October 1, 2017 – March 25, 2018 Opening: October 1, 2017 (3 – 6pm)




*The Socrates Annual has been extended! Join us for the closing celebration on March 25th from 3-5PM featuring artist fellow video screenings and performance pieces.
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A failed Presidential amusement park, 18th century Chippendale and Queen Anne design motifs, mobile home landscape and architecture, and New York City’s urban soccer leagues are among the points of departure for the 15 distinct artist projects selected for The Socrates Annual, opening at Socrates Sculpture Park on October 1st and running through March 11, 2018 March 25, 2018. Participating artists, whose diverse range of medium include mosaic, cast concrete, glass, and painting, were selected by Socrates Director of Exhibitions, Jess Wilcox, and the Park’s 2017 Curatorial Advisors: Eugenie Tsai, the Barbara and John Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum & Melissa Levin, former Vice President, Cultural Programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


The Socrates Annual – formerly known as The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition – is an annual exhibition of new public art that addresses the most urgent issues of today. It is distinct in its mission to foster individual artist projects rather than present an overarching theme. The 2017 participating artists join the ranks of over 250 artists who have received artist fellowships for producing work at Socrates since the Park’s inaugural artist grant in 1995.

Artist fellowships at Socrates Sculpture Park present a singular opportunity to create ambitiously scaled outdoor works by offering studio and fabrication facilities on site; past fellows include Hank Willis Thomas (2006), Wade Guyton (2003), Orly Genger (2004), and Sanford Biggers (2001).

Learn more about Socrates’ exhibitions and our artist fellowship program>>


The Socrates Annual is made possible, in part, with funding from the Jerome Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s major exhibition and operating support is generously provided by grants and contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies; Charina Endowment Fund; Cowles Charitable Trust; Mark di Suvero; the Sidney E. Frank Foundation; Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation; Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; Ronay and Richard Menschel; Ivana Mestrovic; Plant Specialists; the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation; the Thomas W. Smith Foundation; and contributions from our Board of Directors. Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; as well as contributions from many generous individuals.