July 27, 2011
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonianâ€™s affiliation with Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center.Â My, what a decade itâ€™s been!
Â Annmarie Garden is currently home to more artwork loans from the Smithsonianâ€™s Hirshhorn Museum than any other Affiliate, with a total of 27 sculptures on long-term loan.Â This impressive record is the result of a true partnership.Â Â Annmarie Garden has consistently been willing and able to helpÂ the Smithsonian conserve, care for and preserve these works.Â Beautifully arranged in a .25 mile meandering path through woods and open space, the first loan dates from 2003.Â With the opening of a beautiful new art building in 2008, Annmarie Garden has also featured indoor sculptureÂ from the Smithsonianâ€™s collections.
Our collaboration extends beyond art works.Â Annmarie Garden was one of only 5 Affiliates chosen to participate in a pilot project of the Smithsonianâ€™s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.Â The Centerâ€™s popular â€œSpark!Labâ€ activities were transformed into traveling kits, and adapted by participating Affiliates to complement and highlight their own collections and programming.
The Smithsonian and Annmarie share expertise as well.Â A Smithsonian expert is a regular feature on juries for the Gardenâ€™s highly creative invitational exhibitions.Â Past participants have included an associate director from the National Zoo judging works for the Wild Things exhibition;Â the Smithsonianâ€™s director of mobile strategy choosing works for a teen exhibition called text/message, and a Postal Museum curator judging portraits for the About Face exhibition.Â
Happy anniversary to Annmarie Garden, and may our creative collaboration continue to flourish in the next decade!