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.
Made possible by the continued generosity of the Rosen Family: The Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.
The 31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition prospectus is now available.
The online registration system opens Jan. 13, 2017. The deadline for entries is Feb. 18, 2017 (5 p.m. EST). Notifications will be emailed by Mar. 20, 2017. The exhibition dates will be May 2017 through May 2018.
30th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
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 1:11pm Sunday, January 22, 2017. Events, dates, and times are subject to change. Please return to this page for the latest information. All times are Eastern.
Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
A new component—Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition—was introduced to the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition for the 2016 season. This special project, funded by the “Challenge America” program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), added 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 was 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, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts Engagement 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.”
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