Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) expressed his personal concerns for the nation, as he quoted Elie Weisel, “The opposite of love is not hate—the opposite of love is indifference.” Buck continued, “We are called upon to love each other.”

The all-day event, organized by a partnership among Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), the New Jersey Historical Society, the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), and the 1719 William Trent House also included a special viewing of Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, an exhibition of works by Scott, a Baltimore-based artist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner, now on view at Grounds For Sculpture.

“Museums and cultural institutions have the potential to serve as bridges within our communities. GFS was honored to partner with the New Jersey Historical Society, Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, and the William Trent House on these symposiums, which brought together people of all backgrounds who share a desire for change and transformative dialogue about race. Art can also prompt challenging conversations that can help move us forward. Beyond its physical beauty and technical mastery, the current Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths exhibition gives voice to many difficult truths,” says Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of Grounds For Sculpture, “and in doing so, provides the opportunity for genuine self-reflection.” 

During the symposium, the character of Harriet Tubman came to life in the performance of actress and educator, Ivey Avery, who quipped that she was usually only invited to visit during February for Black History Month. Heather Brady, Director of Education and Engagement at Grounds For Sculpture and Dr. Cassandra Jackson, Scholar-in-Residence at Grounds For Sculpture, later provided in-depth context about the Joyce J. Scott exhibition. All speakers demonstrated the power of the arts in raising awareness and promoting dialogue.

Dr. Tabitha McKinley, State Coordinator for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for the New Jersey Department of Education, presented alarming statistics regarding the lack of student knowledge and time allotted for teaching topics dealing with African American history. For instance, in one 2014 statistic, 64% of 8th graders did not know that Jim Crow referred to laws that enforced racial segregation.

The symposium series of events was born over a year ago when Elaine Buck, a board member of SSAAM, where her husband serves as president, and coauthor with Beverly Mills of a forthcoming book about African American history in the Central Jersey region, was on a tour of Trenton’s historic William Trent House with Sam Stephens, a Trustee of the Trent House Association. She noticed that the inventory of Trent’s possessions made after his death listed the names of eleven individuals who were obviously slaves. She asked how the Trent House was presenting this information to visitors.

Instead of shying away from Buck’s question, soon thereafter Stephens set up a meeting with Buck and her writing partner, Beverly Mills, to discuss ways to create greater awareness and dialogue around the African American historical experience in the state of New Jersey. “I’m proud of the partnerships that we’ve developed with Grounds For Sculpture and SSAAM, as well as all of the other partners and people who are committed to acknowledging the impact of slavery on not only our past but where we are now as a nation. This is helping us at the Trent House move forward on an ethical interpretation of slavery in our programs and tours,” said Stephens. ??“The response to all three symposiums has been overwhelming,” Stephens continued. “What we hear the most is ‘Do more’ and ‘Do them frequently.’ People are hungry for opportunities for reflection and dialogue in a safe space.”


1719 William Trent House: The Trent House Association’s mission is to preserve, with the City of Trenton, the 1719 William Trent House as an historic house museum used for the purpose of public education. Governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Trent House Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating funds are sustained by private donations, fundraising activities, and a General Operating Support Grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission with funds from the New Jersey Historical Commission. A grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities is supporting research and community forums as the Trent House expands its interpretation of slavery in colonial New Jersey.

Grounds For Sculpture: Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and is a forty-two acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum founded by Seward Johnson. It combines art and beckoning spaces to surprise, inspire, and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. Its collection features over 270 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists. Exhibitions change seasonally in six indoor galleries. Offering rich educational programs, a robust schedule of performing arts, and family events, it is open year-round, with extended hours in the summer season.

New Jersey Historical Society: Founded in 1845, the New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non-profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey. The Society offers access to its archival collections and educational programs for all ages in the belief that an understanding and appreciation of historical issues, decisions and actions can inform and inspire the people of New Jersey. Through the history of New Jersey – a quintessentially American place – the Historical Society promotes exploration of our cultures, past and present to inspire our citizen to grow as learners and thinkers.

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM): The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum was born out of decades’ worth of research conducted by two of its Advisory Board Members, Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck. Both women serve on the board of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association and their research began as a quest to establish Stoutsburg as the official burial place for Private William Stives, a Revolutionary War Veteran and one of the first African American settlers in the Sourland Region.  The two decided to co-author a book, If These Stones Could Talk.  The book aims to provide a clearer understanding of the African American experience and accomplishments in Hopewell Valley (and surrounding areas).

Wild River Publishing: Wild River Books helps authors write and develop stories that make a difference. Our mission is to publish literary works, family stories, and powerful speeches that connect us and move us forward. We work with authors and brands that elevate and humanize powerful stories and ideas. Wild River Books’ hybrid model of publishing combines high editorial and cover design standards and cultivated author branding strategies of traditional publishing with newer models that give authors greater control of their final work while continuously offering rigorous editorial direction, critical feedback and PR consulting that help authors reach their writing and publication goals.

