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Information on the 20th Sculpture at Maudslay show for Journalists & PR

Thanks for helping spread the word about the 2019 Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay show - our 20th!

Here is information on the show.  At the bottom of the post are images that you can download and use, along with attributions for those images.

This year's show is our twentieth show at Maudslay: the first was 1998, and we have taken two sabbatical years since, so this is our twentieth.  The show has always been organized and run by the artists ourselves, on a volunteer basis. 

The show has never been juried - it's open to artists young and old from the Merrimack River area who are interested in creating site-specific sculpture outdoors. Our artists range from experienced well-known sculptors, to children, to anyone inspired with an idea to build something. Many wonderful, beautiful, challenging sculptures have been created for the show, and we believe that the high quality of the work comes partly from the exploratory freedom the show offers. 

Over the years, over 600 sculptures have been created and shown here!  We like to imagine being able to see them all there together!   

The genesis for the show was a sculpture-trail show created at Old Town Hill in Newbury by Caroline Bagenal and Nina Tanis.  After two years there, Maudslay State Park agreed to let us try doing the show in the park, and has been very supportive of having us here ever since.  We owe big thanks to Maudslay park director Rob Kovacs and his team for their help.

The theme for this year's 20th show is, appropriately, 20/20.  We're thinking about vision, and looking forward as well as back.  The artists, as always, will be free to use the theme as they like in their work (or rebel against it!).   It looks to be a great show, with 50 artists participating, our largest to date! 

We will install the show on September 7, and it will officially open on Sunday September 8.  We'll have a reception and tour with the artists on Saturday, September 14, at 2pm. Wear your walking shoes!   The show closes at 2pm on Sunday, September 29.

Sculpture at Maudslay is supported in part by by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.  Advertisers in our catalog are also critical to making our shoe-string budget work, and we thank them.  

For more information or an interview, please contact:


or Bert Snow:   978-697-7496

In a Nutshell

Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay

20th Show, the theme is 20/20

Maudslay State Park, Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA

Opens September 8

Reception and Artist Tour: September 14 at 2pm

Closes September 29 at 2pm

Images are attached below and can be downloaded.

Spiral Bower by Joyce Zarins 1998 Photo by Joyce Zarins.jpg

Timber by Joe Fix 2002 - Photo by Egils Zarins.jpg

Planet of the Apes by Eric Legacy 2001 Photo by Joyce Zarins.jpg

Installing Sphere on Point by Eric Olson Photo by Egils Zarins.jpg

Installing Archway by Damon Jesperson and Gordon Przybyla 2018. Pho...

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