“The sculpture garden emphasizes nature and art in a space people will find appealing and attractive—a place they will want to spend time. It extends the museum setting to the outdoors for art to be appreciated and enjoyed by many and for students and faculty to learn and grow.” -Joginder Nath
The 2.5-acre garden extends the art museum to the outdoors, creating a contemplative space for interaction and conversation in the midst of native plantings and American and international sculptures.
The space is named in honor of donors, Joginder and Charlotte Nath. Joginder is a retired professor emeritus of genetics and department chair in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design Charlotte is a retired professor of family medicine.
Nath noted that art and design students, landscape architecture students and others studied the elevation, drainage and other aspects of the space for senior projects over several years to help envision what the sculpture garden might look like.
The garden currently features a piece by the late American sculptor and stained glass artist Odell Prather, "Bridge" by the contemporary Chinese artisan, He Zhenhai, and a stainless steel piece by ren owned sculptor and artist Wayne Trapp called “The Spirit of Growth 2015.” The artwork was purchased with funds donated by George and Vlera Trapp and stands on a slight rise just outside the museum’s west entrance – “much like a sentinel keeping watch over the garden,” she said.
Visitors will also notice an array of boulders throughout the acreage that were donated by WVU alumni John and Joyce Allen, who own limestone rock quarries in West Virginia.