The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department recently received an Arts and Humanities Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) for the City’s Benar Venet Sculpture Garden at Oyster Creek Park.
The sculpture garden project was selected as the best arts and humanities program among Texas cities with populations between 75,001-200,000.
The presentation of Sugar Land’s second consecutive award was made at TRAPS’ annual awards banquet on March 2 in The Woodlands. Last year, TRAPS chose the City’s “New Year’s Eve in Town Square” event for the same award.
“We are also pleased to announce that our partners in this exhibition, The McClain Gallery and the Benar Venet Studios, have offered to extend the loan of these sculptures for an additional six months through July of 2012,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Browne. “We are excited to be able to extend the opportunity for our residents and visitors to our community to experience more than $6 million in world class art by one of the most important living artists of our time.”
The extension of the exhibition will benefit potential partnerships and private support for the acquisition of the “97.5 Arcs x 9” or “Leaning Arcs” sculpture currently displayed at the entrance to Oyster Creek Park near Highway 6.
The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit foundation, is pursuing the acquisition of the sculpture. The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has appointed a sub-committee to help promote the acquisition process and identify possible partners – such as foundations, corporations and private citizens – who can assist with local grassroots fundraising efforts.