An exhibition in celebration and commemoration of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s 40th Anniversary year will open April 1 in the Whitaker Foundation Gallery at the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.
Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier will continue through July 16.
A free opening reception will be held Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Two free Coffee with the Curator events are planned for Fridays, April 21 and May 19, at 11 a.m. Laumeier’s Curator of Exhibitions Dana Turkovic will lead a casual tour of the current exhibition.
The multimedia exhibition features a selection of works from the institution’s extensive collection of preparatory drawings, prints, works on paper, collages and photographs. It features works by internationally renowned artists including Vito Acconci, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Andy Goldsworthy, Donald Judd, Cildo Miereles, David Nash, Valeska Soares, Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Meg Webster, among many others.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is free and open daily from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes past sunset. Beginning Saturday, April 1, the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is located at 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis.
More information about Laumeier’s history and anniversary activities, including a running list of 40 Ways to Celebrate Laumeier’s 40th Anniversary, is available on Laumeier’s website.
Founded in 1976, Laumeier is one of the first and largest sculpture parks in the country. In 1968, Mrs. Matilda Laumeier bequeathed the first 72 acres of the future Laumeier Sculpture Park to St. Louis County in memory of her husband, Henry Laumeier. In 1976, local artist Ernest Trova gifted 40 artworks, with an estimated market value of approximately $1 million, to St. Louis County for the formation of a sculpture park and gallery.
Laumeier Sculpture Park opened as part of the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation system on July 7, 1976. One year later, Laumeier Sculpture Park was officially incorporated.
Today, Laumeier is an internationally recognized, nonprofit arts organization that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and operates in partnership with St. Louis County Parks.
Projects and programs are supported by the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund, the Regional Arts Commission, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Laumeier presents 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre park located in the heart of St. Louis County. Free and open daily, Laumeier serves 300,000 visitors of all ages each year through sculpture conservation, education programs, temporary exhibitions and public events.
In 2015, Laumeier closed its first major capital campaign, Sculpting the Future, culminating in the renovation of the Laumeier’s 1917 Estate House into the Kranzberg Education Lab and the construction of the new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center for exhibitions, programs and events.