This year, Brookgreen Gardens is pleased to offer several important traveling exhibits from across the country. All exhibits are included in garden admission.
January 26 – April 21
"Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor" travels to Brookgreen from the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. As Charleston’s premier sculptor of the twentieth century, Willard Hirsch’s (1905-1982) body of work developed over a fifty-year career will be examined in the exhibition. Trained to work in a variety of media, ranging from terra-cotta and plaster, to wood and metal, he established a studio on Exchange Street and successfully welcomed commissions from private collectors and public institutions. Over the course of his career, Hirsch exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design, National Sculpture Society, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in numerous galleries and museums in the Southeast. Some of Hirsch’s best known work is on permanent exhibition in Charleston’s public parks and buildings. He is represented in the Brookgreen collection by the bronze sculpture, "Joy of Motherhood".
"Recent Acquisitions, 2010-2012" presents some of the more than 85 gifts of art and historical objects received by Brookgreen Gardens in the last three years. Among the works on exhibit are three sculptures from a collection of 11 works by South Carolina sculptor Grainger McKoy given to Brookgreen by the Jane P. Slick Revocable Trust of Winston-Salem, NC. Many of these works represent the earliest and most important sculptures in wood by Grainger McKoy, nationally known for his realistic carved and painted sculptures of native birds. A second collection of wood and bronze sculptures by Elliott Offner, the gift of the estate of Rosemary O'Connell Offner, includes some of his earliest carved pieces as well as castings of important commissions and independent creations from throughout his career. Other individual art gifts on exhibit are by Steve Kestrel, Dan Ostermiller, Eugene Morelli, Hap Hagood, Sigmund Abeles, and Anna Hyatt Huntington. The exhibit also includes cast iron cooking implements from Fairfield Plantation on the Waccamaw Neck, the gift of descendants of the Alston family, and The Hermit of Brookgreen, a portrait of Dr. Joshua John Ward Flagg by Marion Ridgway. "Least Bittern" by Grainger McCoy shown above..
May 4 – July 28
"Selected Works by Rainey Master Sculptors, 2012-2013" includes artworks by Brookgreen’s Sculptors in Residence from 2012 and 2013, which is part of the Anne Edens Rainey Master Sculptor Program. Figure sculptors Amy Kann of Philadelphia and Gwen Marcus of New York City and animal sculptorsRod Zullo of Bozeman, Montana and Paul Rhymer of Point of Rocks, Maryland will provide an interesting display of recent award-winning works. Rod Zullo’s residency occurs March 24-April 7 and Paul Rhymer is in residence September 28-October 12 of this year.
"The American Medallic Sculpture Association 30th Anniversary Exhibition" will travel to Brookgreen Gardens from the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington. This juried exhibition of work by AMSA members presents both struck and cast medals by an international group of artists. During the exhibit venue, noted medallic artist Eugene Daub will teach a workshop on the subject as part of the Anne Edens Rainey Master Sculptor Program.
August 17– October 27
"The National Sculpture Society 80th Annual Awards Exhibition" will travel to Brookgreen Gardens from the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, FL. This popular juried exhibition, coming to Brookgreen for the 14th consecutive year, presents the work of rising stars alongside American masters of sculpture. Once again, visitors will be able to vote for their favorite works to win Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award.
November 29-January 1, 2014
Art, History, and Horticulture Holiday Exhibits