ARTINA 2016: Art in Nature

Sculpture Park at the Sandy Spring Museum

Presented by The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and Sandy Spring Museum (SSM)


Participating Artists: Allan Arp, c.l. bigelow, Jeff Chyatte, Eve Hennessa, Jin Lee, Darcy Meeker, Vanessa Niederstrasser, Salvatore Pirrone, Mike Shaffer, Diane Szczepaniak, Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin


Exhibition Dates: June 30 - September 30, 2016


Opening Reception: June 30, 6:30 - 9:00 pm

An Opening Ceremony will be performed by Eve Hennessa at 6.30 pm titled “Medicine Wheel.”


ART IN NATURE marks the first collaboration between the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and the Sandy Spring Museum (SSM). The aim of ART IN NATURE is to create awareness among visitors and communities to reconnect with nature now as well as in future societies. Art functions as a mediator between nature and people to generate public attention and awareness by promoting a healthier and more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life. Life in and with nature can be experienced as living systems, and as nature’s regenerative power to recover from damage. A diverse, layered concept of ART IN NATURE helps us to understand, appreciate, and value the ecosystem offered by nature and its natural systems and cycles. Art functions not only as an aesthetic stimulator to design a creative and sustainable environment, but also helps us to understand the connection between humans and nature. One can find beauty in materials, forms, and living systems.


Renowned art historian Martine Van Kampen of the Netherlands served as juror for ARTINA 2016. She is Curator of the Land Art Live, a series of programs and performances taking place at the six major Land Art works in the province of Flevoland. Van Kampen also serves as a curator for TAAK, a cooperative of cultural workers who create projects, art, and educational programs related to public, social, and environmental issues. TAAK also serves as an international platform that develops innovative art projects and educational programs relating to social issues such as ecology, urbanization, social design, and human rights.


In 2015 Van Kampen was invited by the International Cultural Relations of NRW KULTURsekretariat, Germany to attend the International Visitors Program Research Trip: Dialogue between Art and Nature – Methods and Strategies of Curating Art in Public Space, creating a bridge between the continents, and exchanging contemporary perspectives on art in nature in the network between WSG and SSM. Van Kampen lives and works in Amsterdam.


WSG and SSM seeks a partnership to enhance communities’ social engagement with nature and the environment through concepts of participation, collaboration, and contemporary concepts. A diverse and multilayered program creates a broad platform for today’s highly diverse audience that needs to be approached through a range of artistic relationships to nature, which can be natural, environmentally friendly, architectural, conceptual, narrative, representational, time-based, and interdisciplinary, regenerating our deep connection with nature.



An invitation to help build works for ARTINA!

Help Create a River of Sticks: June 11, 12-4 pm with exhibiting artist Diane Szczepaniak. All ages are welcome; no artistic ability or experience is needed. Click here for details and to register to participate.

Help Build Day/Night, a Series of Woven Tree Structures: June 25, 12-4 pm with exhibiting artist Fabiola Alvarez Yurcism. All ages are welcome; no artistic ability or experience is needed.



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Sandy Spring Museum

17901 Bentley Road

Sandy Spring, MD 20860

(301) 774-0022

Tel. (301) 774-0022



Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm.  Open after hours for programming.

Grounds are accessible any time.