Sculpture Garden

When the Sculpture Garden was introduced in fall 2014, many around the SUNY Oswego campus were puzzled by the surreal or abstract sculptures. It took just a few months to adjust, and though the art pieces are never permanent, the area remains familiar. The familiarity is due in part to its location at the east end of Marano Campus Center, allowing passerby regular exposure to the artwork. Sculpture professor Ben Entner and Tyler Gallery’s Director Michael Flanagan came up with the idea early in Tyler Hall’s renovation, to be a teaching resource and an alternative to the limited gallery space. Updated every other year, 12 sculptures have been put on display to date, in two installations of six sculptures each. The undertaking has been so successful that one of the original artists donated his piece, which was set up at a permanent location by Shineman Science Center’s south entrance.

“Michael and I are working to add permanent sculptures to the entryways of Tyler Hall and we hope to expand the program across campus as well. I have talked with students and  faculty of many departments about the sculpture garden. It is exciting to hear their interest, opinions, and anticipation for the future rotations of sculptures.” - Ben Entner, assistant professor of sculpture and art history