When the museum opened its expansion and renovation in 2011, a major part of the project was the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, an outdoor space devoted to the display of works by women sculptors. As of the present, the sculpture garden has housed rotating traveling exhibitions rather than permanent collection works, but the museum’s sculpture holdings continue to grow. Beverly Pepper’s “Ascension,” a large work in steel, graces the Performing and Visual Arts Complex quad in front of the museum’s entrance. Other works include those by Jane Manus, a collection of small bronzes, both animalier and human figures, including artists such as Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin and Rosa Bonheur. Exhibitions in the sculpture garden have featured works by Steinnun Thorarinsdottir and Chakaia Booker.
For more information about sculpture in the collection, contact Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art.