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

Times TBA

From a walk in the park to film screenings to an academic presentation and, of course, birthday cake, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park will celebrate the career and influence of Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day! Our seminal work, Yes! for Lady Day will be visited and celebrated on what would be Lady Day’s 102nd birthday. These events are part of the Southland Arts Municipalities and Business Alliance’s “Let them eat Jazz” festival.






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

Masterpiece Model Workshop – no hard hat needed!

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.

Register Here
Fee: $25/team
(additional books $25)


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.