History of Sculpture Key West

Ans Hey "Architectual Love"

SKW Founder Jim Racchi
with his sculpture Joe's Gorilla, 2001

Sculpture Key West is an annual exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture located in Key West, Florida.  The mission of Sculpture Key West is to be an important, internationally recognized platform for contemporary sculpture while educating and inspiring the community of the Florida Keys and its visitors.


In 1995, local sculptor Jim Racchi called on a handful of local sculptors to install their work on the seawall, facing the sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The next year, as more artists wanted to join the informal exhibit, Racchi sent out postcards inviting members of the public to view the work.  He called the show "Art in the Park." Operating on a shoestring budget with local support and a lot of hard work, the exhibition gradually grew and expanded into a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2002 and officially changed the name to Sculpture Key West in 2005.

Over the years, the exhibition has grown to a nationally recognized exhibition, showcasing international and world-class artists. Articles and reviews of the exhibition have appeared in such notable publications as Sculpture, Art in America, Art News, The Miami Herald, The Miami Art Guide, Delta Sky (the in-flight magazine for Delta Airlines), and more.

Participating artists have included Robert Chambers, Karlis Rekevics, Monika Goetz, Robert Hickman, Luisa Caldwell, Ralph Provisero, Gerhard Fousek, Eliza Proctor, John Petrie, Lori Nozick, Ron Fondaw, Joe Wheaton, Susan Rodgers, John Martini and many more. Jurors include Shamim Momin (2009) co-curator of the 2008 Whitney Biennial; Mary Ceruti (2008), Director of the SculptureCenter in New York; and Glen Gentele (2007), Director of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis MO.