Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Maryhill Museum of Art began an Outdoor Sculpture Invitational in 1996 to complement its 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 create a permanent collection of outdoor sculpture for display in its gardens and on its grounds.

The permanent collection of outdoor sculpture began in 1997, with the commission of a site-specific sculpture 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 works also appear elsewhere on the museum grounds, including on the Cannon Power Plaza, south of the museum’s main entrance.

Access to the outdoor sculpture collection is free.

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