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Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park to Host Annual Benefit Dinner

Yes! for Lady Day, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Dine among the giant sculptures at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in September. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Governors State University reports that the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University is preparing to host its annual benefit dinner al fresco “amidst the park’s unparalleled collection.” On September 15th, “Sculpture, Wine, and Dine…where the city meets the prairie,” kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with elegant appetizers and welcome remarks from The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park board.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, lauded as one of the top ten outdoor sculpture parks in the world, presents significant large-scale public art, inspiring visitors to experience art and nature in new and unexpected ways. Director and Curator Jeff Stevenson says, “I look forward to this event each year as the perfect opportunity to showcase our distinguished collection and to highlight our core values of art, conservation, and education.”

The Sculpture Park is a must-see, ENEWSPF adds.

Featuring a locally-sourced menu from Limelight Catering, guests will experience the finest in the culinary arts, while surrounded by large-scale art in an outdoor museum setting. Tickets are $150 per person. Guests are invited to stay for an Afterglow Party, including drinks by the fire, live music, and mingling on the Patio near E-Lounge and the Visual Arts Gallery, which will be featuring the recent work of Terrence Karpowicz and Christine Tarkowski, two of the Park’s artists.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is a free public resource for the community. Here, visitors are invited to explore the connection between art and nature, where wonder emerges around every corner. Sculpture, Wine, and Dine guests and the events’ generous sponsors are investing in the future growth of the Park and its community programs. Event sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Bimba Manufacturing, SUSANIN’s Art Auctioneers, Mesirow Financial, AT&T, Bruna’s Ristorante, High West Distillery and Shall We Wine.

To RSVP call Gina Ragland at 708.235.7559 or [email protected]. To purchase tickets online, visit

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park offers twenty-nine masterworks of contemporary sculpture, juxtaposed against the natural Illinois prairie on the campus of Governors State University. The park is open year-round to visitors, dawn until dusk, free of charge. Visitors may augment their park experience with an audio tour by downloading the Otocast app at Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Il 60484. For Best GPS directions, please use Governors State University only. Parking is free.

The majority of this piece is a press release from Governors State University.