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The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Announces Completion of the Riverside Landscape Project and Community Sculpture Garden

Mon, 08/26/2013
For more information contact:
Amy L. Chamberlin
(904) 899-6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 a.m.  The opening of the Sculpture Garden, located in the front lawn of the Art Connections building, marks the completion of the Landscape Enhancement Project, which launched in September 2012, and includes the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus.

During the final phase of this project that began in May 2013, The Cummer improved the crosswalk and main Museum entrance, widened the existing sidewalk into a 10-ft. wide “promenade,” and expanded the Museum Café with an outdoor seating area. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue façade will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

“By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.

The Sculpture Garden opens with its inaugural exhibition, “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” featuring works on loan by the St. Augustine-based sculptor. Torcoletti will visit The Cummer for the Community Opening on Saturday, September 21 to host a demonstration of his working methods. This free event will feature live music and art-making activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Chef’s Garden, Corner Taco and Le Petit Cheri Cupcakery.

Torcoletti’s main subject matter is the female torso, captured in its most simple form. In addition to this temporary exhibition, the Sculpture Garden also features four permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection – William Zorach’s Spirit of the Dance (1932), Sir Jacob Epstein’s Seventh Portrait of Kathleen (1948), Archie Held’s Lovers (2000) and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings (2008).

“The Cummer is thrilled to announce the completion of this important campus expansion,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “For nearly the last 10 years, the Museum has been dedicated to improving visitor experience across the campus, inside and out, from Riverside Avenue to the river itself. From gallery additions and renovations, to new spaces like Art Connections and the Olmsted Garden, The Cummer has been committed to sharing the beauty of art and the natural world in new ways with the entire community. These initiatives merge beautifully in the final phase of the Landscape Enhancement Project, where beauty, nature, and community come alive on our front lawn.”

In April 2013, The Cummer completed the first two phases of the Landscape Enhancement Project by refurbishing the parking lots using “green designs” to be a careful steward of our natural resources and restoring the historic Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The renovation of this historic garden, which had never been open to the public, nearly doubled The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provided the Museum with yet another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of its landscape. The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

Special thanks to the Olmsted Garden donors and sponsors: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, III; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Barnett; Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III; Mrs. Maria R. Cox; Ms. Cheryl S. Cummer and Mr. Jack Lyle; Ann and David Hicks; Monica and Bob Jacoby; Late Bloomers Garden Circle; Carolyn Marsh Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Morris; Mr. Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Mrs. Joannie Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III; Mrs. James H. Robbins; Ryan A. Schwartz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff; Mrs. Bryan Simpson; Sandra Roe Smith; Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Surface; Joan Van Vleck; Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver; Edna Sproull Williams Foundation; and the State of Florida.  In addition, The Cummer would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who have made this project possible through their support of special initiatives like Garden Month and the Dedicate a Brick Campaign.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors, Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Mon, 08/26/2013
For more information contact:
Amy L. Chamberlin
(904) 899-6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 a.m.  The opening of the Sculpture Garden, located in the front lawn of the Art Connections building, marks the completion of the Landscape Enhancement Project, which launched in September 2012, and includes the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus.

During the final phase of this project that began in May 2013, The Cummer improved the crosswalk and main Museum entrance, widened the existing sidewalk into a 10-ft. wide “promenade,” and expanded the Museum Café with an outdoor seating area. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue façade will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

“By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.

The Sculpture Garden opens with its inaugural exhibition, “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” featuring works on loan by the St. Augustine-based sculptor. Torcoletti will visit The Cummer for the Community Opening on Saturday, September 21 to host a demonstration of his working methods. This free event will feature live music and art-making activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Chef’s Garden, Corner Taco and Le Petit Cheri Cupcakery.

Torcoletti’s main subject matter is the female torso, captured in its most simple form. In addition to this temporary exhibition, the Sculpture Garden also features four permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection – William Zorach’s Spirit of the Dance (1932), Sir Jacob Epstein’s Seventh Portrait of Kathleen (1948), Archie Held’s Lovers (2000) and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings (2008).

“The Cummer is thrilled to announce the completion of this important campus expansion,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “For nearly the last 10 years, the Museum has been dedicated to improving visitor experience across the campus, inside and out, from Riverside Avenue to the river itself. From gallery additions and renovations, to new spaces like Art Connections and the Olmsted Garden, The Cummer has been committed to sharing the beauty of art and the natural world in new ways with the entire community. These initiatives merge beautifully in the final phase of the Landscape Enhancement Project, where beauty, nature, and community come alive on our front lawn.”

