An annual exhibit

Since 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!

2021 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

  • Free; donations welcome
  • Take a self-guided tour with the show map and interpretive signs
  • Fully outdoors and distanced, but please bring a mask: you won’t need to wear it outdoors, but they’re required inside our buildings, including our restrooms.
  • Sculptures are for sale in our Garden Shop unless marked otherwise, but all remain on site until the end of the show.
  • Stop by the breezeway through November 12 to vote for your favorite sculpture to win a People’s Choice Award!

Participating Artists

Nana Abreu Tinka Jordy
Nico Amortegui Beau Lyday
Theresa Arico Mac McCusker
Julie Berkowitz William Moore
Colleen Black Semelka Elizabeth Paley
Brick Bordon Kay Parks
Mark Brown Anna Schroeder
Joe Coates Helen Seebold
Debbie Cohen Judith M. Simpson
Joan Cohen Hamidou Sissoko
Nileena Dash Madelyn Smoak
Pat Ray Day Janna Starr
RJ Dobs Gary Taber
Holly Felice Douglas Tilden
Ben Galata Wayne Vaughn
Jim Gallucci Michael Waller
Forrest Greenslade Bronwyn Watson
Frank Holder Timothy Werrell
Marion Holmes Roberta Wood

Award Winners

Juried Awards

Best in Show
(4) Traveler, Michael Waller

Honorable Mentions
(5) Ancient Growth, Frank Holder
(37) Venus Fly Trap, Hamidou Sissoko
(59) Galapagos Turtle, Mac McCusker

People’s Choice Awards

Announced in November: stop by the breezeway outside our exhibit hall to vote for your favorite through November 12!

Virtual Tour

See the show in pictures!

Sculpture in the Garden is made possible by support from:

Event Hosts

Vikram Rao & Susan Henning

Ann & Lex Alexander
Kim & Peter Fox
Paula Noell & Palmer Page
Stewart Parker

Corporate Partners

Natural Areas Steward
Leaf & Limb

Habitat Sustainers
Bartlett Tree Experts
Curtis Media Group

Garden Supporters
The Cedars of Chapel Hill
Soil3 Humus Compost
Hamilton Point Investment Advisors

View Past Exhibits
Take a stroll through memory lane with these photo albums of past Sculpture in the Garden exhibits.
Missed the 2020 exhibit?

Virtual Tour

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