In 2009, the Tucson Jewish Community Center established a Sculpture Garden on its campus with a four-fold purpose in mind: to craft a public space that celebrates the appreciation of sculpture; to create an atmosphere of tranquility; to promote educational opportunities; and to enhance community fellowship. The JCC’s garden currently contains over 40 sculptures by local, national, and international sculptors, ranging from a few feet tall to over 30 feet in height. In addition, an annual juried exhibition is held to bring new sculptures to the garden. The landscaped garden showcases outdoor sculpture, offers views of the surrounding mountain ranges and provides a meditative environment within the city limits.
The Tucson J Sculpture Garden acquires and exhibits permanent sculpture through donations to its collection, purchase and donation of pieces from the annual exhibition, and long-term loans. Annual temporary exhibitions ensure the vitality and relevance of the garden on the local, regional and national art scenes. We feature the work of both established and emerging artists.
In accordance with the mission of The Tucson J, the Sculpture Garden welcomes the entire community. The convergence of art and audience in our Sonoran Desert region encourages visitors to relax, converse, meditate and contemplate.
2018 Sculpture Garden Exhibition & Brunch: Sunday, April 8, 2018 @ 10am
The annual Sculpture Garden Exhibition returns on Sunday, April 8 with dynamic work showcasing abstract imagery, nature scenes, and portraits. The Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Sculpture Garden is Arizona’s largest public sculpture garden. The exhibit was juried by public artist Barbara Grygutis and displays works by Tucson’s finest sculptors. HawkinsDance will perform an interpretive dance inspired by the 2018 Sculpture Garden selections. A kosher brunch buffet will be served.
View the Sculpture Garden Brochure. Learn about the artwork and discover more about the artists.
The Garden was years in the making and generously brought to life through private donations. What began as a wonderful gift to The J has become a gift to the Tucson community – a place to come, enjoy, and celebrate art.
Thanks to our wonderful Sculpture Garden Task Force, this group of volunteers has worked hard to ensure that the Garden is a premiere arts venue in Tucson.
In addition to The J’s permanent collection, artists from around the world submitted pieces for consideration. The final pieces were selected by a jury and the inaugural temporary exhibition debuted in November 2009. All pieces from the juried exhibition and some of the permanent acquisitions are for sale with a portion of the sales going back to The J. An annual juried exhibition is held each spring, with more than a dozen new pieces being rotated into the garden.
Our collection of sculptures by Norma Lewis was a generous gift from her family. For more information on the artist, please visit LewisSculpture.com.
This beautiful outdoor space is also the perfect setting for cocktails, wedding receptions and offers unlimited seating options.
Sculpture Garden Hours:Sunday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays and holidays
Tours led by a docent are available by reservation. Please call Barbara Fenig, the Director of Arts & Culture, at 520-299-3000 x236 to schedule a tour.
Donations to the Sculpture Garden
Thanks to the generous support of donors to the Sculpture Garden, The J was able to be the home for art from around the world with no effect on our annual operating budget. We feel fortunate to be able to support the arts, especially during this tough economy.
Every dollar makes a difference. From infants to seniors and everyone in between, your gift helps provide an aesthetically gorgeous place for the many faces of The J. There’s no better time than now, and there’s no better reason than the Sculpture Garden!
For prospectus, applicant information or to address any other questions, please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts and Culture, at (520) 299-3000, x236 or email email@example.com.