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Date ArticleType
6/19/2017 Member News
Grounds For Sculpture to Receive NEA Art Works Award

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Rhonda DiMascio
Director of Development


NEA Awards More Than $82 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide
Includes $30,000 awarded to Grounds For Sculpture

[Hamilton, New Jersey, June 16, 2017]—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to Grounds For Sculpture to support the exhibition, “Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths” and related programming.  The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Grounds For Sculpture, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“Grounds For Sculpture is honored to be recommended for this grant in support of ‘Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths,’ which will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Scott’s work to date,” commented Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director. “This exhibition comes at a unique time in Grounds For Sculpture’s evolution and reflects a commitment to further expand the scope of our work and engage new audiences. “We look forward to sharing our appreciation and understanding of Scott’s powerful creativity with all of our visitors. We are grateful to the NEA for this endorsement.”

A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Awardee, Scott’s 30+ year career as an artist shows mastery over a broad range of materials, and explores subject matter that fuses the autobiographical with the historical. The exhibition presents a survey of Scott’s glass and textile work, in which these deeply personal themes are heightened by inclusion of quilts made by Elizabeth Talford Scott, Joyce’s mother and a textile artist in her own right. Harriet’s Closet, a new installation created for the exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture, offers a meditation on the public persona and imagined private life of Harriet Tubman. Using a variety of media, including textiles, beaded glass, and found objects, Scott will explore these twin aspects of Tubman’s life through the creation of monumental and life-sized figurative representations. This survey of Scott’s work, Talford Scott’s textiles, and the new installation piece create an arc of intergenerational, continuous yet differently refracted histories of African American women made manifest through art. This exhibition is guest curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and Patterson Sims.

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Grounds For Sculpture (GFS), celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, is located in Hamilton, New Jersey, and is a forty-two acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum founded by Seward Johnson. 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. Shopping and dining options complement every visit. For hours, admission prices, and a calendar of events, visit Stay up to date at