Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

May 1, 1995 - February 28, 1996

Juror: James Surls

Curator: Terry Suhre

Juror's Statement

Art - what a challenge! What does it mean? What does it say? What is it symbolic of? What does it represent? Why should we look and listen when we are in its presence? Before I start to work on any piece of art I ask myself these questions. I want my art to have meaning; to say something; to be symbolic and represent something of me. My art is a slice of my being. It is about what I refer to as "human phenomenon." I assume that what is important and profound to me, also has meaning and importance to others. Within the art lies the answers. Art will not lie, it will only tell you the truth.
James Surls

About the Juror

James Surls, is a nationally known artist who has been creating sculptural works from wood for nearly two decades. Surls began his work in wood, creating large animalistic sculptures carved by chain saw from tree trunks and embellished with other natural materials. His early works have been compared to African and Egyptian art and prehistoric Indian pictographs.

The artist was raised on a farm in East Texas and grew up learning how to use his father's carpentry tools - the axes and hand saws that were to later become his tools as a sculptor. He earned a bachelor's degree in art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a master of fine arts degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Mr. Surls taught sculpture at the University of Houston from 1976 to 1982. He received his first public commission in 1977 for a public building in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The sculpture Seaflower was referred to as a "frightened caterpillar" and "crippled sea urchin" in unfavorable public commentary. But the piece caught the eye of Newsweek magazine, which hailed it for "challenging the prevailing architecture with its natural wood." In a 1987 review in ARTnews, Surls' one man show at the Allen Frumkin Gallery in New York City was praised for providing "one of those much needed intrusions on New York insularity." The Dallas Museum of Art organized a one-man exhibition of Surls' work in 1987. His sculpture also is in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Credits / Acknowledgements

On behalf of An Appalachian Summer, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Catherine Smith Gallery I want to express our gratitude to all of the artists who participated in this year's competition and congratulate those selected for the exhibition. We appreciate their efforts in making these works available to our community during the upcoming year. I wish to offer our sincerest thanks to our juror, James Surls, for accepting the difficult challenge of adjudicating this year's competition and commend him for selecting these outstanding works.

A generous annual gift from Martin and Doris Rosen makes the sculpture competition possible. Mr. and Mrs. Rosen continue to be a major force contributing to the cultural climate of the University and Northwest North Carolina. We are most grateful for their support and wish to extend our deepest appreciation.

On view year round, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is recognized as a dynamic component of the visual arts not only for Appalachian State University but throughout the Southeast.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues in the Office of Cultural Affairs; Perry Mixter, Director; Gil Morgenstern, Artistic Director for An Appalachian Summer; Sali Gill-Johnson, General Manger; Sara Heustess, Box Office Manager for Farthing Auditorium; Greg Williams, Technical Director for Farthing Auditorium; Jim Sigmon, Assistant Technical Director for Farthing Auditorium; Denise Weissberg, Director of Marketing and Public Relations; Elizabeth Loflin, Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations; and Sandra Black, Fiscal Officer. I also wish to acknowledge the support of Dr. Jim Hutchens, Chair of the Department of Art; Dr. Clyde Robbins, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Physical Plant Operations; Larry Bordeaux, Director of Facility Support Services; Douglas Canipe, Plant Maintenance Supervisor; Jim Bryan Grounds Supervisor; Evan Row, Safety Officer; and Glen Phiffer, Professor of Art. I greatly appreciate their advice and encouragement.

My thanks to those whose skills and talents made this publication possible, including Ed Midgett for providing yet another excellent design for this exhibition catalogue, and Hank T. Foreman, for his many contributions in the realization of this program. I am grateful to the summer gallery interns, Allison Lyons, Rebecca Copeland, Ashley Long, Stacey Halsey, and Trina McGlamery for their hard work and valuable assistance in the installation of these works on our campus.

To all of the above I extend my sincerest gratitude.

Terry Suhre

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

Self Kore

Self Kore
Bronze, Clay, and Marble

Mary Seyfarth

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)
Rosen Award 1st Place

Award Winner
Bridge Bed

Bridge Bed
Steel, Crushed Charcoal, Brick, and Wood

Jennifer Hecker

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Endless Spur

Endless Spur
Wood

Zdeno Mayercak

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Floating Carpet

Floating Carpet
Aluminum and Wood

Maryrose Carroll

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Framework

Framework
Wood

Charlie Brouwer

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Planting and Plowing in Bosnia

Planting and Plowing in Bosnia
Steel and Corn

Jim Buonaccorsi

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Seeds of Memory

Seeds of Memory
Cast Concrete

Ava Blitz

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Untitled

Untitled
Lead

Stephen Montague

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Untitled

Untitled
Poly Resin, Cloth, and Gut

Marcia Kaplan

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

View

View
Bronze and Steel

Michael Warrick

9th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1995-1996)

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

Legend: Award Winner- Award Winner