Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

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 17th 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. The artwork is juried by a nationally recognized artist and 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.

Current Exhibit Artwork
Otocast Audio Tour of the Exhibit
Jurying and Installation Process


What’s in this year’s exhibit?

The 2021-2022 exhibit features artists from around the country.


Can I Get A Tour?

You can take an self-guided audio tour through the exhibit using the Otocast app on your smartphone. This tour features audio interviews with the artists describing their entry into this year’s show with a GPS-activated map showing the location of each piece on the grounds. The app is fee to download for iOS and Android: Otocast for iOS and Otocast for Google Play

In addition, a full-color print catalog is available at the main reception area of The Kemp and can provide additional detailed information about the artists.


Artwork Selection, Installation and Awards

This year’s juror and judge was Waco sculptor Robbie Barber. Mr. Barber is currently Professor of Art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has taught Sculpture there since 2000. Born in Williamston, North Carolina in 1964, he was raised on a farm near the Roanoke River in Martin County. He received his BFA degree from East Carolina University in 1987 and his MFA degree from the University of Arizona in 1991. He has gained notoriety as a sculptor working in a variety of media, and is the recipient of numerous awards. These include a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Fellowship in Sculpture. He has exhibited at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art in Auburn, Alabama, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo, Japan, to name a few. Most recently, he completed the commissioned permanent outdoor sculpture “Geri”, for the Sculpture Zoo project for the City of Waco.  You can view his work here:

He selected the nine pieces accepted into the exhibit and awarded the prizes for first, second and third place.



How do I apply for the next exhibition?

Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed. All applications are processed through the CaFE website.

We will be selecting and announcing the accepted applicants soon.

For questions about the Call For Entries, please contact us at