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The Loveland High Plains Arts Council is proud to present the 32nd Annual Sculpture in the Park Show and Sale
In the Summer of 1984, 50 artists arrived at Benson Park with the high hopes of selling their sculpture at the inaugural Sculpture in the Park show. Two thousand visitors came to view their work and purchased over $50,000 worth of sculpture. With the proceeds from that first show, the Loveland High Plains Arts Council purchased two sculptures, one by George Walbye and another by Dan Ostermiller, for permanent placement in Benson Park. And, with that, the sculpture garden became a reality.
Over the past 32 years, 1238 different artists have come to Loveland to display their work at the Sculpture in the Park show. With the addition of new participating artists each year, the show has grown from a primarily representational western bronze exhibit into a more diversified display of sculpture created in a variety of styles and mediums. This August 160 international juried artists will offer over 2000 pieces of sculpture for visitors to the show to view and purchase.
As the Sculpture in the Park show has continued to grow and flourish, so has Benson Sculpture Garden. With the proceeds generated from each annual show, over the past 32 years, the Loveland High Plains Arts Council has purchased 144 extraordinary pieces of sculpture valued at over $4 million. In June, 4 new pieces will be installed in the park. This “public treasure” annually draws tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe. It has been recognized as “one of the 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites around the world” and as “one of the 20 must-see contemporary art sites across the USA”. We could not be more proud!
Sculpture in the Park 2015 is open to the public on Saturday, August 8th, from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm and on Sunday, August 9th from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $7 per person with children under 14 years of age admitted for free. Show catalogues featuring pictures and biographies of the participating artists as well as pictures of their work will be available for sale in June. Benson Park guides featuring all of the pieces on permanent display in the park will also be available. You may order these by calling the Loveland High Plains Arts Council at 970-663-2940.
Additional show information may be obtained by visiting our Sculpture in the Park show website at www.sculptureinthepark.org or by calling (970) 663-2940.