The Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST), in cooperation with the Borough of Haddonfield, NJ, has created a public/private outdoor art initiative that will populate downtown locations in Haddonfield with rotational, contemporary outdoor sculpture.
The goal, according to local real estate developer and HOST chair, Stuart Harting, is to “transform this walkable, attractive and historically significant borough into a significant center for juried outdoor sculpture in the great tradition of public art.”
“We are doing this through the creation of a not-for-profit Trust that will work collaboratively to bring notable work to accessible locations throughout the town,” says Harting.
“We hope that our first site, which is being called the Mechanic Sculpture Garden, will be joined by additional locations at as many as a dozen sites in the Borough,” he adds.
Selections are made by HOST ‘s Selection Advisory Committee, which includes Robert Roesch, chair of the Department of Sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; artist and sculptor Beth Wagner; Allie Westerside, a member of the arts faculty at Haddonfield Memorial High School, and Harting, who also serves as a member of the Borough’s Planning Board.
The members of the Trust board include—in addition to Harting, Roesch, and Wagner—Christopher Leise, Esq. of the Markeim Arts Center, architect Tom Wagner, and Michael Willmann, chair of the Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey.
Board of Trustees
- Stuart Harting, Chair
- Susan Baltake
- John Giannotti, Past Chair, Rutgers University Fine Arts
- Rosie Hymerling
- Christopher Leise, Esq., Markeim Arts Center
- Joseph Murphy, Esq., Boxwood Arts
- Megan York Parker
- Robert Roesch, Chair, Department of Sculpture Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
- Joseph Sikora, RLA, ASLA, Sikora Wells Appel
- Jason Schaeffer, Schaeffer Home Builders
- John Vick, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Thom Wagner, AIA
- Allie Westerside, Haddonfield Memorial High School
- Michael Willmann, Esq., Non Profit Development Center of Southern New Jersey