This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for the university and its summer arts festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as each year's Rosen Award winner, which is announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk, a highlight of every summer festival season.
Finalists chosen for the 30th Rosen
The ten finalists for the 30th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition have been chosen. Installation dates will be May 23 - 27, 2016.
Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
This year a new component the Rosen Outdoor Program: Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is introduced. This special project, funded by the “Challenge America” program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will add an exciting new dimension to the national juried sculpture competition that has been a cornerstone of Appalachian State University's annual summer arts festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, for the past 30 years.
Guiding the process is noted local sculptor Pam Brewer. The design concept for the sculpture consists of totem poles, constructed with mosaic, a medium Brewer feels is ideal for the project. “Through the use of totems,” she explains, “we create sculptural stacked forms, telling the story of who we are as community. The process of mosaic enables diverse parts of the community to explore themselves as part of a greater whole, and to collaborate on the completion of a sculpture, much like the act of creating a mosaic is about putting together disparate parts to complete a picture.”
Hank Foreman, Director of the Turchin Center and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement notes: “We are thrilled to embark on this new venture, extending the reach of the Rosen Sculpture Program and providing community members with an opportunity to participate in the process of creating public art.”
Archived on this website is information about 28 Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competitions & Exhibitions, involving 288 exhibits by 209 artists. You may browse the list of exhibitions, the list of exhibits, the list of artists, or you may use the keyword search below. Advanced search features are also available.
The calendar information listed above is accurate as of 10:10am Friday, May 27, 2016. Events, dates, and times are subject to change. Please return to this page for the latest information. All times are Eastern.