About The Sculpture Center
The Sculpture Center receives generous support from The Callahan Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, studioTECHNE|architects, the Leonard Krieger Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, Sculpture Center board members, and many individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center. It receives additional generous public funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Mission of The Sculpture Center
The Sculpture Center is an arts institution dedicated to the advancement of the careers of emerging sculptors of Ohio and its greater region and the preservation of Ohio outdoor public sculpture as a means to provide support for artists and to effect the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the Cleveland community and beyond.
The Sculpture Center's Region
The Sculpture Center's exhibitions are open to sculptors and installation and expanded media artists, with sculpture defined in as broad a manner as possible, of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania (western half of state), western New York (west from Rochester) and Ontario, Canada.
Visiting The Sculpture Center
The Sculpture Center connects Cleveland and its visitors with the artists and inspired three-dimensional and installation art of Ohio and our greater region. In the fall season, visitors to The Sculpture Center can see the sculptural or installation work of rapidly rising, mid-career, and established artists from this geographical region. Throughout the winter and spring, the visitor can explore the most current trends in sculpture making through the work of four to six early career Ohio sculptors showcased in the Window to Sculpture Series of one-person exhibitions. In the summer months, visitors can view the artwork of over 20 artists in the extremely popular and critically acclaimed annual exhibition of small sculpture by artists from this geographical region, juried by a preeminent artist, curator, or art critic.
With a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere, The Sculpture Center invites first time visitors, including children, youth, and teenagers, to enjoy the artwork or to consider the ideas and cultural currents suggested by the art. Sculpture is often as fun and visually surprising as it is thought provoking, and everyone can relate to its sizes, shapes, and textures. The Sculpture Center welcomes clubs and groups from school age to senior for tours, with a prior appointment. There is ample free parking and handicap accessibility.
The Sculpture Center exhibits the highest quality contemporary sculpture by rapidly rising, mid-career, and established artists of our greater region. The Sculpture Center advances the careers of emerging Ohio sculptors with a series of dedicated exhibitions and publications. On its website The Sculpture Center maintains significant resource information for sculptors nationwide, at the Sculptors Forum, and a database of Ohio sculptors for use by the public at the Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory (OOSI), and it disseminates information on the preservation of Ohio outdoor sculpture.
The Sculpture Center gives public access to artists through talks and panels that reveal the creative artistic mind and explore the highly original use of materials and technologies by today’s artists. The Sculpture Center encourages the collection of sculpture, and its exhibitions often provide the opportunity for the purchase of works of art.
The Sculpture Center is located just off of Euclid Avenue at 1834 East 123rd Street. It is at the easternmost edge of University Circle, three blocks past the Cleveland Institute of Arts McCullough Building, adjacent to Lake View Cemetery, and two blocks north of Mayfield Avenue in Little Italy. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve shares the same building and often has exhibitions open concurrently with The Sculpture Center's.
When planning a visit to The Sculpture Center, consider also visiting Lake View Cemetery with its many historic monuments, the Wade Chapel decorated entirely by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the James A. Garfield Monument with a spectacular view of the lake and Frank Gehry’s building from its second story balcony, and beautifully planted and wooded grounds. Lake View Cemetery offers guided and self-guided tours. Just down the street from The Sculpture Center are Little Italy’s restaurants, galleries, and artists’ studios, which should not be missed.
SUPPORT THE SCULPTURE CENTER WITH A DONATION
Support this unique arts organization and become a Friend of The Sculpture Center today. The Sculpture Center cannot provide its support of sculptors of Ohio and the greater region without your support. The Sculpture Center is a resource to visitors and artists from Ohio to China and everywhere in between. Invaluable to our website visitors is the in depth information provided about current and past exhibitions of The Sculpture Center, the postings of regional, national, and international calls for artists, fabricators and suppliers throughout the country, Ohio’s outdoor public sculpture, and sculpture conservation. Please consider making a donation today to support our website, exhibitions, educational programs, and ongoing information postings.
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Green Policy of The Sculpture Center
The Sculpture Center believes that the world climate is warming as a result of human activity and that, while individual efforts are considerably less consequential than the reduction of greenhouse gas and other pollutants that are produced at a macro level, it is the responsibility of every world citizen to try to reduce pollution, conserve energy and minimize human effects on the world climate in order to promulgate an awareness of the dangers to the world from climate change. The Sculpture Center makes concerted efforts towards this goal in all its practices.