In April 2013, The Cummer completed the first two phases of the Landscape Enhancement Project by refurbishing the parking lots using “green designs” to be a careful steward of our natural resources and restoring the historic Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The renovation of this historic garden, which had never been open to the public, nearly doubled The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provided the Museum with yet another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of its landscape. The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

Special thanks to the Olmsted Garden donors and sponsors: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, III; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Barnett; Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III; Mrs. Maria R. Cox; Ms. Cheryl S. Cummer and Mr. Jack Lyle; Ann and David Hicks; Monica and Bob Jacoby; Late Bloomers Garden Circle; Carolyn Marsh Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Morris; Mr. Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Mrs. Joannie Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III; Mrs. James H. Robbins; Ryan A. Schwartz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff; Mrs. Bryan Simpson; Sandra Roe Smith; Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Surface; Joan Van Vleck; Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver; Edna Sproull Williams Foundation; and the State of Florida.  In addition, The Cummer would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who have made this project possible through their support of special initiatives like Garden Month and the Dedicate a Brick Campaign.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors, Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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For more information contact:
Amy L. Chamberlin
(904) 899-6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 a.m.  The opening of the Sculpture Garden, located in the front lawn of the Art Connections building, marks the completion of the Landscape Enhancement Project, which launched in September 2012, and includes the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus.

During the final phase of this project that began in May 2013, The Cummer improved the crosswalk and main Museum entrance, widened the existing sidewalk into a 10-ft. wide “promenade,” and expanded the Museum Café with an outdoor seating area. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue façade will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

“By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.

The Sculpture Garden opens with its inaugural exhibition, “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” featuring works on loan by the St. Augustine-based sculptor. Torcoletti will visit The Cummer for the Community Opening on Saturday, September 21 to host a demonstration of his working methods. This free event will feature live music and art-making activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Chef’s Garden, Corner Taco and Le Petit Cheri Cupcakery.

Torcoletti’s main subject matter is the female torso, captured in its most simple form. In addition to this temporary exhibition, the Sculpture Garden also features four permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection – William Zorach’s Spirit of the Dance (1932), Sir Jacob Epstein’s Seventh Portrait of Kathleen (1948), Archie Held’s Lovers (2000) and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings (2008).

“The Cummer is thrilled to announce the completion of this important campus expansion,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “For nearly the last 10 years, the Museum has been dedicated to improving visitor experience across the campus, inside and out, from Riverside Avenue to the river itself. From gallery additions and renovations, to new spaces like Art Connections and the Olmsted Garden, The Cummer has been committed to sharing the beauty of art and the natural world in new ways with the entire community. These initiatives merge beautifully in the final phase of the Landscape Enhancement Project, where beauty, nature, and community come alive on our front lawn.”

In April 2013, The Cummer completed the first two phases of the Landscape Enhancement Project by refurbishing the parking lots using “green designs” to be a careful steward of our natural resources and restoring the historic Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The renovation of this historic garden, which had never been open to the public, nearly doubled The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provided the Museum with yet another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of its landscape. The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

Special thanks to the Olmsted Garden donors and sponsors: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, III; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Barnett; Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III; Mrs. Maria R. Cox; Ms. Cheryl S. Cummer and Mr. Jack Lyle; Ann and David Hicks; Monica and Bob Jacoby; Late Bloomers Garden Circle; Carolyn Marsh Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Morris; Mr. Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Mrs. Joannie Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III; Mrs. James H. Robbins; Ryan A. Schwartz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff; Mrs. Bryan Simpson; Sandra Roe Smith; Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Surface; Joan Van Vleck; Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver; Edna Sproull Williams Foundation; and the State of Florida.  In addition, The Cummer would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who have made this project possible through their support of special initiatives like Garden Month and the Dedicate a Brick Campaign.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors, Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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Mon, 08/26/2013
For more information contact:
Amy L. Chamberlin
(904) 899-6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

Jacksonville, Fla. - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces the opening of the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Community Sculpture Garden & Plaza on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 10 a.m.  The opening of the Sculpture Garden, located in the front lawn of the Art Connections building, marks the completion of the Landscape Enhancement Project, which launched in September 2012, and includes the renovation of the entire Riverside Avenue portion of The Cummer campus.

