Sculpture Courtyard

  • Sculpture Courtyard and Theater. Photo by Bill Timmerman, Courtesy Studio Ma, Architect.

The Christine and Ted Mollring Sculpture Courtyard provides a showcase for western sculpture and a striking venue for private events. The innovative space features contemporary architectural design and beautiful desert plantings. The stunning Ponderosa Pine Saddle Bench provides a restful spot from which to enjoy the sculpture courtyard.

A changing array of artists are featured, including renowned western artists John Coleman, Bruce R. Greene, Bob Haozous, Allan Houser, Doug Hyde, Herb Mignery and Cynthia Rigden.

Lying at the architectural center of the museum, the multi-functional space serves as an integral part of the museum’s environmentally conscious design. The sculpture courtyard’s “weeping wall” collects rainwater from the roof and 100 percent of the condensation from the museum’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. The water then travels to bioswales (recessed planters) throughout the museum campus, providing water to the desert landscaping.

Members of the public may reserve the sculpture courtyard for private or corporate functions. For larger occasions, the courtyard’s wooden barn door opens to provide guests with access to the 135-seat Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Theater/Auditorium. For more information, please visit our Private Use page.