Come celebrate the release of Brookgreen Gardens: Ever Changing. Simply Amazing with the Charleston Library Society and Brookgreen Gardens President and CEO, Page Kiniry. The botanical garden in Georgetown, South Carolina is a 9,127-acre National Historic Landmark and America’s first public sculpture garden.
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About the Book:
An oasis of art and nature, Brookgreen Gardens is America’s first public sculpture garden and largest collection of American figurative sculpture. Founded in 1931 by Archer Milton Huntington and Anna Hyatt Huntington, its lush South Carolina coastal location, between Myrtle Beach to the north and Charleston to the south, is an exquisite setting for the more than two thousand works by four hundred twenty-five artists―including more than one hundred sculptures and other works by Anna Huntington, many placed in the gardens she designed. In 1984, Brookgreen was designated as a National Historic Landmark, highlighting the number of women sculptors whose work is presented in the collection, as well as the significance of the work of Anna Huntington. Today, Brookgreen has become a cultural institution unlike any other, blending sculpture, historic sites, botanical gardens, and the Lowcountry Zoo.
Since January 2017, Page Kiniry has directed operations of Brookgreen Gardens. Under her leadership, Brookgreen has completed new Strategic and Master Plans, expanded evening events including Nights of a Thousand Candles and Summer Light: Art by Night and developed new programming in all areas of the mission. Kiniry is leading the institution’s first Capital Campaign in thirty years, which was publicly announced in April 2022. Campaign projects underway or completed include the Leonard Pavilion for public events and programs, Bethea’s Heritage Farm Garden, a new Spanish Goat exhibit and barn, an endangered Red Wolf exhibit and breeding facility, and the Rosen Galleries, Brookgreen’s new changing exhibits galleries.
Prior to joining Brookgreen, Kiniry was Executive Director of the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia, where she spent eleven years enhancing the Museum’s educational mission with new exhibits and programs, eliminating its $9 million debt, and adding new amenities including a café and amphitheater. A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a master’s degree from the University of Richmond, Kiniry is a 2018 graduate of Leadership South Carolina, a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, a member of the National Garden Advisory Group and a member of the Board of Visitors of Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband Bill live in Pawleys Island with Angus, Brookgreen Garden’s Scottish Deerhound mascot.