Activities and events for every age group occur year round at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Whether you're interested in learning more about our collection of contemporary sculpture, experiencing the most unique cocktail party of the season or helping to restore our prairie, we have something for you.

Happy Birthday Billie!

Happy Birthday Billie!
Friday, April 7, 2017

10:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

From a guided walk in the park to film screenings, expert talks, and birthday cake, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park will celebrate the career and influence of Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day!

DiSuvero’s notable sculpture, Yes! for Lady Day will be the centerpiece of this jazz-inspired birthday celebration on Lady Day’s 102nd birthday. These events are part of the Chicago Southland’s “Let them eat Jazz” festival, presented by the Southland Arts, Municipalities and Business Alliance; a regional jazz centennials celebration; a regional collaboration of arts and business to showcase the power of the arts in the Chicago Southland.

10:45 – 11:15 Walking tour out to Yes! for Lady Day, led by Director Geoff Bates
11:15 – 11:45 FILM SCREENING: DiSuvero Documentary video, Engbretson Hall
11:45 – Noon Q&A with Director Geoff Bates
Noon – 12:30 Birthday Cake for Billie, Hall of Governors
12:30 – 2:15 FILM SCREENING: Lady Sings the Blues (Billie Holiday biopic), Engbretson Hall
2:15 – 2:35 Q & A with Suzanne Patterson of The Knowledge Exchange
3 PM Talk with Amanda Douberly, instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, on the significance of Yes! for Lady Day
3:45-4:15 Walking tour out to Yes! for Lady Day with Bates and Douberly






Wednesday Walks in the Park

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Every other Wednesday, beginning October 5. Explore the big art park in GSU's own backyard! Visitors should gather on the patio behind D-Wing’s Hall of Governors at Noon. Guests should wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.

Wednesday, October 5

Activity Level: Easy
Untitled, Joel Shapiro
Oscar's Inclination, Michael Dunbar
Meeting Ends, Chakaia Booker
Serendipity, Chakaia Booker
Illinois Landscape No. 5, John Henry
Windwaves, Yvonne Domenge 


Wednesday, October 19

Activity level: Moderate
Falling Meteor, Jerry Peart
Phoenix, Edvins Strautmanis
Paul, Tony Tasset
Spiral, Clement Meadmore
Sisyphus' Aviary, Dan Yarbrough
Frame, Richard Rezac


Wednesday, November 2

Activity Level: Moderate/High
Bodark Arc, Martin Puryear
The Granary Project, Dan Peterman
Icarus, Charles Ginnever
What's Not, Chakaia Booker


Wednesday, November 30

Activity Level: Easy
Large Planar Hybrid, Richard Hunt
Outgrown Pyramid II, Richard Hunt
Sextant Yoke, Mike Baur
Arc 3, Mike Baur
Art Ark, Terry Karpowicz 

Custom, individualized tours of the park are available by contacting the park staff at or 708.534.4486. More information about arranging a tour of the park for a group can be found at Visit the Park. 

Masterpiece Model Workshop - CANCELLED

Masterpiece Model Workshop – no hard hat needed! - ***CANCELLED***

Saturday, March 11, 2017 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Age 9-14 with an adult

Spend a few hours making art with your child at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Model Masterpiece Workshop. Participants will tour the distinguished outdoor sculpture park while learning about and interacting with 4-5 pieces of art. Afterwards, collaborate with your child to create a scale model of one of the sculptures. All materials will be provided and participants will receive 1 book of models to take home with them. Please wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and dress for the weather.


Shakespeare and Small Bites: The Tempest

Shakespeare & Small Bites 

Friday, April 7
6 p.m. Shakespeare's The Tempest presented by Theatre and Performance Studies
7:30 - 10 p.m. Small Bites Reception and Auction

Sail through the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, as it is transformed into a remote island for Shakespeare's tale of magic, deception, revenge, and romance.

After years of being exiled with his daughter, Prospero the rightful Duke of Milan, summons a storm of epic proportions to trap his usurpers and exact his revenge on them with the help of a mischievous fairy.

Then join us for a post-show reception featuring wine, small bites, and dessert.

Tickets $75
Proceeds benefit the arts programs at GSU.

RSVP to Gina Ragland at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.