Sculpture Park Sponsors Annual Winter Walk at GSU

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park 2012

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Explore great art and the beauty of a natural prairie landscape at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park’s annual winter walk on Saturday, January 28, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Park Curator and Director Geoffrey Bates will lead this year’s winter tour of the nationally recognized sculpture park, located at Governor’s State University. The winter walk is free, although reservations are required.

“Anyone who has experienced one of our winter walks knows this is a particularly beautiful time to be in the sculpture park,” Bates said. “The stillness and quiet of the park is truly remarkable, and snowy days provide a unique, dramatic background to our sculptures.”

The park’s permanent collection includes 27 pieces by nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Following the winter walk, participants will be treated to a chili dinner in the upstairs lobby of the GSU Center for Performing Arts. Bates said sculpture park board member Leona Calvin and her husband George “make a mean bowl of red,” and last year’s chili dinner was considered a huge success.

Visitors should meet inside GSU’s Hall of Governors. Participants should dress for winter weather and be prepared to walk at least 90 minutes. The tour will be held, snow or shine. If the daytime high temperature is predicted to be below 20 degrees, the walk will be rescheduled for the following day, Sunday, January 29.

This year’s winter walk will be limited to 35 participants. To reserve a spot, contact the sculpture park RSVP line at (708) 534-3084 with your name, contact phone number, and number of guests. Your reservation will be confirmed by a staff member within two days.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is located at Governors State University’s main campus in University Park. The park is free of charge and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. For more information about the sculpture park, visit or call (708) 534-4486.

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