We won! theNate was voted #1 sculpture park in the Nation

NEW Feature! Art Auction 32auctions.com/thenate

bid on original artwork at all different price points, styles, and sizes - and help theNate!

the auction will end on Sept 11 and the artwork will be on display for the event - but you don't have to be present to be part of the auction, the bidding all takes place online. 


Sculpture, Wine & Dine 2021 SOLD OUT 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Guest Message - Parking Instructions - Important Information downloadable pdf

Sponsorship and ticket information: Sara Tweddle, GSU Foundation, 708-235-7559

RSVP by August 30, 2021

Please read this message carefully, and share it with everyone in your group.


We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday, September 11, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m.


Online Auction

You can register and begin bidding online for the art auction prior to your arrival.




Here, you can quickly and easily create a profile. All bidding will occur online and the artwork will be on display at the event.



Masks are required, even for those who are vaccinated, when indoors or when unable to maintain 6 feet distance. For your convenience, disposable masks and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Restrooms in F Entrance and E Lounge will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the event.


This is an outdoor event with a few indoor features. Wear shoes for walking in grass, and dress in layers for changing temperatures and conditions.

 Pro tip: Attire is “Garden Party,” “Business Casual,” and “Artsy Creative” 


Please park in Lot East 3:

Schedule of Events

4 p.m. Registration opens

In line with GSU’s sustainability efforts, there are no printed or electronic tickets. Provide your name at the registration table located outside the F Entrance – next to the GIANT yellow sculpture, “Illinois Landscape, No. 5” by John Henry.

 Proceed to E Lounge / Art Gallery / E Lounge Patio

·      Browse the art auction in person and bid online www.32auctions.com/thenate 

·      See the exhibit “Crowd Gate” by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas in the Visual Arts Gallery

·      Enjoy a cocktail and passed hors d’ oeuvres

·      Take a golf cart tour, departing from the E Lounge Patio.

·      Visit “Stargazing with Contrails” by Terry Karpowicz - the newest addition to the collection. Walk around the lake or catch a cart tour to toast the artist and Paul and Linda Uzureau, who made the new acquisition possible.


4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. “Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel” screening (near F Entrance) - A 28-minute documentary featuring Mark di Suvero. There will be an additional screening after dinner.


6:30 p.m. Dinner is served

Join us for dinner, followed by Ernest Dawkins and The Young Masters performing a commissioned musical tribute to sculptor, Richard Hunt.


A special note: Due to Covid-19, dinner will be served in individual boxed servings. We have partnered with the caterer to provide an elegant, fun environment, while also keeping our guests, staff, and volunteers safe.


An Afterglow Party will follow on E Lounge patio with music and after dinner beverages – we

have so much to celebrate! Voted the BEST Sculpture Park in the nation by USAToday’s Reader’s Choice Award 2021, new acquisitions, the Lewis Manilow Common Ground Initiative serving our communities, and so much more.


For questions or additional information, contact:


Jeff Stevenson, Director & Curator                             Sara Tweddle, GSU Foundation

jstevenson@govst.edu                                               stweddle@govst.edu

708-534-4021                                                             708-235-7559





Prairie Party: A Date With theNate

In this video presentation, the friends of theNate and advisory board members share exciting news that will make you want to visit in person.

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We are THE safe, socially distanced, kid friendly, art lovers' destination FREE admission and parking, and a free app Otocast to guide you through the 100 acres of prairie lands and the art collection.

Post your visit using #thenate tag us on Instagram @_thenate_ and find us on Facebook @nathan.manilow.sculpture.park


News from theNate - Year End 2020 Issue


Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana gratefully acknowledges all companies and organizations – including theNate - who officially partner with us. Partnerships amplify our individual resources and expertise; enable us to bring attention to issues that affect the lives of 45,000 girl members, their families and nearly 19,000 adult volunteers; and create heightened brand recognition for focused experiences that do more good to improve the well-being of the 245 communities we serve than any entity can do separately.”

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