ABOUT THE BLOG:
Views on Art provides a forum for vibrant voices within the arts community at Grounds For Sculpture and beyond. The blog, explores the national and international arts scene, and is coordinated by Christina Ely, former Curator of Education at Grounds For Sculpture. It includes contributions from the Grounds For Sculpture staff and volunteers, as well as from the arts community at large.
ABOUT THE BLOGGING TEAM:
I am Christina Ely, former Curator of Education at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS). I have been making art since 1994, and have worked as a Museum professional in different kinds of museums ranging from maritime to art to living history. My interests include many areas of the visual and performing arts; for example, music, fiber arts, ceramics, sculpture and photography.
I left Grounds For Sculpture in the spring of 2010 to move “back home” to New York State, and I accepted a position overseeing the photography collection of The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York. I also work closely with its sister institution, the Fenimore Art Museum. But I have stayed on with GFS as a volunteer on blog-related projects.
Arianne Kassof discovered Grounds For Sculpture in the 1990s and became a docent in 2000. Since she lives in nearby Princeton, she’s been able to visit frequently and participate in a variety of activities over the years. She was one of the editors of NewsCasting, the GFS newsletter, and of Expressions, which replaced NewsCasting in 2007. Now she’s looking forward to working with Christina Ely on developing the new GFS blog, Views on Art.
From her first visit, Andrea Pitluk enjoyed the enrichment, the landscape, the tranquility of Grounds For Sculpture. She finds volunteering at GFS both fun and rewarding. Andrea has worked on computer-related projects, such as the layout of the GFS volunteer newsletter, Expressions, and updating the blog. She also offers a helping hand at many exciting events that the Grounds offers and assists at various workshops, both for adults and children.
ABOUT GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE:
Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ. It was founded in 1992 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind. In addition, the park also offers various events, a 42-acre arboretum, shopping and dining, including the high-rated fine dining destination known as Rat’s Restaurant. In 2007, over 100,000 people visited Grounds For Sculpture.