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Mission Statement

DeCordova fosters the creation, exhibition, and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through our exhibitions, learning opportunities, collection, and unique park setting. We engage all visitors with exhibitions and programs that connect our audiences to contemporary art and culture.

DeCordova is a member-supported, 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which receives funding support from federal and state cultural agencies, private and corporate foundations, and individuals.

About deCordova

Established in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, 20 miles northwest of Boston. In 2009, deCordova changed its name from deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum to emphasize its renewed focus on sculpture and to support the institution’s goal of becoming a premier Sculpture Park by 2020. Providing a constantly changing landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture and site-specific installations, the Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works, the majority of which are on loan to the Museum. Inside, the Museum features a robust slate of rotating exhibitions and innovative interpretive programming.

In March of 2010, deCordova acquired its first work by an international sculptor and continues to bolster the curatorial program by exhibiting high-quality, accessible art of nationally and internationally recognized artists indoors and out. To maintain its commitment to New England artists and emphasize the quality and vitality of the art created in this region, deCordova launched the deCordova Biennial in 2010 and the PLATFORM series in 2009. 

Patrons of deCordova can enjoy year round activities in the Sculpture Park and Museum, including snowshoe tours, yoga in the park, birding tours, curator and artist conversations, and many special talks, screenings, and events. Unique to deCordova, the Corporate Program provides area businesses the opportunity to support the institution and regional artists through membership initiatives and Art Loan options. DeCordova is also home to the only preschool embedded in a contemporary art museum in the United States.

deCordova in Transition

Former Executive Director Dennis Kois departed deCordova in May 2014, after six years at the institution. Kois and his family returned to Wisconsin, where both he and his wife grew up, in order to allow his children to be closer to his family. Kois is currently President and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Interim Executive Director Katy Kline arrived at deCordova in May 2014, after serving as Interim Director at the Williams College Museum of Art, Director at MIT List Visual Art Center, Associate Director for Smith College’s Summer Institute of Art Museum Studies, and Director at Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

DeCordova's Executive Director Search Committee has selected Phillips Oppenheim to lead the search for deCordova's next Director, likely appointed by January 2015. Kois notes: “I have every confidence that deCordova is on the right track to achieving its ambitious goals.” Kline notes: "The institution is in such great shape that its momentum will continue without missing a beat during this transition."