Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Mission Statement
To promote the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment, and the arts.
What to see
Welcoming and Approachable... upbeat and fun... contemplative and enlightening , this is a unique destination that appeals to all age groups.
Comprised of 132 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows and display gardens, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a year-round experience with indoor tropical, arid, carnivorous, Victorian and seasonal gardens, changing sculpture galleries with exhibitions by international artists, and outdoor acreage featuring an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park, Children's Garden, Michigan's Farm Garden, amphitheater for summer concert events, nature trails and boardwalks. The integration of horticulture and sculpture flows throughout the site, uniquely blending both art and nature, setting it apart from other more traditional botanic gardens or art museum experiences. Recently ranked in the top 100 most-visited art museums worldwide by Art Newspaper, the leading publication in global art news, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has grown to become an international destination. Distinguished by sculptures from well-known artists such as Rodin, Moore, Oldenberg, DiSuvero, and many others, the sculpture representation is significant and on equal terms with other well known arts institutions in the world.
Meijer Gardens includes numerous comfort centers and resting areas throughout the 132-acre site.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park opened in April 1995 after 13 years of planning and fundraising by the West Michigan Horticultural Society. In 1990, Fred and Lena Meijer were asked for their support, and they embraced the concept of a major cultural attraction centering around horticulture and sculpture. The original vision has turned into a top cultural destination in the Midwest region, known internationally for the quality of its art and gardens.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a non-profit organization, privately funded by grants, foundations, and individual and corporate gifts. Meijer Gardens is operated by almost 200 full and part time staff, over 800 volunteers and supported by gifts from more than 21,000 member households and many donors. Our dream, our commitment is to create a legacy of lifelong learning, enjoyment, and a rich cultural experience for generations to come.
Curatorial and Artist Submissions
Our focus is sculpture (mainly outdoor) or two-dimensional works by sculptors. Due to the volume of inquiries the Sculpture and Exhibitions Department receives, we require that all artist's submissions and questions be sent by mail. Please be aware that the process may take several months and materials will not be returned and may be discarded.All artist submissions for exhibition or acquisition must include:
- A letter of intent.
- We prefer 8"×10" color printouts of works being considered and a single CD with 300 dpi jpg images.
- Biography, CV, artist statements and press materials are helpful.
- Mail materials to:
Curator of Sculpture
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
E-mail submissions will no longer be considered. We will not accept or be responsible for unsolicited delivery of artwork.