Sculpture Park Trip to Michigan


In the forefront, “Light of the Moon,” 1991, by Igor Mitoraj, in bronze.In the background, Jonathan Borofsky’s “Male/Female,” from 2001. From the collection of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL–(ENEWSPF)– While the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP) at Governors State University boasts of one of the most remarkable groups of artwork in our region, other sites in the Midwest also offer significant displays of contemporary sculpture. The NMSP invites you to explore these showcases of artwork during a weekend sculpture tour to Michigan on September 12 and 13.

The trip includes a study guide of the sites to be visited prepared by Dr. Nina Corazzo, holder of the Walter E. Bauer Chair of History at Valparaiso University. She will lead a tour of the collection in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Participants will also see a bronze pour demonstration at FireArts, the sculpture workshop established in South Bend, Indiana, by artist Tuck Langland.

Through special arrangement, a special pre-opening tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, in Grand Rapids, will be lead by Joseph Becherer, Director of Sculpture and the Lena Meijer Professor of History at Aquinas College. The weekend trip concludes with a docent lead tour of the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Overnight accommodations at the Grand Amway Hotel in Grand Rapids include a cocktail reception and a presentation by Geoffrey Bates, Director and Curator of the NNMSP.

The cost of the trip is only $279. This fee covers bus transportation, breakfast and box lunch on Saturday, complimentary hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception, and all entry fees. A $100 deposit is required, which is refundable through August 1.

For more information or to register, visit www.govst.edu/sculpture, call (708) 534-4486, or email [email protected].