Master Sculptor Program

The Wallace Master Sculpture Program is supported by a generous gift from Martha Wallace Pellett. Master Sculptor Program Sculptors-in-Residence demonstrate the sculpture process to the visiting public, work on pieces they have in process, give lectures on their work, and teach workshops on various subjects. Since 1999, Master Sculptors have been selected by invitation each year and serve to further advance Brookgreen’s relationship with working sculptors.

2024 Residencies, Workshops, Lectures, and Events


July 8 - 12, 2024: Summer Residency, John Belardo, FNSS.

John Belardo was educated as a sculptor at the New York Academy of Art, and the Newington Cropsey Academy of Art and as an apprentice in the studio of Richard McDermott Miller. His work is wide ranging from monumental public installations to digital prototyping and design as well as large-scale ceramic sculpture. He is currently the Artist in Residence at Chesterwood (historic home of Daniel Chester French). His sculptures and drawings have recently been exhibited at Brookgreen Gardens, Azarian McCullough Gallery, Vytlacil, Lodge Gallery, The Cathedral of St John the Divine, Salmagundi Club, Lyme Art Association and the World Maker Faire at New York Hall of Science. His work is permanently installed at Georgetown University, Cooperstown NY, and Lehman CUNY. Mr. Belardo’s travel notebook drawings were featured in Drawing Magazine, and he has contributed to scholarly journals on developmental perception. He recently presented the talk “Piccirilli Studio” at the NSS Annual Conference. Mr. Belardo won the Gold Medal from the Hudson Valley Art Association. He is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a faculty member at Lehman College CUNY, the New York Academy of Art, Newington Cropsey Foundation Academy of Art, and a visiting scholar for the Institute for American Universities.




Lectures, Demonstrations, and Events

For a complete list of Sculpture Workshops, click here.

Open Studio sessions are a live monthly event open to the public (on the following dates) in the Campbell Sculpture Center Studio. Join Bryan Rapp, Brookgreen’s Director of the Master Sculptor Program, and observe sculpture-making processes, demonstrations, and Q&A.  

Open Studios at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, located in the Zoo.

Open Studios is a program open to the public once a month, from 10 am to Noon, and invites guests to spend time with a sculptor and observe the various processes employed to produce a sculpture from clay to bronze. Guests are encouraged to ask questions.

The exhibits and most lectures, demonstrations, and events are free with regular admission. Additional lectures and programs related to temporary exhibitions in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and other events of the Master Sculptor Program are planned. 

Additional Questions?:
Kay Filar, Curatorial Associate, (843) 235-6034.
Robin R. Salmon, VP of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture, (843) 235-6012.
Or email the Sculpture Department using our contact form - choose "sculpture" on the Category dropdown. 


Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Daily

For their safety and the safety of our animal collection, pets are not allowed, nor can they be left in vehicles inside Brookgreen. Service animals that have received special training to assist disabled persons are welcome.


Daily General Admission Tickets for 7 consecutive days

Children 3 and under: Free

Children 4-12: $12

Adults 13-64: $22

Seniors 65 & Over: $20


1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Off US Highway 17 Bypass, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina's Hammock Coast