We are very excited to announce we have impaneled a 4 person jury to evaluate the entries for our 2019-2020 Sculpture Garden Exhibit. The jurors this year are Jeremy Mikolajczak, CEO of the Tucson Museum of Art, Yun Gee Park, owner of Yun Gee Park Gallery & Atelier, Andrew Rush and Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson.
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 J’s garden currently contains over 40 sculptures by local, national, and international sculptors, ranging from a few feet tall to over 40 feet in height. In addition, an annual juried exhibition brings new sculptures to the garden on a temporary basis. The landscaped garden showcases outdoor sculpture, offers views of the surrounding mountain ranges and provides a meditative environment within the city limits.
We have extended the deadline for submissions from Friday, October 26, 2018, to Friday, November 16 for our Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, March 24, 2019 – March 1, 2020. We have recruited a panel of 4 jurors to evaluate the entries and help us to choose the strongest piece for display. Criteria for acceptance will include but are not limited to: artistic excellence and originality of the work; durability of the work in an outdoor, desert environment; and concern for maintenance and safety issues.
MEET OUR CURRENT JURORS:
Jeremy Mikolajczak is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Since joining the museum in March of 2016, Mikolajczak has led transformational change at TMA, including the launch of TMA/100: A vision for the 21st century, a strategic and capital campaign that reflects the vision for TMA to serve as a leading 21st-century regional museum. With Phase I of the campaign complete, Mikolajczak is focusing his attention on building sustainable investment in the museum and increasing access to exhibitions and educational programs that promote the core of the museum’s vision of connecting art to life.
Prior to TMA, Mikolajczak served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Dade College’s Museum and Galleries of Art + Design in Miami, Florida. Mikolajczak oversaw the college’s network of six campus galleries and international sculpture park, and led the transformation of the institution, founding the Museum of Art + Design, and Cuban Exile Experience, located in the Freedom Tower (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) in downtown Miami. He engaged a broad range of audiences, drawing 100,000 visitors annually through exhibitions and programs that included art, design, and local history and culture. During his tenure, he raised the profile of the college’s visual arts programs to local, national, and international exposure.
Mikolajczak’s experience includes working with major private, corporate, and museum art collections, as well as regional, national, and international artists. He has curated and organized multiple solo and group exhibitions, and frequently publishes articles on arts and culture.
In Tucson, Mikolajczak is the Chair of the cultural directors consortium (Nature, Arts, Culture, and Heritage Organization of Southern Arizona) and a member of the Downtown Tucson Partnership Board of Directors.
Yun Gee Park is the owner of Yun Gee Park Gallery & Atelier, a Tucson gallery and gardens complex that exhibits international contemporary fine arts, art jewelry, and high craft.
She was trained primarily as a painter, but is presently most active in exhibition, jewelry, and interior design. She is particularly noted for her skills in curation and exhibit display, creating installations that draw upon elements of Asian and Western aesthetics while considering the artistic visions and philosophies of the gallery’s artists and collection.
Ms. Park has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree from Purdue University, and has studied, exhibited, lived, and traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
Ginger Shulick Porcella is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOCA Tucson, where she relocated after serving as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the San Diego Art Institute, a contemporary art center in Balboa Park. She holds an M.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Art History from DePaul University. As an executive leader in the nonprofit sector, Porcella has developed and produced dozens of art exhibitions, special events, new commissions and public programs, and she frequently lectures on topics related to contemporary curatorial practices, arts administration, and fundraising.
Porcella previously served as the Executive Director of Art Connects New York, the Managing Director of Flux Factory, and the Director of Grants and Community Development at Staten Island Arts. Porcella has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums across the U.S. including: “LUMEN”, an international video and performance art festival (Founder and Head Curator 2010 and 2011); “Ivory Tower”, a video exhibition concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach 2011; “Women’s Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Art” at the San Diego Art Institute; and “Nothing to Declare: Transnational Narratives”and “Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality and the Occult in Contemporary Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson to name just a few. Porcella’s exhibitions have been positively reviewed in The New York Times, USA Today, Juxtapoz, and Artsy.net and her work has been featured in The L.A. Times, Hyperallergic, creem magazine, and Modern Painters.
Andrew Rush has been active as an American artist since 1959. He was educated at the University of Illinois, (BFA 1953), and at the University of Iowa (MFA 1958), and was a Fulbright scholar to Italy. He taught at the University of Arizona (Associate Professor of Art), 1959-1970) and is a resident of the Rancho Linda Vista art community in Oracle Arizona, established in 1968. In 1992 he founded, with a core group of Tucson artists, The Drawing Studio, now in its 27th year. Rush was married to Ann Woodin, writer, who passed away in 2017.
Rush’s work has been included in many national exhibitions, especially of prints and drawings. He has also been active as a book illustrator and public artist. From 1981 on, Rush began to take an interest in tile and relief sculpture, especially in public places, garden settings and other architectural applications.
In 1995 he was a nominee for the Arizona Arts Award by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. In 2003 he was nominated for the Arizona governor’s Arts Award both as an artist and art educator, and was given a retrospective exhibition of his intaglio printmaking at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. In 2006 he received the Tucson Pima Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 the State of Arizona gave its Community Governors Arts Award to The Drawing Studio for its innovative contributions to the community. For more information about Andrew Rush’s history and work, visit <www.andrewrushart.com>.
ABOUT THE GARDEN
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.
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 have 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.
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 Jeremy Thompson, the Manager 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 Jeremy Thompson, Arts and Culture Manager, at (520) 299-3000, x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.