Up Now: Sculpture in the Garden

Postcard reading "33rd Annual Sculpture in the Garden: September 12 through December 5, 2021." Images of different sculptures, some mosaic, some ceramic, some metal, are arranged in rows.

The 33rd annual Sculpture in the Garden will open on Sunday, September 12 and run until Sunday, December 5.

Since 1988, Sculpture in the Garden has united the work of local artists with the native plant landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Together, they invite you to experience art, the natural world, and the relationship between the two in a new way. From steel to ceramic, tiny to massive, and abstract to figurative, there’s something for everyone. The show is free to visit during normal Garden hours (suggested donation $5), and all ages are welcome. Most sculptures are available for purchase, and a portion of proceeds benefits the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

As Sculpture in the Garden is entirely outdoors and spread out across our display gardens, it’s an ideal place to enjoy art in a safe and socially-distanced way. Masks are not required outdoors, but they’re still required in our indoor spaces, including to use the restroom. Please bring one with you when you visit!

Preview Party: Saturday, September 11

Get a first look at the show by joining us for the Preview Party on Saturday, September 11, at 4:30 p.m., where you’ll meet the artists, get the first chance to purchase sculptures, and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres! We’ll announce the winners of Best in Show and Honorable Mentions, chosen by a jurist, and you’ll be able to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Tickets are $30 per person: Get Preview Party tickets >

Learn more at ncbg.unc.edu/sculpture.