Celebrating the Familiar: A Walk Through Spring Lake

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The Sculptures of Seward Johnson

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About the Exhibit

Spring Lake is hosting a free outdoor art exhibit this fall featuring the works of world-renowned sculptor and New Jersey native, Seward Johnson. Fourteen of Johnson’s life-like bronze sculptures will be on display throughout Spring Lake’s downtown from September 17 through January 1st.

A self-guided tour begins at the Spring Lake Library and meanders through the downtown business district.

Spring Lake Mayor Jennifer Naughton along with the Spring Lake Business Improvement District will unveil the exhibit at an opening ceremony at the Spring Lake Community House located at 300 Madison Avenue on September 17th at 12 noon with a reception immediately following. All are invited to attend. Other events and activities include self-guided tours, photo contests, school activities, guest speakers and shows at the Community Theatre, adult art classes, and plein air artists on display. If interested in a private group tour, contact the Spring Lake BID at 732-449-0037.

About The Seward Johnson Atelier

Building on the legacy of the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute and School of Sculpture, The Seward Johnson Atelier was created to promote the appreciation of, and education about, sculpture and public art through the creation, maintenance, sales and public placement of Seward Johnson’s sculptures. The Seward Johnson Atelier is the exclusive owner of copyright of Seward Johnson’s sculpture and is committed to educating the public about his artistic legacy. The Seward Johnson Atelier has received a gift of a collection of Seward Johnson sculpture, and will continue to produce and sell sculptures with the proceeds of sales, exhibitions and licensing being devoted to sustaining its exhibition and educational programs. We provide training for artists and skilled crafts persons in modeling, enlarging, casting, fabrication, paint and patina, and may offer those production and conservation services for a fee to sculptors and cultural institutions with an emphasis on promoting public art.

About the Artist: Seward Johnson

Seward Johnson’s sculptures have been turning heads and causing conversation for nearly fifty years.  More than four hundred of Johnson’s life-size cast bronze figures have been featured in private collections and museums around the world. Most recognizable are the three main series: Celebrating the Familiar, Beyond the Frame, inspired by the Impressionist masterworks, and Icons Revisited. Johnson has enlarged a select group of sculptures into monumental scale for placement in communities.  To date these twenty to thirty-foot tall presences have been on exhibition, or been purchased for permanent display, in various cities in the United State and overseas, two of the most notable being Embracing Peace in Times Square, Rome and Normandy, France, and the dramatic Forever Marilyn in Chicago, Palm Springs, Australia and China. Seward Johnson’s impact on the world of public sculpture has altered and enhanced the landscape as well as the dialogue about art in the public realm.




View the entire exhibit with descriptions here.



Self-guided Tour

Download a self-guided tour booklet
Download a listing of Sculptures

Docent-led Tour

Docent-led tours will be held in Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 11:30 am. There is a minimum or 8 people and a maximum of 15 for a private tour. Each tour will last approximately one hour. For more information or to sign up for a tour, contact 732-449-0037.




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Photo Contest

We are looking for the best and most unique photos of these sculptures taken by our visitors. Bring along your camera or phone and enter the photo contest. Post your photos at #springlakesculptures. One photo will be profiled each month on our website.



Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors $5,000

Clayton Livery ~ Spring Lake Business Improvement District ~ Spring Lake Library ~ Friends of the Spring Lake Five

Sculpture Sponsors $2,500

Trevor Price & Megan Sheetz

Supporting Sponsors $1,000

Joseph & Deborah Curto ~ Louise Hoppe Finnerty & the Forman School ~ Katharine Darche Horgan ~ Jersey Mike’s ~ Marisa & Ale Corporation ~ Cathleen McCusker ~ New Jersey Natural Gas ~ Stephen & Jeryl Oristaglio

Friends $500

Anthony & Connie Ambrosio ~ Charleston Shoe Co. ~ Joanne Frasco Cooke ~ Chip & Andrea Craig ~ James & Janet Crines ~ Greater Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce ~ Hart, LLC ~ Preservation Alliance of Spring Lake ~ Spring Lake Historical Society ~ Spring Lake Irish Centre ~ James & Janet Thompson ~ Diane Turton Realtors ~ The Woman’s Club of Spring Lake ~ Steve & Nancy Sheetz~Syd Whalley

Additional Donations

Dennis & Jeanne Cameli, CJR Interior Design, LLC, Bob & Linda Drasheff, Frederick & Lynn Kentz, Wayne & Carol Patterson, Michael & Kathleen Scotto, Muriel & Nino Sportelli, Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe, Janice Venables, Village Tweed, Wayne & Lorraine Yaeger


Book Sales:

SEWARD JOHNSON: A Life in Public Art

Seward Johnson’s career as an artist has spanned more than four decades, and his signature bronze sculptures have identified him as one of the most widely recognized sculptors of our time. In association with the phenomenally successful retrospective exhibition of the artist in 2014-2015, this book offers the definitive record of his work. The 16 x 16 hardbound book features 282 pages exploring each series in Johnson’s oeuvre, with over 500 images bringing Johnson’s work to life.  Includes essays by commentators and art critics placing the artist’s work in the cultural and social landscape, along with a complete catalogue raisonné.

Hard cover book: $65.00

To reserve your copy of the book, please contact Dawn McDonough at dmcdonough@visitspringlake.com or call 732-449-0037.




Educational Activities

We would like to extend a thank you to Monmouth University Art Education Professor Kathleen Doherty and her graduate and undergraduate students for preparing the following lesson plans to accompany this art exhibit. These lesson plans, prepared for elementary, junior high school, and high school art classes, follow the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Lesson plans 

Wire Sculpture Lesson Plan (Grades 7-12)
Lesson Plan | Supporting Presentation

Gesture Drawing Lesson Plan (Grades 5-12)
Lesson Plan | Supporting Presentation

Sculpture Drawing Lesson Plan (Grades 4-5)
Lesson Plan | Supporting Presentation

Other Activities 

Finish the Picture

Write a Short Story 1

Write a Short Story 2





Spring Lake Links
Seward Johnson Atelier
Grounds for Sculpture



Parking & Directions

Spring Lake has plenty of free on-street parking.  Visit our parking and directions page.

“The sculptures contained herein are © 2005 or earlier, The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc., except where otherwise noted, and the photographs are used with permission of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. All rights reserved.”