Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Maryhill Museum of Art began an Outdoor Sculpture Invitational in 1996 to complement its extensive collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures and to give Northwest artists an opportunity to exhibit large-scale works. The success and popularity of the Invitational inspired the museum to permanently collect outdoor sculpture for its gardens and grounds.

In 1997 the museum began a permanent collection of outdoor sculpture with the commission of a site-specific sculpture for the eastern edge of the grounds by noted architect Brad Cloepfil. The work, Maryhill Overlook (below), is the first in a series that was conceived as the Sitings Project. It is the focal point of the museum’s Lewis and Clark Overlook and Native Plant Garden.

The majority of the museum’s outdoor sculpture collection is in the William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park, but there are works placed throughout the museum grounds, including on the Cannon Power Plaza, south of the main entrance to the museum.

Access to the outdoor sculpture collection is free.

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