MAG’s Centennial Sculpture Park (CSP) Ribbon Cutting and Celebration Day are almost here! Join the Memorial Art Gallery on June 4 at 11 am for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open Phase II to the community at the corner of University Ave and Prince Street.

MAG’s Celebration Day will follow the Ribbon Cutting and includes lawn games from 12–4 pm (near the corner of Goodman & University); boxed lunches, snacks, and drinks for purchase from 12–4 pm; art projects with the Creative Workshop (under the tent) from 1–4 pm; performances from School of the Arts students at the Rashid Johnson Community Pavilion from 1–4 pm; NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) informational table from 1–4 pm; and Yoga Under the Rainbow with Olivia, a friend of NAMI at 3 pm.

Rendering of Pia Camil’s Lover’s Rainbow. Courtesy of Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC.

The Ribbon Cutting and Celebration Day mark the completion of Phase II and the establishment of a $1.2M endowment that will provide care for the park in perpetuity. In November 2022, the Sands Family Supporting Foundation, Inc., Constellation Brands, and Abby and Doug Bennett announced a challenge to the community to support MAG’s Centennial Sculpture Park. Once MAG secured $500,000 in gifts and pledges, the aforementioned donors would generously match the community’s support with another $500,000. With this, the Rashid Johnson Community Pavilion was officially named. MAG supporters generously contributed to reach the challenge and exceed it by more than $280K, fully funding the Centennial Sculpture Park endowment.

Phase II of Centennial Sculpture Park includes seven major works by influential contemporary artists:

Rashid Johnson (American, born 1977)
Broken Pavilion, 2022–23

Sanford Biggers, Oracle, 2022, bronze, Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund, Lyman K. and Eleanore B. Stuart Endowment Fund, and Thelma M. Knapp Fund, 2022.58

Pia Camil (Mexican, born 1980)
Lover’s Rainbow, 2022

Sanford Biggers (American, born 1970)
Oracle, 2022

Jun Kaneko (American, born Japan, 1942)
Untitled, Dango, 2017

Nathan Mabry (American, born 1978)
Process Art (An Eye for An Eye), 2008

Deborah Butterfield (American, born 1949)
Untitled, 1996

Tony Cragg (English, born 1949)
Versus, 2013

MAG’s Centennial Sculpture Park is an artistic urban oasis for the city of Rochester that is always open and always free. In the spirit of inspiring fun, which is fundamental to MAG’s mission, these works of art are playful, flexible, smart, and provocative. Another equally important priority for the museum is to showcase important artists from underrepresented backgrounds with robust international reputations.

Sponsors of the Expansion

* Gifts of art | ** Gift in kind


David H. Brush *

Empire State Development,
with the support of the Office of the Governor
and the New York State Legislature

Estate of Elizabeth Plumb Miller

Nancy B. Miller


Robert B. and Pamela M. Goergen *

Sandra Hawks Lloyd and Justin Hawks Lloyd

Sands Family Supporting Foundation, Inc.

$100,000 – $249,999

Abigail J. and Douglas S. Bennett

Constellation Brands, Inc.

Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery

The Gallina Family

Mrs. Gwen M. Greene, in memory of John D. Greene

Kathleen E. Landers and Peter J. Landers

New York State Council on the Arts,
with the support of the Office of the Governor
and the New York State Legislature


Anonymous Donor

Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC **

Margaret M. and David J. Burns

Davenport-Hatch Foundation

Maureen and Robert Dobies

Howard and Wilma Kaye *

Paul Marc and Pamela Miller Ness


Sonya and Quincy Allen

Sarah M. and Robert W. Hurlbut

Jane Colangelo

Laura L. Fulton and Martin P. Zemel

Giuseppe Erba and Mark Pierzynski

Hanna Properties, LLC

Cecelia Horwitz and Floyd Tucker

Cornelia Klein

Dale and Joseph Klein

Pike Construction Services

Janet Reed

Mary Ann Monley and William D. Rice

Sharon and Robert A. Napier


Anonymous Donor

Marlies Anderson

Jody and Bob Asbury

Nancy S. and Peter O. Brown

Heidi Friederich

Robert and Mary Koegel

Leslie Scott Lindler

Marcia Lowry

Charles E. and Margaret Symington

Kristin Vanden Brul


Diane and Robert Boni

Mary Ellen Burris

Natalie and J. Richard Ciccone

Stephen Dewhurst

Walter B. Hickey, Jr.

Daniel Holland

Marilyn Merrigan

Dr. Vivian Palladoro

Ron and Cathy Paprocki

Karen P. Selwyn