Art on the Grounds

Funded in part by Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grants, a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley.

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Montalvo’s Art on the Grounds program is envisioned as a platform for artists to present art works in the context of a 175-acre public park. Montalvo is home to diverse range of native and non-native plant and tree species, and includes a redwood and live oak forest, an expansive grass lawn, and a succulent and cactus garden. Its diverse buildings encompass a Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912, outdoor and indoor theatres, and the Lucas Artists Residency Commons building and studios. Artists are encouraged to experiment with innovative models of artmaking in the public sphere and consider novel ways of engaging with Montalvo’s varied grounds and publics.

Works produced through the Art on the Grounds program range from sculptural objects to time-based performance events and experiences, durational projects developing out of community engagement activities and workshops, sound works, and interventions. Works on view are often displayed in association with exhibitions in the Project Space Gallery. During the summer, Montalvo celebrates its annual Art on the Grounds exhibition opening with an art party featuring live music, food trucks, and performances. Beginning in late 2010, Montalvo began acquiring a small number of select permanent sculpture works that now form part of its permanent collection.

Art on the Grounds is open for public viewing during Montalvo's normal park hours, Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.



  • Broken Wing
    By David Middlebrook

    Broken Wing (2004) is a bronze work that represents objects, often taken for granted, that are depended upon as part of our daily routine - like a wing ...

  • Control Tower
    By Cameron Hockenson

    Cameron Hockenson's environmental artwork is concerned with the vernacular landscape and issues of biocultural diversity. His sculptures and site-specific installations address place as an outgrowth of ...

  • Counterpoint
    By Amy Trachtenberg

    The Creekside Studio is an outdoor environment designed for communal gathering, art making and engaging with nature. This new space at Montalvo was produced by landscape architect ...

  • Edible Dress Tent
    By Robin Lasser, Adrienne Pao

    Bay Area-based artists Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao have created an edible dress tent that acts both as wearable architecture and a living sculpture. Part of a ...

  • Kenny Scharf, Fountain of Life
    By Kenny Scharf

    This blue tendril-like water fountain combines cartoon-like features with abstract biomorphic shapes that evoke living forms like plants and bodies. While LA-based artist Kenny Scharf often uses ...

  • From Within, So Without
    By Ali Naschke-Messing

    Upon arrival in the Lucas Artists Residency Program, Ali Naschke-Messing was immediately drawn to the enormous Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii) on the Great Lawn and was inspired ...

  • A Healing Walk
    By Susan O'Malley

    Examining the power of natural places to elevate and enrich human experience and health, Susan O’Malley’s A Healing Walk guides visitors through Montalvo’s forest ...

  • Owen Driggs, Mapping Biointimacy
    By Owen Driggs

    With engineering by Johnny Chen and Art OkadaDid you know that grizzly bears used to live in Montlavo’s woods? Have you ever wondered which trees are ...

  • Montalvo Tripletree Treehouse, 2014 Montalvo Tripletree Treehouse

    Over the course of a week, students set out to design and build a hideout in the trees. They employed various building techniques using specific tools to ...

  • Nest
    By Steven Siegel

    Over a three-week period beginning September 2005, Steven Siegel created this monumental sculpture, Stories of Katrina, on the front lawn by the Bunya Pine tree, and a ...

  • "O California, best beloved land"
    By Ann Weber

    California artist Ann Weber transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds and organic spires. "O California, best beloved land" was ...

    By Steven Simon

    Steven Simon’s sculpture is both a functional series of benches and a text-based intervention on the Great Lawn. Spelling out the word “Place,” Simon’s benches ...

  • Strata I
    By Julia Jacobson

    Informed by observations of natural landscapes, Jacobson’s sculptures convey artificial construction as a natural phenomenon referencing both modern industrial construction and layers of geological erosion. In ...

  • Untitled (Belvedere Temple), by Justin Lowman Untitled (Belvedere Temple)
    By Justin Lowman

    This site conditioned architectural intervention inhabits an existing structure that forms part of Montalvo’s historic property. Responding to the original purpose of the Belvedere Temple to ...

  • Untitled, 2014, by Allison Weise Untitled
    By Allison Wiese

    Using appropriated language taken from mid-20th-century pop culture, movies, and novels, Wiese’s sign-based sculpture features a rotating series of texts, including pick-up lines such as “Here ...

  • Wildcat Bridge Wildcat Bridge

    Wildcat Bridge was built over Wildcat Creek, which runs through Montalvo's property near the Lucas Artists Residency and the Creekside Studio. It was build by kids ...