Grounds for Sculpture, McCarter Theater awarded federal arts grants

HAMILTON — The Grounds for Sculpture, International Sculpture Center and McCarter Theater are in line to receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The 42-acre Grounds for Sculpture, founded in 1992 by sculptor Seward Johnson, will use its $20,000 grant to support an exhibition by Korean-American sculptor Jae Ko, including a “massively scaled, deep sculptural relief (raised dimensional technique)” made of individual rolls of paper, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (D-4th Dist.) announced in a news release.

The project will also include the exhibition of “sumi” works, smaller ink wash projects that demonstrate Ko’s artistic depth and talent, in addition to demonstrations, workshops and a documentary, Smith said.

“Grounds for Sculpture is an amazing display of artistry for both visitors and passers-by along the old State Fairgrounds area in Hamilton, since many displayed pieces of artwork can be seen and enjoyed driving along East State Street,” he said.

The International Sculpture Center, Inc., a separate Hamilton organization where Johnson once served as a board chairman, will use the National Endowment for the Arts grant to continue publishing 10 issues of “Sculpture” magazine each year, in addition to digital content.

“The International Sculpture Center serves nearly all aspects of the field sculpture, from artists to museums and virtually anyone with an appreciation of sculpture,” Smith said.

The McCarter Theater, located in Princeton, also received a $10,000 grant to support the premiere its new production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery,” a comedic adaptation of the novel, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” according to a list from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The three Mercer County nonprofits are among 11 New Jersey grant recipients. Of the nearly 3,500 applicants, more than 1,100 arts organizations were awarded grants.

The National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the federal government, was founded in 1965 and has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence in local communities.

“These organizations each contribute to the community and beyond,” Smith said. “Their work recognizes artists and talent and encourages a wider appreciation for the arts in the public.”

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