All the works in The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection are located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University or the grounds of University Circle, in Cleveland Ohio, and are available for viewing by the public. Works located inside buildings may only be viewed during the hours the buildings are open to the public.
The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection is accessible by two routes. The North Campus Tour (numbers 1-19) begins in the Kelvin Smith Library and ends in Thwing Center. The South Campus Tour (numbers 20-32) includes more indoor sculptures and covers a larger area of campus. This route begins in the lobby of Baker Building and ends at the School of Dentistry. To visit the entire collection, begin with the North Campus Tour and continue with South Campus Tour.
The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection began with a gift from the Mildred Andrews Fund to commission Snow Fence by Gene Kangas. Further gifts followed, and in 1981 Mildred Andrews Putnam established a permanent endowment at the university for the acquisition of sculpture. Since 1981 more than thirty two works have been purchased or commissioned for the collection.
The goal of the Putnam Collection is to enrich the visual and educational environment of the Case Western Reserve University campus and of University Circle by developing awareness and understanding of the variety and vitality of the work of our regional artists.