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Mission Statement

Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists.


SculptureCenter has been an active contributor to New York City's cultural community since 1928. Originally founded as "The Clay Club" by Dorothea Denslow, SculptureCenter renamed itself in 1944 and in 1948 moved to a carriage house on East 69th Street in Manhattan. Here it established a ground floor gallery space dedicated solely to sculpture with workshops and studio space on the upper floors. Over the course of the next half-century, as the field of sculpture expanded and evolved, SculptureCenter's exhibition and education programs have as well. In 2001, after over 70 years in Manhattan, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop with an enclosed outdoor lot in Long Island City, Queens. Built in 1907, the building rests in the heart of a rapidly developing neighborhood minutes from Midtown Manhattan, with excellent transit accessibility and home to many esteemed cultural institutions. The initial renovation was designed by artist/designer Maya Lin with the understanding that an expansion would ultimately be necessary to fully meet SculptureCenter's needs. The second renovation and expansion was designed by Andrew Berman Architect , who has designed award-winning projects for institutions including the Center for Architecture, The New York Public Library, and MoMA PS1. The plan honors the dramatic steel and brick structure of the existing building while creating a stronger street presence through the introduction of a limited vocabulary of new materials including plywood and corten steel. SculptureCenter reopened in October 2014 with expanded facilites and more opportunites for exhibitions.



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