MMFA Sculpture Garden opening celebration

The much anticipated John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden will open Sunday, September 30, from noon to 3 pm. The public is invited to help celebrate this special day at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Take a stroll through the Garden, tour the works of sculpture, and enjoy a host of activities designed for the entire family.

The free family-friendly event sponsored by Alabama Power Company will feature food vendors such as That’s My Dog and Smooth-N-Groove. The young and young at heart can enjoy making garden lanterns and floating flowers in the Museum’s outdoor studio, face painting, yard games, bubbles and much more! E.A.T. South will join Museum educators to teach visitors about sustainability all while jamming to the local jazz ensemble the Lo-Fi Loungers.

“We are excited about the beauty of the Garden. We feel those who see and experience it will be drawn back again and again by this unique combination of art and nature,” said Ed Bridges, Interim Director of the MMFA.

Designed with the flexibility to accommodate changing displays, the inaugural installation features the temporary siting of sculpture by a number of contemporary artists: including two of international distinction: Deborah Butterfield and Jun Kaneko.

In addition, to celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial and demonstrate the depth of creativity found in the state, the new installation highlights work by seven innovative Alabama sculptors: Adam Bodine, Casey Downing, Jr., Christopher Fennell, Randy Gachet, Joe Minter, Chris Boyd Taylor, and Craig Wedderspoon.

Adding to the day’s excitement, the public can meet the Museum’s incoming Director Angie Dodson, who began her museum career in the capital city. From 1991 to 1994, Dodson served as the Assistant Curator of Education for Adult Programs here at the MMFA. For the last 24 years, she worked at art museums in Washington, D.C. before deciding to return to Montgomery. Her official start date is October 1, 2018.

The Museum, located at One Museum Drive, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM; Thursday from 10 AM to 9 PM; and Sunday Noon to 5 PM. The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM; and Sunday, Noon to 4 PM. Admission is free and donations are welcome. For more information, call 334-625-4333.