Sculpture Garden

Zoran Mojsilov
Chair at Entrance, 2010


The chair is the most recent sculptural addition to the Museum, flanking the entrance and anchoring the Garden Path. Sculptor Zoran Mojsilov worked the rock to bring an embedded rose quartz vein to surface. Thus the chair gleams in the rising and sinking sun.




Del Geist
Cudjoe III, 1978
Folded Corten steel plate




Richard Szeitz
Green Family at Home, 2005
Painted steel sculpture


Green Family at Home is a painted steel sculpture by Richard Szeitz, a sculptor born in Budapest, Hungary, and currently residing in Moorhead, Minnesota. The piece was purchased in the 2005 Autumn Art Auction at the North Dakota Museum of Art.














Allan Houser
Raindrops, 1993
Bronze sculpture


The sculpture of a young Navajo woman and her lamb was created by the late Allan Houser, a Chiricahua Apache from New Mexico. It is a gift from the Gerald Ryan family, acquired in 1999.















Zoran Mojsilov
Couch Potatoes, 1998 - 2002
Charcoal granite from Cold Springs, Minnesota


Couch Potatoes is an installation of three stone benches in the form of large boulders located in the southwest corner of the Museum Garden. Mojsilov, a Yugoslavian artist who lives in Minneapolis, was commissioned to create the stone benches in memory of Irving A. and Constance K. Johnson, parents of Lois Johnson, artist; Elaine Lau McKenzie, long time Museum employee; and George A. Wallace, father of Museum Director Laurel Wallace Reuter. The memorial to Elaine McKenzie was funded by those who worked with her during the founding years of the institution where she was a much beloved secretary and assistant to the director.




Elizabeth MacDonald
Garden Landscape, 1996
Ceramic tile


Garden Landscape was created by Elizabeth MacDonald, an artist from Connecticut, in memory of Helen Kretch, long-time Museum volunteer.




Richard Nonas


Richard Nonas, a sculptor from New York, was commissioned in the early 1990s to create the circle of forty charcoal-granite rocks that surrounds the Museum. His charge was to make a public space that would identify the 1907 building as a contemporary art museum. He was also asked to incorporate a specimen peony garden into the installation. Originally from China, the peony was brought to the Northern Plains by early settlers. Today, it, along with strands of lilacs, is often all that remains on early homesteads. The peonies were selected with the advice of the late Harold Thomforde, a national peony show judge who owned his own garden center in Crookston, and Greta M. Kessenich, Sectetary-Treasure of the American Peony Society.