What is Sculpture Garden?
The Sculpture Garden was established in the memory of Minnie Rae Wood. It contains nine permanent works. It also showcases 10 pieces in our annual rotating exhibit.
This is the 16th year of the annual Sculpture Garden exhibit, which presents a unique viewing opportunity for our community. Each year we show the new pieces for a full 12 months on the grounds of the Kemp.
Each year, the artwork is juried by a nationally recognized artist. Awards for first, second and third place are also made at the opening of the exhibit.
As always, the garden is open to the public free of charge during all Kemp open hours.
What artwork will be showing this year?
The 2020-2021 exhibit features artists from around the country.
This year’s juror and judge was Houston sculptor Susan Budge. She selected the ten pieces accepted into the exhibit and awarded the prizes for first, second and third place.
“Even after selecting works for exhibitions and awards over the past twenty five years, jurying a show remains an engaging challenge. The criteria used for selection starts with the overall impression a work creates, the emotion and curiosity it invokes, the invitation to view it from all angles, the physicality and finally, the overall craftsmanship. All of the works selected for this exhibition are outstanding works of art that engage the viewer. However, in two dimensional images and in person three specific works engaged me longer than the rest, and those are the works selected for the awards: First place Dewane Hughes (“Wind Haiku”), second place Michelle O’Michael (“moon River”), and third place Danville Chadbourne (“Instinctive Disguise For Blind Acceptance”). It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the juror for this exhibition for the Kemp Center.” ~Susan Budge, June 13, 2020
Check out our preview slides and a great informational video from installer Joe Barrington from the 2016 installation.
What is After Hours Artwalk?
The After Hours Artwalk is a monthly celebration of the arts in Downtown Wichita Falls. Take a relaxing stroll and explore art studios, galleries, restaurants and shops.
The Kemp will be open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm during each After Hours Artwalk, every first Thursday of the month (April – October). Enjoy our Sculpture Garden exhibit and grounds and visit the indoor galleries.
Kid-friendly, Free fun!
How do I apply for the next exhibition?
The 2020-2021 exhibit call is now closed. All applications are processed through the CaFE website. Please check back for the 2021-2022 application link starting in the fall of 2021.