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Brooke Barrie

Brooke Barrie
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Schenectady, NY
  • Birth Date b. 1956
  • Deathplace Tucson, AZ
  • Death Date d. 2015
1. photo: Bruce Daniels

Beginning in 1980, Barrie was the Academic Director for the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. In 1992, Barrie began working as Curator and Director of Grounds For Sculpture, a position she held until 2007. She developed the first inaugural outdoor exhibition at GFS, which contained 15 works, including sculptures by George Segal, William King, Muriel Castanis, Joel Shapiro, among others. For 15 years, working closely with founder Seward Johnson, Barrie not only oversaw the development of the park and it’s collection of artwork, but during that time she also curated significant indoor exhibitions by major artists, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Dale Chihuly, Isaac Witkin, Marisol, and many more.
Prior to her time at Grounds For Sculpture, Barrie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from SUNY, Potsdam in 1977and a subsequent MFA in sculpture from Tulane Univeristy in 1979.

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We have received many questions about whether the opening of state parks includes Grounds For Sculpture. Please note at this time we remain closed. 

As a nonprofit organization we are not part of the state parks system and we are not yet permitted to open. We are watching the situation closely. When we are permitted to open, we are determined to do so in way that is safe for our staff, volunteers and visitors.

We know the value of being out in nature and experiencing art is all the more important and restorative during these uncertain times. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to experience GFS later this season when we are permitted and able to reopen. We are tending the garden to ensure we are ready when the time comes.

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