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Welcome to the web site of The Hollycroft Foundation, sponsor of THE SCULPTURE MILE exhibitions. Visitors may soon be able to download our complete exhibition catalogue, a free hard copy will also be available early in August 2016 at a dozen public libraries and at various businesses in the towns nearest the exhibition.

GEOGRAPHICALLY : The towns from west to east along the shore are: Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme. Then traveling north to Essex (Centerbrook & Ivoryton).



Catalogue  picture
Cover of The Hollycroft Foundation's
25th Anniversary Exhibition
celebrating The SCULPTURE MILE
at Madison
Tim Prentice guides installer Dave
Culbert in the positioning of his
mobile CARPET above the Reading
Room of the Scranton Library.


What Hollycroft has managed to do in Madison is amazing. Despite some early efforts to censor or undermine the exhibition (not uncommon with innovative art projects), thousands of townspeople and tourists have experienced a unique museum-quality exhibition by some of America's most important sculptors. People who would not take the time to travel to a museum to look at art have experienced a major permanent (annually refreshed) exhibition where "touching" is encouraged and there are no intimidating guards to chase away curious children.

In Madison, students from Spain surround "Wizard's Watch" by Anthony Padovano.

The sculptures in the Madison range from the traditionally realistic to non-objective abstract pieces, from some monumental in scale to others that are small and intimate. They are made in a wide variety of materials including: bronze, marble, ceramic, fabricated steel, carved and fabricated wood, granite and resin. The pieces have been created by distinguished artists from Maine to North Carolina. There are twenty-three sculptures in the Madison exhibition which will continue until next spring, and then plans call for refreshing it by having a number of its pieces rotated out and replaced with new works.

TOURS--Free, docent-led private tours of THE SCULPTURE MILE at Madison are available from May through October, leaving from the pavilion near the Stop & Shop parking area. Group tours can be arranged by telephoning (203) 421-196

INDIVIDUAL TOURS of THE MILE can be arranged by calling (860) 767-2624


Kind Comments From Viewers

Thousands from the state and nation have viewed THE SCULPTURE MILEs at
Madison, Essex, Middletown, Manchester and West Haven.

Below are some kudos from visitors:

"Thank you for the show we most enjoyed on the East Coast"
T.C. Md., La Jolla, CA

"I wanted to live in a town gutsy enough to have sculpture like this."
J.G., Madison, CT

"An asset to your town, Please continue the good work."
I.A., Rockaway, NJ

"We deliberately drove to Connecticut after arriving in New York just to visit
The Sculpture Mile. It was worth the trip."
C.R., Honolulu, HI

"Thank you for the joy you have given me with the public exhibit of sculptures. I think
this is the best thing that has come to Middletown. As much as I love museums, I always
feel stifled by being indoors. What better than to be startled by a piece of artwork.
In these trying times it's a delight to encounter and discuss a thing of beauty."
S.M., Middletown, CT

"I set up a tour for my daughter's Brownie troop. They LOVED it and it was fun and educational. Kathleen was a wonderful docent! Thank you!"
C.C., Madison, CT


Since it's first street exhibition in Ivoryton, Connecticut in 1994, there have been numerous replications of THE SCULPTURE MILE across the nation, in addition to those mounted by The Hollycroft Foundation in other Connecticut towns and cities including: Clinton, Manchester, Middletown, Westbrook, and West Haven. For the past twelve years Madison has hosted THE MILE and the 2012-2013 edition of the exhibition is currently on display along the Boston Post Road and in Scranton Park in the large Stop & Shop shopping plaza.

FEAR NOT ART, become a friend! Join the adventure, come walk THE MILE. The Hollycroft Foundation welcomes your comments and seeks your participation and membership.

Address comments to William Bendig, President/Curator
(and longtime resident of Ivoryton)
The Hollycroft Foundation at: hollycroft@hollycroft.org

Some Media Comments About
and Its Exhibition Program

"...a willingness to be an artistic showcase.
The benefits are priceless....Suddenly in the limelight."
The Hartford Courant

"...a collector's eclecticism, half an hour east of New Haven."
The New York Times

"Time Off: A Week of Diversions, Sculpture..."
The Wall Street Journal

"In this town Main Street intersects Soho."
The Associated Press

"Madison should honor this exemplary exhibit...
by getting behind the artists and sponsors in full force."
The Shore Line Times

The Boston Globe

"The arts capital of the state has shifted...east this summer"
The New Haven Register

"A cultural coup...to revive an ancient tradition."
The Source

"Not exactly your standard museum fare."
The New Haven Advocate

"...an astonishingly beautiful exhibition."
Dan Kain, CBS-TV (Hartford)

"Connecticut's most spectacular outdoor art exhibition."
NBC-TV (New Haven)

The varied services of Hollycroft






creators of

The Hollycroft Foundation
Box 278
Ivoryton, Connecticut 06442


Photographs have been selected at random from various projects and exhibitions,
with an emphasis on the exhibitions






At right is the cover of the 2005-2006
Madison catalogue which featured a
steel work by Sandy MacLeod titled
"Unbalanced," sited at the end of the
walkway in Scranton Park.

The Hollycroft Foundation,
founded in 1991, is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, a member of the
Arts Council of Greater New Haven

and an Institutional Member of the
American Federation of Arts

along with the following
Connecticut art institutions:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum,
The William Benton Museum of Art,
Florence Griswold Museum,
Silvermine Guild Arts Center,
The Wadsworth Atheneum,
The Yale Center for British Art,

and the Yale University Art Gallery.







"Scott," a fiberglass sculpture by
Philip Grausman, presided over
the lawn in front of the
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
in the former Middletown exhibition

Concern for Children
Essex Elementary School Art Educator, Marilyn Malcarne,
explains to students: Alec Adamson, Siena Schaller, and
Sadie Blue Konstan, the inspiration for Ana Flores' sculpture
of the earth Goddess "Demeter" who wandered the earth in
search of her lost child. The sculpture's steel frame is
purposely covered by a rare climbing plant provided
by the Ivoryton Village Gardeners.
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The Hollycroft Foundation
Box 278
Ivoryton, CT 06442