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

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

April 23, 2011 - February 29, 2012

Juror: Mel Chin

Curator: Hank T. Foreman

Assistant Curator: Brook Bower

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-12) Site Map (PDF 2.8M)

25th Rosen Sculpture Walk
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 10:00am
Works by the selected finalists are situated in outdoor, public spaces on the Appalachian campus. The popular Sculpture Walk offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, through the eyes of the juror. The winner of the 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be announced at the reception to be held at the conclusion of the walk.
The Sculpture walk will begin at Catherine Smith Gallery located within Farthing Auditorium.

As An Appalachian Summer Festival season celebrates its 27th season, the 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition has once again proven to be an invigorating part of the festival. As the definitions of sculpture, media, form, function, material, technique, audience and artist change, so must a dynamic program. This year was no exception. Not only did new sculptures arrive on our picturesque campus, but we also continue the long-standing programmatic accompaniments.

Programs that continue each year are the Martin and Doris Rosen Award, the residency program, the ever-popular Rosen Walk with the juror as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the catalog and the Rosen website that contains the 25-year history of the competition and exhibition.

The 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition continues to recognize the importance of interaction by providing a unique opportunity to intermingle with Appalachian students, faculty, staff and community. This program also allows the artists to connect with each other to create a dialogue and network for future endeavors. The most rewarding part of this program is the partnerships and relationships that are shaped through collaboration. The Rosens' history of establishing strong working relationships continue to grow each year as we incorporate students into this creative environment by utilizing their individual talents to compliment the wide range of facets included in the program.

It is with my sincere anticipation that you will find this program useful, not only in an aesthetic sense, but also as a tool to question your surroundings and better understand how the arts can become an integral part of our daily lives.

Brook Bower
Assistant Curator & Rosen Project Director

About the Juror

Mel Chin was born in Houston to Chinese parents in 1951. He worked in his family's grocery store and began making art at an early age. Chin's art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. Alchemy, botany and ecology are but a few of the disciplines that intersect in his work. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.

Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. "The survival of my own ideas may not be as important as a condition I might create for others' ideas to be realized,” says Chin, who often enlists entire neighborhoods or groups of students in creative partnerships.

In KNOWMAD, Chin worked with software engineers to create a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic peoples facing persecution. Chin also promotes "works of art" that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science or rejuvenating the economies of inner-city neighborhoods. In Revival Field, Chin worked with scientists to create sculpted gardens of hyperaccumulators—plants that can draw heavy metals from contaminated areas—in some of the most polluted sites in the world.

Chin received a bachelor of arts degree from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1975, and has received several awards and grants including CalArts Alpert Award in the Visual Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Creative Capital Grant, and the Nancy Graves Foundation Award, among others. He lives and works in North Carolina.



For more information, visit http://www.melchin.org.

Curator's Statement

Each year the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition brings contemporary works of art to our campus and community. The installed works provide an overview of what sculptors are creating across the country and we are pleased to share with you this year's works selected by internationally recognized juror Mel Chin. Thanks go to donors of An Appalachian Summer Festival and special thanks to our founding donors Doris and Martin Rosen. Over the next year, we invite you to explore, examine, become engaged, enjoy these sculptures and make them a part of your day!

Hank T. Foreman
Director & Chief Curator
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

About the Curator

Hank Foreman serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for Appalachian State University. He obtained his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian, having completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a concentration in Painting and Sculpture. His duties include the administrative responsibilities for An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Performing Arts Series, Farthing Auditorium and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

During his tenure at Appalachian State, Foreman has taken part in the organization of numerous exhibitions, including the associated lectures, symposia, and publications. He has worked closely with the university's Department of Art, and a wide variety of other campus and community groups, to make gallery resources available to all. One of his earliest exhibitions at Appalachian, Views From Ground Level: Art and Ecology in the Late Nineties, brought internationally acclaimed artists, historians, and critics to the campus and received national attention.

Foreman is also an exhibiting studio artist, and participates in regional and national conferences as a presenter and panelist.

About the Assistant Curator

Brook Bower serves as the assistant curator and administrator for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and its staff. She received a BS in Art Management and a BFA in Ceramics from Appalachian State University’s Department of Art in 2001. Bower’s professional activities include curating exhibitions, lecturing, consulting for competition management, serving as a juror for local competitions, mentoring future art management students and managing several national art competitions including the Rosen Sculpture Competition, the Halpert Biennial and the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. Bower also serves as the Acting Registrar, providing collections management support for the Turchin Center’s Permanent Collection containing 1,481+ objects and managing the Intra-Campus Loan Program.

Following her undergraduate degrees, she has concentrated on furthering her education by attending conferences, courses and workshops expanding her knowledge of curatorship, exhibition design, and collections management. Bower recently participated in the 2011 SEMC Jekyll Island Management Institute and is currently seeking a Master of Visual Arts Administration, with a focus in curatorial studies, at New York University in New York City. She serves on multiple committees that concentrate on community enhancement utilizing the visual arts and serves as the faculty advisor for the Arts Management Organization (AMO). In addition, Bower is an active exhibiting artist.

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

Surprise

Surprise
Steel, iron and paint

Adam Walls

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)
Rosen Award 1st Place

Award Winner
AMUK

AMUK
Cast concrete

Ira Hill

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

The Burning

The Burning
Carved limestone on granite base

Paris Alexander

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Flower

Flower
Welded and bolted steel and, aluminum and wood

Loren Costantini

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Fork, Knife, Spoon and Sun

Fork, Knife, Spoon and Sun
Metal forks, knives, and spoons, paint on aluminum pole

Andrew Yff

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program
Love Hurts

Love Hurts
Stoneware and 24K gold

Aaron Lee Benson

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Martyr Dress #1

Martyr Dress #1
Lump charcoal, a bra, glue, resin and paint over metal armature

Jennifer Hecker

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Melt

Melt
Painted steel

Glenn Zweygardt

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Saoirse

Saoirse
Patinated steel with internal lighting

Mark A. Connelley

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program
Tidal Sand

Tidal Sand
Cast concrete

IlaSahai Prouty

25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2011-2012)

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

Legend: Award Winner- Award Winner Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program- Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program