deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum was established in 1950 and is the largest park of its kind in New England. The park covers 30 acres and showcases modern to contemporary sculpture and art. Over 60 sculptures are on view outside in the sculpture park, and the inside of the museum is equally visually pleasing and innovative.
The mission statement on deCordova’s website states, “DeCordova fosters the creation, exhibition, and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through our exhibitions, learning opportunities, collection, and unique park setting.” deCordova’s art focuses on New England artists, as well as national and international artists as well.
Members enjoy year-round activities, including yoga in the park, snowshoe tours, behind-the-scenes events, and more FREE of charge.
The 30-acre Sculpture Park creates a dialogue about environmental conditions in relation to outdoor art. Educational programming is offered to visitors of all ages and art knowledge. Programming includes interactive galleries, public and family programs, and a variety of informational tours.
Freuqently showcased in the Dewey Family Gallery,deCordova’s permanent collection includes over 1,500 photographs, plus paintings, drawings, and sculptures. deCordova boasts the largest museum collection of artwork by New England artists.
The $25,000 Rappaport Prize is awarded annually to an American artist with ties to New England whom has both past accomplishments and a bright future. It has been awarded annually since 2000 through the generosity of the Phyllis & Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.
Fun Fact: deCordova is home to the only preschool in a contemporary art museum in the United States.