During the final phase of this project that began in May 2013, The Cummer improved the crosswalk and main Museum entrance, widened the existing sidewalk into a 10-ft. wide “promenade,” and expanded the Museum Café with an outdoor seating area. By unifying the entire campus through landscape, the eye-catching Riverside Avenue façade will serve as a beacon for the mission of The Cummer.

“By providing a unique landscape that integrates gardens, art objects and the energy of people, The Cummer campus will become an important bridge between Riverside and Downtown and more relevant for the entire community,” said Museum Director Hope McMath.

The Sculpture Garden opens with its inaugural exhibition, “The Human Figure: Sculptures by Enzo Torcoletti” featuring works on loan by the St. Augustine-based sculptor. Torcoletti will visit The Cummer for the Community Opening on Saturday, September 21 to host a demonstration of his working methods. This free event will feature live music and art-making activities. Food and drink will be available for purchase from Chef’s Garden, Corner Taco and Le Petit Cheri Cupcakery.

Torcoletti’s main subject matter is the female torso, captured in its most simple form. In addition to this temporary exhibition, the Sculpture Garden also features four permanent installations from The Cummer’s collection – William Zorach’s Spirit of the Dance (1932), Sir Jacob Epstein’s Seventh Portrait of Kathleen (1948), Archie Held’s Lovers (2000) and Takashi Soga’s Sea of the Ear Rings (2008).

“The Cummer is thrilled to announce the completion of this important campus expansion,” said Chief Curator Holly Keris. “For nearly the last 10 years, the Museum has been dedicated to improving visitor experience across the campus, inside and out, from Riverside Avenue to the river itself. From gallery additions and renovations, to new spaces like Art Connections and the Olmsted Garden, The Cummer has been committed to sharing the beauty of art and the natural world in new ways with the entire community. These initiatives merge beautifully in the final phase of the Landscape Enhancement Project, where beauty, nature, and community come alive on our front lawn.”

In April 2013, The Cummer completed the first two phases of the Landscape Enhancement Project by refurbishing the parking lots using “green designs” to be a careful steward of our natural resources and restoring the historic Olmsted Garden to the designs provided by the Olmsted Brothers firm for the Cummer family in 1930. The renovation of this historic garden, which had never been open to the public, nearly doubled The Cummer’s current Riverfront footage, and provided the Museum with yet another platform to discuss art, design, history, and environmental conservation, all through the use of its landscape. The Cummer Gardens, including the Olmsted Garden, were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Community Involvement: Dedicate a Brick Campaign

The Cummer is providing an opportunity for the community to support the restoration and renovation project. The Dedicate a Brick Campaign offers hundreds of individuals a chance to have an engraved brick in the gathering plaza of the green lot across from the Museum’s entrance. Behind each name is a story of a milestone, a personal relationship, or the celebration of life. Cost for one brick is $500 and individuals are able to purchase an unlimited number of bricks. Proceeds from brick purchases will help fund the restoration and renovation project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Kenyon Merritt at (904) 899-6025, or visit www.cummer.org.

Special thanks to the Olmsted Garden donors and sponsors: Mrs. C. Kirby Alexander; Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Ball, III; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Barnett; Mr. and Mrs. James V.E. Bent; Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Commander, III; Mrs. Maria R. Cox; Ms. Cheryl S. Cummer and Mr. Jack Lyle; Ann and David Hicks; Monica and Bob Jacoby; Late Bloomers Garden Circle; Carolyn Marsh Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Morris; Mr. Russell B. Newton, Jr. and Mrs. Joannie Newton; Mr. and Mrs. Russell B. Newton, III; Mrs. James H. Robbins; Ryan A. Schwartz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Shircliff; Mrs. Bryan Simpson; Sandra Roe Smith; Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Surface; Joan Van Vleck; Delores Barr Weaver and J. Wayne Weaver; Edna Sproull Williams Foundation; and the State of Florida.  In addition, The Cummer would like to thank the hundreds of individuals who have made this project possible through their support of special initiatives like Garden Month and the Dedicate a Brick Campaign.

Project Team: Elkins Constructors, Inc.; CMS Group LLC; Connelly & Wicker, Inc.; Atlantic Engineering Services; Sunscapes Landscape Design, Inc.; Francois Goffinet Limited; and Richard Skinner & Associates, Architects.

**This project has been financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

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