Our Mission

    SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture's specific potential to change the way we engage with the world. Positioning artists' work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter provides an international forum that connects artists and audiences by presenting exhibitions, commissioning new work, and generating scholarship.

    Core Values


    We deploy significant institutional resources - from research and technical expertise to funding and sustained curatorial dialogue - to support artists before, during, and after their exhibitions.


    We recognize that diversity enriches cultural dialogue and is essential to innovation. We regularly work across borders and generations and seek to reflect and embrace multiple viewpoints in programming, hiring, visitor relations, and facility planning.


    We operate independently of market interests and, to the extent possible, fund production and exhibition costs through fundraising. The artists we showcase are represented by a diverse group of galleries and often by no gallery at all.


    We are transparent in our interactions with artists, audiences, donors, and other constituents. We share information internally and externally regarding our programs, financials, and other metrics while fostering a culture of openness.


    In programming and in governance, we are rigorous in our pursuit of new ideas. Our exhibitions, public programming, and scholarship are thoughtful, well researched, and precise in their scope. Our governance and operations are disciplined and efficient.

    Our Programs

    SculptureCenter’s programs explore and reflect the current concerns of and around contemporary sculpture. Taking the history and legacy of sculpture as our foundation, we consider the ways that artists are thinking about three-dimensional work. In supporting new ideas and artistic research, SculptureCenter identifies the most compelling practices and experiments that relate to the history of sculpture.

    SculptureCenter introduces emerging artists, commissions work of the highest quality in New York, and provides direct support to the artists for the creation of new work, including production funds, curatorial support, and honoraria.

    As a non-collecting museum, SculptureCenter’s annual exhibition program includes 1–2 commissioning programs by mid-career artists, 10–15 projects by emerging artists, and 3–6 solo and group exhibitions in addition to an exciting series of special projects by established and emerging artists. SculptureCenter continuously offers a dynamic series of free public programs and events that feature artist talks, performances, film screenings, and publications.

    In fiscal year 2018, SculptureCenter presented 5 critically-acclaimed exhibitions, a choreographic work, and a public art installation showcasing 29 artists including: the first institutional survey exhibition of Nicola L.; the first solo institutional presentation of Kelly Akashi; the first New York City solo museum exhibition of Carissa Rodriguez; the debut of a new commission by choreographer Moriah Evans; In Practice: Another Echo, featuring new commissions by 12 emerging artists and artist teams as part of our annual open call program; 74 million million million tons, a group exhibition co-curated by Ruba Katrib and Lawrence Abu Hamdan; and a public art installation by Xaviera Simmons, commissioned through SculptureCenter's annual Public Process program.

    SculptureCenter’s diverse programming expands upon our mission and enriches the discourse between our artists and audiences. SculptureCenter continued its publications program with 5 exhibition catalogs, as well as 7 free public and community engagement programs including our popular SC Conversations artist and curator talks. SculptureCenter also presented the second year of Clay Club, a family-friendly event that opened our space to the public as a large-scale community sculpture studio with artist-led activities. Our annual Public Process public art and education initiative invited 15 high school students to participate in a summer intensive course on public art and urban design, culminating in the opportunity to play a central role in commissioning and presenting a public artwork.