An annual exhibit

Each fall, Sculpture in the Garden unites the work of local artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

From steel to ceramic, tiny to massive, and abstract to figurative, there’s something for everyone. As the seasons change, the plants, weather, light, and wildlife around the sculptures also change. We hope you’ll come see the show several times: it’s different every visit!

Most sculptures are available for purchase, but all remain on site until the end of the show.

Can’t make it in person? Watch the virtual tour video or see the show in pictures.

A ceramic sculpture of an octopus in a raised Water Garden bed.
Wrapped by Mac McCusker (front) and State of Balance by Hamidou Sissoko (background), part of the 2020 Sculpture in the Garden exhibit.


Sunday, September 13 -Sunday, December 6
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays (normal Garden hours)
Closed Mondays and for Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27)

$5 suggested donation; no reservation necessary

This year’s show features 61 installations by 41 local artists. 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. When you visit the show, you’ll need to follow our standard safety precautions to ensure the Garden is safe for everyone. These include checking yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 before you visit, bringing a mask or face covering, and keeping your distance from others. Read more >

Check out our map + guide to the show and our Sculpture Scavenger Hunt: you can print them out at home, or grab a printed copy in our outdoor information station by the entrance to the Allen Education Center.


Each year, we give out two categories of awards: juried awards, selected by an experienced artist unaffiliated with the Garden or the Sculpture in the Garden show, and People’s Choice Awards, selected by you! Read the statement by this year’s jurist, Jerstin Crosby, on this year’s awards here: 2020 Jurist Statement [PDF].

Juried Awards

Best in Show
#31, Remember, Theresa Arico

Honorable Mentions
#7, El Jardín, Nico Amortegui
#9, SEE, Brick Bordon
#11, Heavy Like 2020, Layne Sizemore


People’s Choice Awards

#3, The Big Bumble, David Hinkle

First Runner-Up
#16, Agüeybaná, Nana Abreu

Second Runner-Up
#25, Luna Moth Bench, Theresa Arico



Can't make it in person?

Virtual Tour

See all the sculptures up close in this 10-minute video tour of the show.


This year’s show features work by:

Nana Abreu
Nico Amortegui
Theresa Arico
Greg Bender
Colleen Black-Semelka
Brick Bordon
Patrick Bowman
Joe Coates
Debbie Cohen
Joan Cohen
Nileena Dash
Jonathan Michael Davis
Pat Day
Robert Dobmeier
Jim Gallucci
Forrest Greenslade
Scott Harris
David Hinkle
Frank Holder
Marion Holmes
Tinka Jordy

Beau Lyday
Mac McCusker
Susan Moffatt
William Moore
Elizabeth Paley
Kay Parks
Nicole Schoepflin
Anna Schroeder
Helen Seebold
Judith M. Simpson
Hamidou Sissoko
Layne Sizemore
Janna Starr
Gary Taber
Luther “The Bird Man”
Douglas Tilden
Wayne Vaughn
Joann Galarza Vega
Roberta Wood
Stacey Wright

Exhibit Map + Guide
Plan your visit in advance, or review what you saw. Printed versions of this map and guide are available in our outdoor information station near the entrance to the Allen Education Center.
Scavenger Hunt
Print it out at home, or grab a printed copy at our outdoor information station. Bring a pen or pencil so you can fill it out and decipher the secret message!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Sculpture in the Garden is made possible by support from:


Vikram Rao and Susan Henning

Becky and Munroe Cobey

Lex and Ann Alexander


Natural Areas Steward
Leaf & Limb

Habitat Sustainers
Bartlett Tree Experts
Curtis Media Group

Garden Supporters
The Cedars of Chapel Hill
Hamilton Point Investment Advisors