WELCOME

Welcome to the Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden! The home and studio provides a tranquil environment for you to enjoy beautiful examples of Chuck's figurative sculpture. Guided by his wife, Arlyn, you will experience the sculptor's home as he knew it. The former dining room and Peace Gallery display uplifting sculptures, and the West Gallery overlooks the Enlargement Studio. On the lower level, you will see the progression of Gagnon's sculpture through the Legacy Display and East Gallery. From April 15 through October 15, you are also encouraged to walk through our Sculpture Garden. The museum welcomes all to heal and experience art through sculpture. 

Tours are available BY ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY. Click on the link to schedule your visit today!

SNEAK PEAK

Front gate plaque

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Sculpture Garden

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Chuck creating Flying Hawk sculpture

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What to Expect on the Tour

  • Tour reservations are to be made in advance.

  • Admission is non-refundable 24 hours before your tour.

  •  Please no children under the age of 10.

  • The museum doors open 15 minutes prior to the tour.

  • Tours will be approximately an hour and a half in length.

Art Reference Library Policy

Access

Access to the library is free and open to the public by appointment. All materials must be used in the library. Food and beverages are not permitted within the library.

Collection

The library collection consists primarily of monographs on artists, concentrating on sculptors. There is a large selection of auction house catalogs, and notebooks of materials collected by Charles E. Gagnon.

Copying/Scanning

Items in the library collection may be copied, scanned, or photographed with permission of museum staff. Copier/scanner is available.

Gentle Reminders

  •  The Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden is a smoke-free environment.  

  • Cellular phones and other electronic devices must be turned off during the tour.

  • Photography without flash is permitted in the galleries and sculpture garden.

  • No food or beverages are allowed in the museum or on the grounds.   

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations within 24 hours will be non-refundable.  

  • If you need to cancel in the 24 hours prior to tour, please email us to reschedule a tour.

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Nature

3/20/21 - 5/20/21

Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk will be hosted on March 20th at 1 - 3 PM. Tickets are available to attend.

Open for Scheduled Tours

 

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Sculpture Garden is included with tours from April 15th through October 15th. Closed on all major holidays.

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Nature

Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk will be hosted on March 20th at 1 - 3 PM. Free reservations are available to attend.
3/20/21 - 5/20/21

1960's

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At the start of his career, Dr. and Mrs. Rome offered Chuck their carriage house to use as his first studio. He worked mainly with figurative sculpture, focusing on the poise and grace of dancers. Sculptures such as Dancer Stretching and Dancer at Rest emphasize how dancers carry their bodies. Chuck hosted his first showing of these figurative sculptures in Dr. and Mrs. Hill’s yard. The concentration and use of simple bases can be seen in the sculptures found on the Italian crates made during the Gagnons’ time in Tuscany after he married Arlyn in 1964. Later, in the 1960’s, Chuck completed a commission to create Saint Francis and the Birds, which expanded his work to incorporate doves. The sculpture captures the relationship between humans and the natural world that Saint Francis characterized as a patron saint of nature.

VISION

Be a place that uplifts the human spirit through experiencing Gagnon's figurative, or "realistic," bronze sculptures.

1970's

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As his career advanced, Chuck received a commission to create a sculpture in gratitude for an exceptional education at Kenyon College. The Renaissance Man and Woman were to inspire future graduates to enlighten themselves in scholarship and equality, and it was installed in 1973. The latter part of this decade began Chuck's work on commissioned portraits for personal and public display. Both the Mrs. M and Young Boy sculptures were commissioned for individual collections. Mayo Clinic commissioned a bust of Conrad N. Hilton for placement in the lobby of the Hilton Building upon its completion. The one hundred and twenty-seven distributors of Anderson Windows commissioned a bust of the business founder, Fred C. Andersen, for corporate headquarters in Bayport, Minnesota. While working on his sculpture, Chuck was acknowledged in the Documentary of International Biography, Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in America.

VISION

Be a place that uplifts the human spirit through experiencing Gagnon's figurative, or "realistic," bronze sculptures.

1980's

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The 1980's ushered in the rhythm of roots in Chuck's sculpture. As seen in Metamorphosis, Chuck drew roots  onto the bronze to show life reaching upwards to expand. Similarly, he used the movement of roots to show the growth of life in the Celebration/Emergence of Life. Chuck was awarded the Rochester Mayor’s Gold Medal of Honor for Artistic and Cultural Achievement and was honored by having his sculpture in the Vatican Art Collection in Rome. At the end of this decade, Chuck received a commission from the city of Rochester to enlarge his Peace Fountain into a focal point of downtown. The Peace Fountain was unveiled in the Peace Plaza in 1989 during Rochesterfest.

VISION

Be a place that uplifts the human spirit through experiencing Gagnon's figurative, or "realistic," bronze sculptures.

1990's

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Following his iconic work on the Peace Fountain, Chuck continued to use doves to create the uplifting tones of his pieces. In the Spirit of Peace, a figure releases doves upward with an exhilarated expression on her face. A family from Texas commissioned Chuck to create the Guardian Angel as a family legacy. As in many religious scriptures, Chuck used the angel he created to symbolize protection from malicious forces. In Smokescreen, a dove float upon an plume of smoke and signifies light beyond the darkness. The 1990's also brought mention of the Peace Fountain in the United Nations Educational Science and Cultural Organization’s UNESCO Courier, and a publication in Bonn, Germany, printed the fountain on its cover piece. Chuck was also honored by the Smithsonian Institution and Garden Club of America.

VISION

Be a place that uplifts the human spirit through experiencing Gagnon's figurative, or "realistic," bronze sculptures.

2000's

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At the end of his career, Chuck received a commission to create an enlarged Peace Fountain for a German company’s international headquarters. The fountain purpose was to inspire peace in future generations across the globe. Years of concerts and performances and inspired Chuck’s personal project, the String Quartet. In it, he strove to capture the unforgettable experience of watching musicians play classical "water" music. Chuck’s final commission was for the Flying Hawk. The hawk embodies the spirit of flight as the sculpture soars toward the sky. The Flying Hawk was installed on St. John Island of the US Virgin Islands. Today, Chuck’s sculptures remain a part of private and public collections across the United States and worldwide.

VISION

Be a place that uplifts the human spirit through experiencing Gagnon's figurative, or "realistic," bronze sculptures.

PURPOSE

Preserve Gagnon's art by sharing it with others internationally and promoting the spread of world peace.

MISSION

Provide educational and artistic programming about Charles E. Gagnon's peaceful, healing bronze sculptures in the environment where they were created.

This museum values being a place of…

PEACE

Nurturing personal tranquility and mutual harmony among people.

HOPE

Expecting things will turn out for the best.

INSPIRATION

Stimulating creativity or personal growth.

BEAUTY

Delighting and pleasing to the senses.

ADMISSION AND HOURS

Visitors (Ages 10+) $15 

Open for Scheduled Tours 

Wednesday - Sunday 

10 - 11:30 AM and 2 - 3:30 PM

Sculpture Garden is open May through October 

Closed on major holidays 

WHAT TO EXPECT

​Museum doors open to welcome guests 15 minutes prior to the start of guided tours. The home of Charles E. Gagnon holds stories of his life and sculpture shared by your guide, Gagnon's wife. We also encourage visitors to explore our sculpture garden, which is open from May through October.

GENTLE REMINDERS

During the tour, we encourage the use of no-flash photography and the silencing of electronic devices. We are a smoke-free facility, and no food or drink is allowed on museum property.