An annual exhibit

This autumn marks the 33rd annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit. Since its inception in 1988, Sculpture in the Garden has united the work of local artists with the curated 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. 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!

View photos of past Sculpture in the Garden exhibits

Information for Prospective Artists

Entries are now open for the 2021 exhibit! Learn more about eligibility and how to enter on our Artist Information page.

2021 Show Dates

33rd Annual Sculpture in the Garden
Sunday, September 12 – Sunday, December 5
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays (normal Garden hours)
Closed Mondays and University holidays

Preview Party
Saturday, September 11; 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Missed the 2020 exhibit?

Virtual Tour

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

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