Beginning in 1980, Brooke Barrie was the Academic Director for the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. In 1992, Barrie began working as the first Curator and Director of Grounds For Sculpture, a position she held until 2007. She developed the first inaugural outdoor exhibition at GFS, which contained 15 works, including sculptures by George Segal, William King, Muriel Castanis, Joel Shapiro, among others.
For 15 years, working closely with founder Seward Johnson, Barrie not only oversaw the development of the park and it’s collection of artwork, but during that time she also curated significant indoor exhibitions by major artists, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Dale Chihuly, Isaac Witkin, Marisol, and many more. She earned her MFA from Tulane University and exhibited her sculpture in sixty shows nationwide. Her contributions to the sculpture community also included: juror, symposia participant, consultant, board member and panelist.
Author of Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture and co-author of Grounds For Sculpture: A Living Legacy, Brooke also wrote numerous journal articles and exhibition catalogs.
The Brooke Barrie Art Fund has been established to recognize former Grounds For Sculpture Curator and Director Brooke Barrie for her contributions made as part of the founding team that created GFS.
Contributions made to the Brooke Barrie Art Fund will be established in an endowment fund that will support acquisitions, conservation care, and exhibition development. The Brooke Barrie Art Fund will enable us to grow GFS’ current collection of fine art, and help to broaden and enrich the public experience of art, now and in the future.