Interactive map of campus sculptures aims to teach Vanderbilt community about history of its art

More than 80 sculptures from artists around the world adorn Vanderbilts campus. With some nestled along sidewalks and green spaces, and others tucked in building atriums and inside spaces, its hard to turn a corner without coming across notable pieces that call Vanderbilt home.

Many in the Vanderbilt community, though, might not know much about what theyre seeing. So leaders from the Office of the Vice Provost for Arts and Libraries teamalong with representatives from other parts of campustook on the task of better telling the story of Vanderbilts artistic landscape.

This month, part of their efforts debuts: an interactive map showing the locations of sculptures around campus and offering accompanying information about each piece so the Vanderbilt community can learn the backstory of the artwork.

A lot of staff and students walk by sculptures on campus every day, and they might not realize the significance of them, said Claire Campbell, program coordinator in the Office of the Vice Provost for Arts and Libraries. There are a lot of different purposes for public art, and we hope these updated resources spark new interest in learning more about the sculptures and their
purpose on Vanderbilts campus.

The projects team included Jonathan Herrin, a GIS analyst at Vanderbilt, and Stacy CurryJohnson, a librarian for geospatial data and systems. While art on Vanderbilts campus has been mapped before, new material in the interactive map will offer a more indepth view into the history of the campus artistic core.

Students are also involved in the project. A small team of students with an interest in art are training to lead sculpture tours around campus for those who want to learn more about the artwork in person, Campbell said. The tours will be open to the Vanderbilt community and the public starting April 11, 2023.

The map launched this month and is available at

To sign up for an inperson sculpture tour with a Vanderbilt student guide, fill out this form.