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 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. 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
Apply for 2021-2022 Exhibition


What’s in this year’s exhibit?

The 2020-2021 exhibit features artists from around the country.

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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 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


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