Exhibition

Return Visit is Restored for Gettysburg, PA

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Abraham Lincoln and the modern man, a Seward Johnson sculpture commissioned for Gettysburg, PA, received a complete restoration this week. Titled “Return Visit,” the sculpture features the former President exploring The Gettysburg Address with a contemporary man. Enjoy pictures of the process here!

It shows President Lincoln pointing to the bedroom in the Wills House where he put the finishing touches on the Gettysburg Address before delivering the short speech at the dedication of The Soldiers National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863.

Annual Mayors Conference hosted in Carmel, IN

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Revelers enjoy the bronze sculpture “Beautiful Riff” by Seward Johnson which portrays three jazz greats at the events of the Annual Mayors Conference in Carmel, Indiana. The background shows Carmel’s Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. The sculpture features depictions of Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and Sidney Bechet and will ultimately include a drum set, standing bass and a piano with the incomparable Hoagy Carmichael.

Rolls-Royce Gathering – Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC

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Johnson sculptures were invited to join the gathering of all Rolls Royce owners of North America at the lush and gracious Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  A sea of VIPs and guests enjoyed the astounding collection of cars and the hospitality of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, hosted by St. James’s House, London.

The Seine, Paris

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If you are traveling to France: “A Thought to Consider” and “Family Secret” (shown here) have been installed as part of an exhibition in Paris at The Musée Fournaise, in the Hameau Fournaise on the island Ile des Impressionnistes in the Seine.  Sculptures will be on view at the Ville de Chatou through November 2016.

Lifescale Embracing Peace in NJ for the Summer

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The Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ exhibits Johnson’s lifescale Embracing Peace sculpture for the summer months.

In the artist’s words:

“With this work, I wanted to evoke a time of unity. The moment captured in the embrace of these two strangers encapsulates the spirit of having fought a successful campaign defending our values, and celebrates the expression of sheer joy at the homecoming.” Seward Johnson

Memorial Day, Battery Park in NYC

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The Embracing Peace sculpture arrived in Battery Park for a ceremony before it went south to be in Washington DC’s Memorial Day parade.  A shout out to the Spirit of 45 group and all that they do to honor troops past and present.

Exhibit on the Riverfront in Saginaw, MI

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If you’re down at the Riverfront this spring/summer, you may find yourself experiencing a double-take as a window-washer seemingly frozen in time, catches your eye. You’d be waiting for him to pull his squeegee down the glass pane, but since he is bronze you have to have a lot of patience.  Or you might marvel at the graceful, suspended stride of a runner, or read a picture book over a little girl’s shoulder.  You may have the sense that you have slipped back in time if you pass a classic couple from the 1800’s in front of the Castle Museum; he in a top hat and she wearing a demure veil.

Over twenty pieces make up this exhibition of lifelike bronze sculptures that will be installed in mid-May, and will remain in Saginaw through September.  The “Art and About” display, sponsored by many local businesses and organizations, is coordinated by the Saginaw Riverfront Development Commission.

Exhibition Opens in Crown Point, IN

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In April, the people of Crown Point, Indiana welcomed twelve life-size bronze sculptures with great excitement.  These works are from artist Seward Johnson’s series, “Celebrating the Familiar”, which draws attention to every day activities, and “Icons Revisited”, which highlights famous images from popular culture. Included in the exhibition are the delightful Forever Marilyn, and figures reading poetry books, sharing newspapers, and having conversations.  There is even someone helping keep the streets pristine by tossing out litter.  A favorite Johnson piece titled God Bless America, an homage to painter Grant Wood’s farmer couple (American Gothic) with their notably serious expressions and a pitchfork, can also be seen. The bronze sculptures have been installed throughout downtown Crown Point, between Court and Main, for the “Art In Point” public art project.

This exhibit also includes the 36 foot tall Abraham Lincoln sculpture Return Visit, which you can’t miss as you drive past the CP Sportsplex.  After visiting with Marilyn Monroe, look over the shoulder of the woman in Captured, or stroll with the “Ambassador of the Streets” and her dog on the southeast corner of the Historic Crown Point Courthouse. The exhibit will be in beautiful downtown through November 1, 2016.  Don’t miss it!

Monmouth University hosts sculptures in Long Branch, NJ

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Bronze sculptures by artist Seward Johnson were installed on the Monmouth University campus in Long Branch, New Jersey, to greet attendees to the TEDxNavesink talks, which brought world-class speakers to the region.  The event focused on technology and innovation and a team from The Seward Johnson Atelier developed a display that brought to life the casting process, and artist Seward Johnson’s creative oeuvre.

Until the end of August 2016, you may view God Bless America (ode to Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting), The Strolling Professor and Between Classes on display near the Pollak Theatre and Pozycki Hall.

Sculptures at the Key West Custom House and Museum – Key West, FL

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Nearly a dozen life size bronze sculptures from Seward Johnson’s series, “Celebrating the Familiar” and “Beyond the Frame” are on exhibition at the Custom House Museum, located within Key West’s Old Town precinct.  Several pieces can be found at the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum.

Make a day of it, and have lunch with the carpenter in Lunchbreak, or relax with the newest installation Pondering the Benefits of Exercise.  You can’t miss the 20 foot tall sculpture of Renoir’s dancers, Johnson’s Time for Fun, twirling at the museum’s entrance.

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