Sarasota Season Of Sculpture Inc
5581 Axminster Dr
Sarasota FL 34241
To accessibly display and encourage quality public art in order to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors.
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
Board Chair Susan McLeod
Board Chair Affiliation Michael Saunders
General Info
Organization DBA
Sarasota Sculpture Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2016
State Registration Yes Aug 2013
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS 501c3 LetterView
Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2014:             

Season of Sculpture presented Season VII, Shared Ground: Eight Artists, Eighteen Installations, Sarasota’s biennial outdoor bay front exhibition featuring works by eight highly acclaimed artists of international, national and regional renown.  This International Invitational Exhibition of sculptures is free and open to the public 24/7 exhibited throughout Sarasota’s stunning Bayfront Park from November 16, 2013 to May 2014. 

Season VII is the seventh exhibition of monumental sculptural works that is truly unique to Sarasota and enjoys an international reputation for excellence.  It has an important impact in our community, as an average of 35,000 automobiles drive by and several hundred people walk/bike/ or run by the exhibit space each day

Season of Sculpture also produced a satellite exhibition, Shared Ground: Small Works Exhibition, at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Building on Main Street featuring small-scale works by artists represented in the outdoor sculpture exhibition in the Bayfront Park from January 7-May 30, 2014.  This Small Works Exhibition adds an exciting dimension to the understanding of the works of Bayfront exhibited artists.

Educational programs and visitor engagement represent and important component of Season VII and include the following activities:

We collaborate with area schools to conduct docent-led tours of the exhibition for over 600 K-12 students. Adult docent-led tours are available by reservation for groups, individuals, organizations and education-specific programs.

The Community Dialogue Series:  Exploring the Possibilities of Public Art is the first of an ongoing series inviting the public to join in lively conversations exploring relevant topics focused on art in the “public realm” and aesthetic issues specific to the Sarasota community.

Needs Statement

1.    Operational funding.

2.    Funding for the development and presentation of Season VIII (2015-2016)

3.    Funding for cultural, educational and outreach programs.

4.    Funding for collaborative arts and cultural activities with local and regional artists and arts organizations.

5.    Funding for publications and catalogues 

Background Statement

Sarasota Season of Sculpture is the preeminent cultural leader in the Southeast that presents free, public exhibitions of monumental sculpture. It was founded in 1999 by Jill Kaplan and artist, Bruce White, for the express purpose of biennially exhibiting monumental sculpture on Sarasota's downtown bay front. Since 1999, we have exhibited 150 sculptures by 103 artists representing 13 countries and the United States.  By virtue of their location in a spectacular natural setting, Season of Sculpture exhibitions offer a singular way to encounter art.


In April of 2013 Season of Sculpture featured a solo exhibition of globally acclaimed African American female artist, Chakaia Booker, working with recycled materials. The exhibit featured an open to the public lecture in collaboration with Ringling College of Art and Design.


As the organization grew, we added educational programs, including docent guided tours, education for school age children with a focus on disadvantaged, an annual Symposium with speakers and panel discussions featuring museum directors, noted artists, collectors, architects and cultural leaders.


Collaborative activities have included presenting programs with the Ringling College of Art and Design as well as The John

and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


Exhibited sculptures are for sale with a resultant commission to the organization.  To date, Season of Sculpture has been responsible for gifting over a million dollars of monumental sculpture to the City of Sarasota.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Lee
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
Although SoS is located in Sarasota, the organization serves the Southwest Florida regional area with plans to serve and collaborate with organizations throughout Southeastern United States.  In addition, Season of Sculpture is know internationally for not only the quality of sculpture that is brought to the area, but for the additional programs associated with our work.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

We are very appreciative of your support of Season of Sculpture.  Our achievements include the seven successfully delivered Seasons of monumental sculpture, the symposiums presented, educational outreach for students and the initiation of current and new projects i.e.; the publication of a book documenting exhibition of over 110 pieces of sculpture representing 86 artists from 15 states and 8 different countries. Our continued investment in the arts and cultural sector in Sarasota through presentation of singular exhibitions of monumental sculpture drives tourism and supports the quality of life in our community. It is for these reasons that we invite you to consider an investment in fostering the work of Season of Sculpture.



