Visit Seward Johnson’s 20 to 30 foot tall sculptures this winter:

  • Vero Beach, Florida: “Embracing Peace” is on public view amid lush foliage at McKee Botanical Garden.
  • Anamosa, Iowa:  “God Bless America” Johnson’s 25 foot tall homage to the iconic painting “American Gothic” will be in “Grant Wood Country” only through April!
  • Viterbo, Italy: “The Awakening” is enjoying a mild Italian winter in this central park.
  • Peoria, Illinois: “Return Visit” continues to drawi crowds at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
  • Bastogne, Belgium: visit “Embracing Peace” at the Bastogne Museum before its move to the UK later this spring!

Seward Johnson Monumental Exhibitions, Summer of 2018

Come visit Seward Johnson’s most spectacular sculpture installations this summer:

  • Forever Marilyn on view in Latham Park in Stamford, Connecticut.  This exhibition was listed by The Guardian as one of the top 9 “must see public art installations in the USA in 2018”
  • God Bless America on exhibit in downtown Anamosa, Iowa.  This 25 foot tall homage to Grant Wood’s iconic painting, “American Gothic” has come home to “Grant Wood Country.”
  • Embracing Peace on public view in Crown Point, Indiana
  • Return Visit drawing crowds at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria, Illinois
  • Embracing Peace sited at the Museum in Bastogne, Belgium

Forever Marilyn in Stamford, Connectictut

“Forever Marilyn” by Seward Johnson was installed in Stamford, CT on June 4th and will be on exhibit through Septembers 1st. This monumental exhibition was featured among the Guardian’s top 9 “must see” public art installations in the USA this summer.  Come visit her and join the conversation.


God Bless America in Anamosa, Iowa

“God Bless America,” the sculpture by Seward Johnson, is on exhibition in Anamosa, Iowa. Inspired by Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic,” these 25 foot tall farmers returned to their roots yesterday in Grant Wood Country.  Come visit this towering 32,000 lb. sculpture this summer!

King Lear takes a bow at the University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

A dramatic deinstallation at the University of New Orleans. King Lear by Seward Johnson takes a bow at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Students said farewell with a candlelight ceremony the night before his departure.

Couples Pucker Up on Valentine’s Day

Key West, Florida

Hundreds of couples in Key West join Embracing Peace to take part in a “kiss in” on Valentine’s Day at The Custom House Art Museum.



The Awakening by Seward Johnson (photo by Violetta Hargitay).

Monumental Shows

Monumental shows to visit this winter.


Elkhart County, Indiana
Northern Indiana Heritage Trail
“God Bless America”
Extended through February 2018

Crown Point, Indiana
“The Tooth”
Extended through February 2018

Peoria, IL
30’ “Return Visit”

Johnson’s Monumental “Return Visit” visits Peoria, Illinois


Johnson’s 30′ tall monumental “Return Visit,” of Abraham Lincoln talking with the modern-day man about the Gettysburg Address, has been installed at the Riverfront Museum in Peoria.

The sculpture’s presence will help anchor an exhibit at the museum launching in February 2018 on the state’s 200th birthday, with exhibits on and words from 200 Illinois citizens.

“Given that Lincoln gave one his most important speeches here in Peoria, it’s a good thing to celebrate him,” PRM President and CEO John Morris says.  “There are a lot of lessons about Lincoln the are still fresh and relevant today.”

The sculpture’s display is also intended as a salute to Peoria public art advocates Harriet Swager and her late husband, architect Gene Swager.

God Bless America and 60 Life-Scale Sculptures along the Heritage Trail


Elkhart County

Northern Indiana Heritage Trail

“God Bless America”
May 2017 – February 2018



Thank you for a great summer!

Quilt Gardens and The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition, spread beauty through Elkhart County this summer.  Elkhart County will be bidding farewell to most of the sculptures as Quilt Gardens closes down for the year in late October.  They are already in preparations for another colorful summer starting May 30, 2018.

There is a piece of good news:  The God Bless America monumental-scale sculpture will be staying in Central Park in downtown Elkhart until February 2018.  The extended exhibit of this artwork was the result of the overwhelming positive reception to the sculpture by the city and surrounding area.

“We have so enjoyed the many comments and emails that we’ve received from Elkhart County and from visitors to the Quilt Gardens this summer.  Our thanks go out to everyone on the vast team from each town who helped to make this spectacular exhibit a reality,” notes Paula Stoeke, Curator for the Seward Johnson Atelier in Elkhart’s recent press release.

If you missed this exhibit of 56 sculptures, here are some of our favorite pictures.



(Closed October 1, 2017)

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There are two very large and spectacular exhibitions taking shape for this summer.  The first to open is in Elkhart County, Indiana.  Nearly 60 life-scale sculptures by Seward Johnson will nestle into the beautiful Amish Country landscape.

The Heritage Trail Driving Tour takes you along 90 miles, through 6 cities and towns, past the glorious Quilt Gardens, made in traditional quilt patterns – all with flowers.  During this 10th anniversary year, these Quilt Gardens will also have Johnson bronzes sited along the route.

The monumental chosen by the hosts is “God Bless America” – Seward Johnson’s homage to painter Grant Wood. The 25-foot tall farmers and pitchfork will tower over the pastoral landscape, greeting all who take this special driving tour.

The sculptures arrived May 30th and stay through September 2017.

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