Preschooler C. C. Zainey visits “Uncle NOMA” during weekly excursions

C. C. Zainey sits between two figures in George Segal’s Three Figures and Four Benches</em., 1979, Painted bronze, Gift of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, 98.147 (Installation by Mrs. P. Roussel Norman)

For C. C. Zainey, weekly visits to NOMA are a must. The Museum and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are a wonderland for the preschool-age visitor who finds herself gazing up at the works of art and offering imaginative interpretations of all that she beholds. Her mother Casey shared her observations.

C. C. Zainey is the museum’s biggest —and smallest—fan! She feels so happy and at home during her weekly visits that she refers to it as her “Uncle NOMA.”  She loves the “big pieces” just as much as she loves the wonderful museum staff, who welcome C.C. by name every week.

Her favorite works of art include:

The large nativity painting with the “kind cow” and angel flying in front of the big moon.

Bernardino Luini (Italian, Lombardian, 1507–1532), Adoration of the Christ Child and Annunciation to the Shepherds, Oil on wood, transferred to canvas, 69 3/4 in. x 47 in., The Samuel H. Kress Collection, 61.77

The boy in the red velvet outfit blowing bubbles.

Bartholomeus Van Der Helst,Homo Bulla: A Boy Blowing Bubbles in a Landscape, 1665, Oil on canvas

On the third floor, The wooden statue with the outstretched arms, behind glass, in the room with the huge wooden pieces. She’s convinced that “little guy wants to hug!”

Standing Male Figure, Papua New Guinea, Papuan Gulf Area, Purarui/Numau Peoples, Wood, pigment, Bequest of Victor K. Kiam, New York, 77.268

On beautiful days, C. C. enjoys catching up with her “bench buddies” (Three Figures and Four Benches by George Segal), the “alphabet man” (Plensa’s Overflow), and the “huge strong Dada” (Gaston Lachaise’s Heroic Man) in the magical Sculpture Garden. C. C. also highly recommends the chicken tenders and lemon macaroons at Cafe NOMA.

NOMA members inspire the love of art in every visitor who walks into the Great Hall or through the gates of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 

In addition to enjoying benefits like special members’ previews of exhibitions and free wellness classes surrounded by sculptures, our members enable schoolchildren to discover the Old Masters, community members to engage with world-class art and local artists, and NOMA’s curators to present innovative and provocative exhibitions year after year.