November 13, 2018                                                                                    

 Media Contacts:

Damien Lamar Robinson, 904-274-6330


Christina Parrish Stone, 904-434-0959

Funding from the Haskell Foundation expands

Friends of Hemming Park and University of North Florida

Sculpture Initiative; Student Competition Winners Announced

Three students to create large scale sculptures for Hemming Park;

 Installation scheduled for spring of 2019


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., November 13, 2018 –A donation from the Haskell Foundation will allow Friends of Hemming Park (“FOHP”) and the University of North Florida (“UNF”) to expand their Hemming Park sculpture initiative, bringing three student-created sculptures to the heart of Jacksonville in the spring of 2019.  The collaboration between FOHP and UNF originally contemplated adding a single sculpture to the Park in each of the next five years.

During the month of October, maquettes – small scale models – created by eight sculpture students from UNF were exhibited at MOCA.  Visitors to the museum had an opportunity to vote for their favorite, and selected student Jennifer Peek’s “Histor-Tree of Jacksonville” for a “People’s Choice Award.”  Students then presented their proposals to an art selection panel comprised of downtown residents, business owners and representatives of organizations including JaxParks, the JPL, MOCA Jacksonville, Friends of Hemming Park and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.   Following the presentation, the panel and students learned of the Haskell donation, which allowed the panel to select three students to receive cash prizes sufficient to cover all costs of sculpture fabrication.

The following student sculptors will work with Jennifer Hager, UNF sculpture professor, and Lance Vickery, UNF assistant professor of sculpture, to complete their sculptures during the Spring semester:

Stephen Magyar                     “Sunshine Mimosa”

Jennifer Peek                          “Histor-Tree of Jacksonville”

Olivia Warro                            “Deer”

Sculptures will be installed in Hemming Park for a period of one year. During this year, the student artists will retain ownership of their work and will receive assistance in marketing its sale.  All proceeds of any sale will be retained by the student artist.  An opening reception recognizing the student artists, funders and other supporters will be hosted by Friends of Hemming Park to celebrate the installation of the sculpture during the spring of 2019.  Additional donations for the Sculpture Initiative are welcomed, and will help to fund signage, landscaping and lighting for this important public art project.

For more information about the Hemming Park Sculpture Initiative and to learn about benefits for funders of the project, please contact Christina Parrish Stone at




About Friends of Hemming Park (FOHP)

Founded in 2013, Friends of Hemming Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to transforming Jacksonville’s oldest public park into a modern, urban gathering space that engages diverse communities and restores vitality to the heart of our city by providing year-round family-friendly programming and amenities. To learn more about the park and upcoming events, visit

About University of North Florida (UNF)

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.