Summer Sculpture Showcase

Congratulations to our 2021 accepted artists!


  •  Linda Hoffman - Refuge

  •  Chandler Davis - Eco Echo Orchestra

  •  Conrad Levenson - Lightning Rod

  •  Chris Plaisted - Minotaur

  •  David Borrus - Hiker

  •  Domenico Belli - Open Sky

  •  Guy McIntyre - Heron

  •  Joe Gitterman - Couple 9

  •  John Nativio - American Wood Bison & Equidae Entropy

  •  Margaret Roleke - Tree (death)

  •  Mark Dixon - Stone Serpent

  •  Marc Zaref - 3 Planes 2 Lines 

  •  Michael Lonchar - Sticky Chromosomes

  •  R. Douglass Rice - Canary

  •  Richard Goulis - Condemned

  •  Richard Newton & Salem Krieger - Earth II

  •  Tyrome Tripoli - Kitchen Sink Form

  •  Ernesto Leal - La Prima Vera


Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is a vibrant community environment dedicated to arts education and appreciation on the Connecticut shoreline. Our mission is to create a bond between art, nature & community by inspiring and promoting participation in the arts.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds’ annual exhibition, Summer Sculpture Showcase, has featured the selected sculptural works of over 100 acclaimed artists, hailing tremendous success, and providing artists with a unique opportunity to showcase their sculpture in a majestic environment specifically designed to nurture the creative arts. The exhibition has drawn over 7000 viewers to the 4.5-acre sculpture garden located on the Connecticut shoreline.  


In response to the success of the previous Summer Sculpture Showcases, Gilbert Boro, owner and sculptor at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, is pleased to announce Summer Sculpture Showcase 2021 - to be on display from June 19 through October 30, 2021.

The 2021 Summer Sculpture Showcase offers a unique opportunity for established sculptors to exhibit their work in locations tailored to accentuating art. This year we are excited to announce the expansion of our Summer Sculpture Showcase as we collaborate with the neighboring Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Both Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts attract artists from a broad range of artistic communities, which will provide for an exhibition of diverse sculptures. Keeping in line with the Academy’s mission to educate artists through the traditional forms of representational and figurative art and along with Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds’ mission to nurture interactions between art, nature & community, we are excited to allow for an exhibition that nurtures relationships within the artistic community we mutually serve.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts are thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and anticipate this exhibition will attract art-loving visitors from near and far. Both institutions are committed to the important public mission to enrich the cultural life of the region for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of our community.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I- 95. The Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome. For further information, contact us at 860-434-5957.




· Up to 4 works may be submitted – The Sculpture Grounds is seeking small and large-scale outdoor works including site- specific/architectural/ecological installations. Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is seeking figurative and representational sculpture. All artwork must be suited for an outdoor environment. No indoor artwork will be accepted.


· Accepted artists will be notified by May 21, 2021. A list of accepted artworks will also be posted on our website An opening reception is scheduled to be held on June 19, 2021, and a closing reception to be held on October 30, 2021.


· Installations will take place May 24 through June 4, 2021. Assistance will be provided by studio staff and a forklift will be readily available. Artists can provide their own transportation of works to the grounds and install themselves OR ship works to the grounds and studio staff will install the sculptures. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist. Please coordinate with Christina Goldberg ( to schedule the delivery of artwork.


· Works on the grounds are available for sale with a 30% commission to the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds. All proceeds from our sculpture sales go directly to funding the Sculpture Grounds which enables us to continue to keep the grounds open, free to the public, and fund our art programs. All shipping fees are the responsibility of the artist. Prices are determined by the artist and do not include sales tax, delivery or installation to be paid by the purchaser. 


· All accepted artwork will be professionally photographed after installation and images will be used for promotion and publicity on all social media platforms. Each accepted artist will be allotted a webpage on where photographs and information provided from your submission may be used.


· Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, including its employees. Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds will exercise reasonable care in the handling of all entries but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds possession.


· De-Installation will take place beginning October 31, 2021. Artists can come and collect works on their own or studio staff can re-crate works to be sent back to artists who will be invoiced for shipping costs.

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