Valid from 11/15/2017 to 12/31/2017

Grounds For Sculpture


Valid from 07/22/2009

January Events at Grounds For Sculpture




Free with park admission. Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

Bring the kids for treasured tales and a hands-on art project inspired by this season’s exhibitions. Gallery location, story, and art project change monthly.


Wednesday, January 8, 10:30am

Pigeon Loves Things That Go! by Mo Williams will be read in the exhibition Out of Context in the Museum Building. This story explores different vehicles that move on wheels. After the story, create a project based upon the artist William Knight who uses tires to create his artwork. 


Tots on Tour!

Saturday, January 11
11am and 1pm

Free with park admission. Rain or shine!
Hands-on Workshops suitable only for 3–5 year olds
Listen to a story, become GFS Park Explorers, and make art. Lessons and themes change monthly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited; First-come, first-served.  Meets in the Visitor Center. Instructor: Joslyn Johnson.




Sunday, January 12, 2pm

Free with park admission

Let the chips fall where they may as these master carvers turn huge blocks of ice into art! Using power saws, chisels, brawn, and grit, this talented group of artists will amaze you with what and how they create!




Wednesday, January 15, 1-4pm

Join Michael S. Miller of Visions Photographic Workshops for a master class using GFS’s 42-acres and 270 sculptures as inspiration and subject. Miller will provide pointers on composition and perspective to help you hone your skills.

This photowalk will take place outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather. Rain or shine – in case of extreme weather, students will photowalk our indoor galleries. A digital point and shoot camera or digital SLR camera is required. In partnership with Visions Photographic Workshop. For more information, please visit

$55 Members; $70 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586.0616.



THE HALLMARK WINE SERIES at Toad Hall Shop & Gallery

January 17 at 5:30pm

Join Rat’s resident wine guru Alan Hallmark on the third Friday of every month as he makes fine wine both approachable and fun during a tasting series sure to please the novice and aficionado alike. This year he will explore various beers and spirits as well. All tastings take place at the Toad Hall Gallery located across the courtyard from the entrance to Rat’s Restaurant. The cost of the class is $10 per person which is waived if you make a dinner reservation in advance. Space is limited so please call (609) 584-7800 to reserve your spot. Schedule: Bourbons and Ryes




Sat – Sun, January 18 – 19 & 25 – 26

Hunt for elusive and intriguing titles and support the important role of libraries in our communities during these two special weekends just for booklovers. All book sale proceeds benefit the library. Park admission required.


                January 18 – 19: Hamilton Township Public Library

                January 25 – 26: Cranbury Public Library



Focus on Sculpture Gallery Talk with WALTER CHOROSZEWSKI

Saturday, January 25, 11am

Free with park admission

Walter Choroszewski, juror for Focus on Sculpture 2014, will discuss his selection process and the works on view. Choroszewski is a distinguished photographer who has been a New Jersey specialist for over thirty years. His photography of the garden state has been widely published in books, calendars, and brochures, and his fine art prints and murals are displayed in many New Jersey corporate locations and private collections.




Saturday, January 25, 1-5:30pm

Photography is all about light! And where there is light, there is shadow to create positive and negative spaces. Learning to see the quality, quantity, and direction of light and how this relates to positive and negative structure within your photograph will be at the core of this workshop. The slide lecture will be followed by a lighting demonstration, a look at how featured artist Edwina Sandys uses positive and negative space in her sculptures, and a fun hands-on opportunity to try some of the techniques and tips with lighting equipment supplied by the instructor. Students should bring cameras, instruction manual, and a notebook. Instructor: Nancy J. Ori. $85 Members; $95 non-Members. To register, please call (609) 586.0616.




Sunday, January 26, 1pm

Nothing says warmth in winter more than curling up with a good book! Join the GFS Book Club to meet your fellow book lovers and discover, discuss, and debate some truly great reads! Led by Jackie Kulesa, a librarian in Old Bridge and a passionate lover of books, art, and lively discourse, each selection highlights a different facet of art. The titles are available at local libraries and bookstores; you will need to bring your own copy. Call (609) 586-0616 to reserve your space. Participants who make advance reservations will receive free admission on book club dates!




Sunday, January 26, 3 – 6pm

Free with park admission

Boheme Opera NJ returns to Grounds For Sculpture's East Gallery in celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season! If you have never experienced live recital performances by operatic voices, you are in for a treat at Boheme's "Reunion Operathon". The event will feature 20 leading role singers from its main stage history, accompanied by pianists on the East Gallery's beautiful Petrov grand piano. You will hear an array of live excerpts from various operas and meet talented singers who represent a new generation of artistry. WWFM, The Classical Network will join Boheme that afternoon as it broadcasts the Operathon live from the East Gallery. Save the date for this unique mid-winter collaboration!




Valid from 01/07/2014 to 01/31/2014

Grounds For Sculpture Spring/Summer Exhibition 2009


Two exhibitions of contemporary sculpture will be exhibited at Grounds For Sculpture for our Spring/Summer Exhibition 2009, open to the public May 10 through September 29, 2009. This exciting season features the work of sculptors Jesús Moroles and Steve Madsen. New Additions Outdoors in the sculpture park include works by Dan Namingha and Arlo Namingha.

