Hopewell Valley Stampede

Welcome to the official home of the Hopewell Valley Stampede!

The Hopewell Valley Stampede is the first initiative by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, Hopewell’s growing art organization. In this large-scale, Valley-wide  public art exhibit, more than 75 area artists turned 69 life-sized fiberglass ox sculptures into original art, drawing upon the unifying image of the ox as a symbol of this historically agricultural region. After their transformations, oxen “roamed” throughout the Valley until they were auctioned off to support the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, celebrating art in the everyday.

  • The final 11 oxen were auctioned off at The Year of the Ox Gala

 2014 was the “Year of the Ox” in Hopewell Valley

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, or otherwise supported our Gala the Year of the Ox fundraiser. We were thrilled with the engagement of our guests with the artists, chefs, oxen, and dancers! The spirit and sense of community at The Year of the Ox was heartwarming, and it was truly a night to remember!

The proceeds from the online and live auctions of Stampede oxen have raised over $100,000 to launch the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, and our mission of supporting and celebrating art in the everyday. We are greatly indebted to our artists and sponsors for believing in this initiative and partnering with us to bring The Stampede to fruition, and the arts into greater focus in our community. We look forward to further partnerships, creativity and fun!