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Long Profile of Grounds For Sculpture in NJ



Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey was established in 1992 as an outdoor sculpture park.

It is a 42-acre public sculpture art park located in Hamilton, NJ at the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds.

Besides the outdoor permanent collection, there are indoor seasonal exhibitions, plus there are educational programs taught by professional artists. Artist residencies and lectures are conducted by artists who are installing their art works.


Grounds For Sculpture was founded in 1992 by J. Seward Johnson "to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people."

"Construction on the sculpture park began in 1989 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds; Grounds For Sculpture opened to the general public in 1992. "


The Museum's mission according to their website: "Grounds For Sculpture was established in 1992 to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people by:

  • maintaining a 42-acre sculpture park composed of works by well-known and emerging American and international artists in Hamilton, NJ;
  • organizing accessible exhibitions; and
  • interpreting these exhibitions through publications, lectures, workshops and other educational programs.

In accordance with its mission, Grounds For Sculpture presents visitors with an evolving permanent outdoor collection, seasonal exhibitions, and educational programs designed to facilitate the understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture."


Grounds For Sculpture is centrally located in Hamilton, New Jersey. It is in-between New York City and Philadelphia. It is easily accessible via the public rail systems.

Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the studied practice of restoring an artwork. Art conservators undertake detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork and preserve it for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired numerous public sculptures by well-known artists.

According to their website: "Since its inception, the park has built a collection of over 240 works, including sculptures by renowned artists Clement Meadmore, Anthony Caro, Beverly Pepper, Kiki Smith, and New Jersey sculptor George Segal. Some of the works in the collection were commissioned specifically for the sculpture park, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Space of Stone and New Jersey artist Isaac Witkin’s Garden State."

Noteworthy Facts:

Grounds For Sculpture Artist Residencies allow the community to work with artists in creating and assisting them with their on-site sculptural installations.

Workshops art taught by artists, providing hands-on arts training for various levels and age groups.

Artists who are interested in participating in any of the programs, may wish to inquire with a proposal inquiry email sent to: info@groundsforsculpture.org.

Employment Information:

Grounds For Sculpture does not post job opportunities; however, it does welcome volunteers to be Docent Guides providing educational tours; to work at the Reception and Information desks; and to work sales at the Museum Shop.

How to Apply for a Job:

If the Museum does not have any employment opportunities posted, you may want to become a volunteer first. Alternatively, you may consider sending your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum for future consideration.

Museum's Contact Info:

Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Tel:(609) 586-0616

Grounds For Sculpture's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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