Hamilton, NJ – Two exhibitions of contemporary sculpture will be exhibited at Grounds For Sculpture for our Spring/Summer Exhibition 2009, open to the public May 10 through September 29, 2009. This exciting season features the work of sculptors Jesús Moroles and Steve Madsen. New Additions Outdoors in the sculpture park include works by Dan Namingha and Arlo Namingha.
Jesús Moroles is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2008 National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bush for his “enduring achievements as a sculptor of stone.” Born in Corpus Christi, Texas and educated at North Texas State University, Moroles lives and works in Rockport, Texas. After returning from a year of studio work in Italy in 1980, Moroles commenced to make the body of work for which he is now widely known. To date, Moroles’ work has been included in over 130 one-person exhibitions and over 200 group exhibitions. His large-scale works are sited in China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States.
Steve Madsen, an American woodworker, sculptor and professional furniture designer, was born in Oxnard, California and educated at Utah State University and the University of New Mexico. Currently residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the community in which he has spent his entire career, Madsen has achieved international recognition for his finely detailed furniture and his eclectic works in wood. To date, Madsen’s skills as a craftsman have won multiple awards, including the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman’s Fellowship, and his pieces have been included in exhibitions and collections across the globe, including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Albuquerque and The University of Texas.
New Additions Outdoors presents works by two artists, a father and son, both new to the Grounds this season.
Dan Namingha presents his work, Symbolism I, cast in bronze. From the Tewa-Hopi tribe, Dan has been showing professionally as an artist for thirty years. His works command unwavering respect for the earth and spirit of his ancestry, the beautiful heritage that is the heart of his creativity. Dan paints and sculpts the imagery of his homeland and his peoples, drawing from his sacred traditions he allows us a guarded glimpse of the link between the physical and spirit world.
Arlo Namingha is the 35 year old, eldest son of Dan Namingha. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and raised in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, Arlo grew up with his native culture, and began carving Kachina Dolls at an early age. By his early twenties he was producing wood sculptures and now works in wood, clay, stone and bronze. His works are included in many museum private collections as well as several U.S. embassies. His sculpture, Dance, will be a welcome addition to the Grounds For Sculpture landscape.
Grounds For Sculpture is a public non-profit organization consisting of a 35-acre sculpture park, two indoor museums and Rat’s restaurant, located on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Grounds For Sculpture is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619. For additional information on programs and special events please call (609) 586-0616. ext. 20 or visit our Web site at <>

Valid from 05/18/2009 to 09/30/2009

An Evening with Susan Orlean at Grounds for Sculpture Oct 22


Princeton Public Library is excited to present "An Evening with Susan Orlean" with our partner, the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture, on Oct. 22 when the acclaimed author will talk about her newly released work, "The Library Book." Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available now.

Called "Mesmerizing ... A riveting mix of true crime, history, biography and immersion journalism" in a Booklist starred review, "The Library Book" reopens the unsolved mystery of the catastrophic 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and spotlights the fascinating history of libraries and the crucial role they play in our lives.

Orlean, a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker is also the author of "The Orchid Thief" and "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend." Her talk will begin at 7:30.

Tickets to the special event are $35 and include admission to Grounds for Sculpture beginning at 4 p.m., and a signed hardcover copy of "The Library Book." A limited number of $30 student and senior tickets will also be available. Grounds for Sculpture is at 80 Sculpture Way in Hamilton.

Valid from 09/24/2018 to 10/23/2018

Princeton Leeep Young Professionals Host "Cultural Night Out Concert" at Grounds for Sculpture June 14


Friday, June 14th at 5:30 p.m.

Ticket price: $35

Register now!

Please note: walk-ins not accepted 


Join the Princeton Leeep Young Professionals for a great night out and a concert at Grounds for Sculpture. At 5:30 p.m. we'll begin with an exclusive private party, catered by Rats Restaurant at the water garden. The concert, featuring The Deb Callahan Band will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Come early & explore the park!


Ticket includes: entrance to park, concert ticket, private party, food & one drink. Event is rain or shine and will be indoors in case of inclement weather. Register now!


Valid from 06/01/2013 to 06/15/2013

Wellness Walk & Talk at Grounds for Sculpture August 19, 2010


Wellness Walks / Wellness Talks

Date: Aug. 19
Time: Walk begins at 9:30am followed by talk and refreshments at 10:15am.

Grounds For Sculpture is pleased to host a new program, sponsored by Springpoint Senior Living and Stoneking Wellness Center – Wellness Walks/Wellness Talks.  We want you to enjoy the park and get fit at the same time!  This fitness program is for the mature adult who wants to get into shape, enjoy the natural beauty of Grounds For Sculpture, and learn how to live an active, healthful lifestyle.  Each session includes healthy refreshments while you learn.  To view a full list of dates and topics of discussion for each, please click here.

Price: $10 per class (includes Park Admission).  Please call (609) 689-1089 to register.

Classes and Park Admission are free to Stoneking Wellness Center members and Residents of Springpoint Senior Living Facilities.  Click the name to learn more about each sponsor.

Valid from 08/12/2010 to 08/20/2010