Kuenz Sculpture Park
In 1992, a newly formed sculpture committee developed a plan for the establishment of a sculpture park amid 90 acres of meadows and woods. Kuenz Sculpture Park, the museum’s open-air gallery, was developed so that visitors may experience art in a natural setting. Beginning with support from Midwest sculptors, the park now includes work by nationally and internationally known artists, such as Fletcher Benton, Chakaia Booker, Alexander Liberman and Dennis Oppenheim.
Emergence by Tova Beck-Friedman, Folded Square Alphabet U by Fletcher Benton and Dolmen by Pat McDonald are just a few of the outstanding works in the Park’s permanent collection. Among the works brought to the park on loan in the last few years are Venus Verde by Kathleen Holmes, Serendipity by Chakaia Booker and the Apple of Eve's Eye by Howard Kalish.
Two new sculptures were added to the park during the summer of 2009. Vessel , a large sculpture made of brushed steel, is the creation of Tom Orr of Dallas, TX. Orr’s sculpture won the Bernard F. Kuenz award in the 2008 Cedarhurst Biennial Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. In the same competition, Ron Gard of Chicago received the Mt. Vernon Business Award for his sculpture The Apprentice. This 16 foot tall Cor-Ten steel sculpture is now part of the Kuenz Sculpture Park.
The park received national attention from Alfio Bonanno’s site-specific installation Self-Suspended/Fallen, which was featured on the cover of Sculpture magazine. The sculpture park was acclaimed for its unique loan program and dynamic growth in Sculpture Parks and Gardens of America (Kesend Publishing, 1996). Dancers, the floating sculpture by Martha Enzmann, was featured on the cover of that book.
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