Our challenges are:

                           1.  Financial support for exhibitions

                           2.  Financial support for operations

                           3.  Branding and name recognition

                           4.  Acquiring office space and equipment


These challenges are being met with continued grant applications, fundraising activities and development of our strategic plan. The board has agreed on the revised mission, vision and goals.  We are now putting together our operating plan for year 2014 with the goal of becoming an annual exhibition.


SoS is currently an entirely volunteer run organization.   Our board of directors is passionately supportive of the arts and of sculpture in particular.  It is through the passion of our board members that the Sarasota Public Art Fund has been organized through which over a million dollars has been raised.   This money was used to purchase Unconditional Surrender by Seward Johnson and Complexus by John Henry, and subsequently gifted to the City of Sarasota.


As an organization we are extremely proud of our ability to contribute to the artistic core of the city of Sarasota in such a significant way.  Our path forward is represented in the needs section.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Not applicable.  Season of Sculpture, at this time, is a volunteer run organization.
Season VII 2013-2014
Shared Ground:  Eight Artists, Eighteen Installations
A biennial exhibition of monumental sculpture on Sarasota's Bayfront park and open to the general public. 
Budget $150,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Short Term Success
$1,000,000 of sculpture donated to City of Sarasota in past four years.
Long Term Success
Expansion from local to retional and ultimately a national outreach for current existing programs
Program Success Monitoring
Surveys taken during docent guided tours
Interviews with local and tourist population
Program Success Examples
Over 60,000 cars a day travel by exhibition
Influence on potential new residents track with real estate purchases
Park traffic and tourist response to questions
Resultant donations for purchase of sculptures ultimately
donated to city of Sarasota
Program Comments by Organization
In 2014, Season of Sculpture submitted a grant application to Bloomberg Philanthropies with the City of Sarastota and the architectural design firm of Diller, Scofilio + Renfro (New York) for a $1million public challenge grant. This grant would fund a temporary public art project in the City of Sarasota for the proposed exhibition, Bridging the Cityscape and Seascape through Art.  This was an outstanding opportunity for our City and the region.  No only would this project provide a spotlight on Sarasota as an arts and cultural destination, but also provide the City and its residents with an exciting art installation and activity along the Bayfront.  While Sarasota was not selected for this honor, we worked closely with the City to submit a compelling application.
Susan McLeod, Chair of the Season of Sculpture Board of Directors, was elected to the Board of the International Sculpture Center in New York in December.  This appointment will continue to raise awareness of the significance of Season of Sculpture as a nationally recognized exhibition of monumental sculpture in the United States. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No CEO
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborative efforts have included those with
Ringling Museum of Art
Ringling College of Art and Design
Elementary School system
Embracing our Differences
City of Sarasota 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization Currently, there is no Executive Director; however, the Board Chair actively oversees exhibition development and installation as well as organization operations.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Public Relations and Marketing plan are currently developing to include
increased Social Media, major print media branding emphasis and book publication of History of Season of Sculpture
Board Chair
Board Chair Susan McLeod
Company Affiliation Michael Saunders
Board Term June 2010 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Margaret Barnes Community Volunteer
Michael Bush Home Resource
Carol Camiener Volunteer
Susan McLeod Volunteer
Tom Savage Volunteer
Stephen Seidensticker Business Owner
Dr. Larry Thompson RCAD
Dr. John Welch Volunteer
David Wyant Esq.Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization
Season of Sculpture adopted new Bylaws, changed its name to Sarasota Sculpture Center to better reflect its ongoing role in producing exhibitions and educational events throughout the year. Policies including conflict of interest and record keeping are in place. We have strengthened our Board of Directors with more members of the community with diverse backgrounds to join in our mission.  Strategic planning is ongoing with ourtreach to public relations organization for brand definition and projection. After our planning is concluded, we will be redefining our board member criteria and adding additional board members.
Opportunities include regional, national and international outreach.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$19,895$168,481$519,890
Administration Expense$10,069$11,300$10,074
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.280.921.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%94%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$9,590$9,071$16,091
Current Assets$9,590$9,071$16,091
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,000$12,000$4,000
Total Net Assets$5,590($2,929)$12,091
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $38,483Contributions, gifts, grants $164,761Contributions, gifts, grants $532,158
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.400.764.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Sarasota Season Of Sculpture Inc
Address 5581 Axminster Dr
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 928-4445

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