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The Story Behind Big Stone Advancing Arts

Big Stone Advancing Arts
Artist Bruce Sillman polishing one of his many artworks.

Big Stone Advancing Arts is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation that specializes in supporting many different creative art ideas throughout the community, including the establishment and ongoing operations of the Big Stone Sculpture Gardens.

Big Stone Advancing Arts was originally established in 2012 by a group of seasoned Minnesota artists who had possession of a large collection of publicly inspired artistic creations and sculptures. Community members who were exposed to these unique displays strongly encouraged these artists to find a way to share these exceptional creations with the community at large. Thus, Big Stone Advancing Arts was born.

Artist Bruce Stillman serves as the director of Big Stone Advancing Arts and is largely responsible for the creation of many of the works at Big Stone Sculpture Gardens. Bruce started designing his first creations at the age of 16. Since then he has dedicated his life to the arts. He uses his knowledge to bring positive creative art experiences to the community.

Big Stone Advancing Arts partners with Big Stone Mini Golf, who is a large supporter of the Big Stone Sculpture Gardens project.

In addition to providing educational art programs, activities, and games at Big Stone Sculpture Gardens, Big Stone Advancing Arts has contributed sculptures for display in other communities.