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Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition

Phase IX Submissions now closed

A sculpture set against a blue sky
"Getting Your Bearings" by David Boyer

The Arts Commission of the City of Newport Beach launched an initiative to turn its spectacular, 14-acre Civic Center Park into a "Museum Without Walls", installing works from sculptors around the world in an evolving exhibition that cycles up to ten new works into the park every year. With ArtsOC's assistance managing the process, the works are selected by a jury consisting of Arts Commission Members and outside art experts, with input sought from members of the Newport Beach community via a public poll.

The works selected for Phases VII and VIII are now installed. The ten sculptures of Phase VII will be on display through June 2024 when it will be replaced by Phase IX, while Phase VIII will remain through June 2025. The window for artists to submit their sculptures for consideration for Phase IX is now open through Jan. 24, 2024.

Map of Phase VII and Phase VIII Sculptures


Phase VII (on display through June '24):

  1. Eve by Joe Forrest Sackett (Albuquerque, NM)
  2. To the Moon by Alex G (Vista, CA)
  3. The Archaeology of the Everyday by Tyler Burton (Palm Springs, CA)
  4. Pathway Parabola by Greg Mueller (Lutsen Mountain, MN)
  5. Where Have All the Birds Gone? by Marguerite Elliot (Fairfax, CA)
  6. Pluma Sculptura, aka "The Feather" by Kirk Seese (Lutherville-Timonium, MD)
  7. Prey by Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson (Alameda, CA)
  8. A Novel Idea by Craig Gray (Key West, FL)
  9. David by Miggy Buck (New York, NY)
  10. Cross-Section by Tim DeShong (Caratunk, ME)

Phase VIII (on display through June '25):

  1. Tulip the Rockfish by Peter Hazel (Reno, NV)
  2. Confluence #102 by Catherine Daley (Windsor, CA)
  3. One Another by Maxwell Carraher (Los Angeles, CA)
  4. Efram by James Burnes (Santa Fe, NM)
  5. The Memory of Sailing by Zan Knecht (Grand Rapids, MI)
  6. Metal Tree by Pontus Willfors (Inglewood, CA)
  7. Newport Glider by Ilya Idelchik (San Diego, CA)
  8. Inchoate by Luke Achterberg (Onalaska, WI)
  9. Kissing Bench by Matt Cartwright (Portland, OR)
  10. The Goddess Sol by Jackie Braitman (Tacoma Park, MD)

Samples of prior Sculpture Exhibition Works