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

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

May 1, 2003 - February 29, 2004

Juror: Glen Gentele

Curator: Hank T. Foreman

Juror's Statement

The creative process in sculpture is ancient, spanning many centuries, and has become imbedded in our psyche as quietly as the genetics that are the blueprints of people. Sculpture has evolved into a multiplicity of approaches and interpretations, touching areas of performance, light, sound, object-based work, installations, film and video. The work presented here forms a comparative analysis of object-based sculpture produced by artists at various points in their careers and working from very different perspectives and places around the nation. Faced with the plight of finding support for their work and identifying places to exhibit, sculptors participate in the Rosen Sculpture Competition because it is high quality and brings forth opportunities for artists working in the realm of large-scale outdoor sculpture. The nature of this art form is that it is not easily moved and installed - nor is it inexpensive to produce. The commitment made by artists to the practice of sculpture is life-long and admirable and each artist is distinguished by their pursuit of excellence and investigations into the field.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is an extraordinary program and a feather in the cap of Appalachian State University. The program vision brings artists, art world professionals, scholars, and critics to Boone, North Carolina, and serves as a conduit between the community, the university campus, and artists from around the nation. Many thanks to Hank T. Foreman, Director, and Brook Greene, Assistant Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, for their invitation to serve as juror and for their gracious hospitality and wit. Special thanks goes to the many artists who submitted proposals for this exhibition.
Glen Gentele

Curator's Statement

The Spring of 2003 saw great changes for the visual arts and the cultural landscape of Appalachian State University. Building upon the foundation of high quality visual arts programming like the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition, the university celebrated the opening of the first portion of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and its beautiful Martin and Doris Rosen Galleries. To celebrate the milestone, this year's Rosen Outdoor Sculpture program celebrated with increased national coverage for the winning artists and increased prize money.

Traditionally, each of the ten artists in the exhibition are awarded an honorarium for their participation, and the juror selects the winner of the Rosen Award. This year saw the continuation of the honorarium, an increase in the Rosen Award, and the addition of a second and third cash award. The funds to support this exciting year of celebration were provided by longtime patrons Martin and Doris Rosen. Over the years, the Rosens have ensured that Appalachian State University is home to artistic achievement of national merit. With the lush greenness of spring's arrival, comes a new season of public sculpture. Each year the campus comes alive with the diverse concepts, materials, and methods of contemporary sculpture.

As we spend each day living among these works, it is easy to take such a program for granted. Walking to our daily destinations we glance over the landscape and take in these works. Maybe we notice something new, see someone interacting with a sculpture, or even question the juror's selection. Next year will mark the eighteenth year for the sculpture program, and it is not unusual to become accustomed to what we have always known. However, when visitors come to campus, or educational specialists are on campus to evaluate the university, the profusion of public art is one of the first aspects of campus mentioned. It is a rare thing to get to live among such art ... whether we are stimulated, amused, or confused.

Another gauge of the value of such a public arts program is the fact that almost every year some community, arts organization, or university contacts us for guidance on how they can establish a similar program. There are few art programs of this nature that have enjoyed such longevity, artistic excellence, and diversity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rosens for their continued support of the visual arts, and public sculpture. I congratulate them and the university for the vision of including major works of art on campus, and for providing the opportunity we have to live with such creative, well crafted, and challenging works of art.
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.

Credits / Acknowledgements

On behalf of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, I wish to thank all of the artists participating in this year's competition and congratulate those chosen for the exhibition. Each year the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Martin and Doris Rosen. The Rosen's are tireless supporters of the arts, and over the years, have given so much of themselves to ensure that the arts became a more integral part of our community. Their excitement and dedication serves as both inspiration and role model. I would like to thank our juror, Glen Gentele, for his dedication, humor and professionalism during the completion of his difficult tasks. We wish to thank our colleagues in the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Art Department. Special thanks to our designer - Ed Midgett, photographer - Troy Tuttle, Assistant Curator - Brook Greene, the folks at Boone Crane, Sonny Struss for all of his assistance during installations Gallery Assistant: Tasha Bilodeau, and our gallery interns Katy Medley and Segolene Grison for their tireless energy. A heartfelt thanks to Jim Bryan - Grounds Superintendent, Evan Rowe and Beth Clark - Safety Officers and the entire Grounds Department of the Appalachian State University Physical Plant for their cooperation and expertise and for making our campus a beautiful venue for outdoor sculpture.

Hank T. Foreman

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

O

O
Concrete and Steel

John Hooker

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)
Rosen Award 1st Place

Award Winner
Prey

Prey
Steel and Aqua Resin

Wendy Klemperer

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)
Rosen Award 2nd Place

Award WinnerOn Display NowRosen Sculpture Loan Program
Booth

Booth
Aluminum and Glass

Brian Gustafson

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)
Rosen Award 3rd Place

Award Winner
AHHHHHH #2

AHHHHHH #2
Vitrified Ceramics

John Costanza

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Hub

Hub
Steel, Cast Iron, Bronze, and Stone

Harold "Skip" Van Houten

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

The Kiss (Adam and Eve Series)

The Kiss (Adam and Eve Series)
Oak and Steel

Fred Nagelbach

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Listening Post: They Should Have Heard Us Coming

Listening Post: They Should Have Heard Us Coming
Wood, Galvanized Metal, Rope, and Tubing

Dean Langworthy

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Remnant

Remnant
Mixed Granites and Marble

Shawn Morin

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Repose

Repose
Georgia Marble

Horace Farlowe

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Sitting inn Suspension

Sitting inn Suspension
Steel, Wood, and Cast Iron

Durant Thompson

17th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2003-2004)

Exhibits 1 - 10 of 10

Legend: Award Winner- Award Winner On Display Now- On Display Now Rosen Sculpture Loan Program- Rosen Sculpture Loan Program