Lecture by Tom Moran

Chief Curator, Grounds for Sculpture

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Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum founded on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds. Opened to the public in 1992, it has rapidly become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey, welcoming and enchanting nearly 2.1 million visitors since then. Founded by artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson, the nonprofit Grounds For Sculpture presents and conserves an exceptional collection of contemporary sculpture, offers outstanding programming for all ages, and provides seasonally rotating exhibitions in six indoor galleries.

Prior to the Grounds for Sculpture, Tom Moran spent thirty years as the director of arts inclusion and artistic services at the New Jersey State Arts Council. During his tenure, thousands of works of art were created for state and federal building projects, many among the most innovative in the nation. Among his most notable projects were the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line, the Carnegie Library Civil Rights Garden in Atlantic City, and the New Jersey September 11, 2001 Memorial at Liberty State Park, working with such artists as Fred Wilson, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Tom Nussbaum, Trevor Wilson, and Richard Haas.

A native of Massachusetts and a longtime resident of New Jersey, Tom Moran is a sculptor in his own right, who has shown his work throughout the U.S. and in France and Poland. He holds a MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and a BFA from Clark College.