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


30th Anniversary Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2016-2017)

2016-2017 Calendar

Jan. 4, 2016 Online Registration System Opens
Feb. 18, 2016 (6:00pm EST) Deadline for Entries
Mar. 15, 2016 Notifications Emailed
May 23 - 27, 2016 Installation Dates
May 2016 - Apr. 2017 Exhibition Dates
Jul. 23, 2016 (10:00am) Rosen Walk with Juror and Reception
Apr. 2017 De-installation

Awards and Honoraria

Ten finalists will be selected to install their artwork on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. All finalists, whose works are installed, will receive a $1,200 honorarium to offset transportation and incidental expenses. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Rosen Sculpture Competition will provide the cost of installation and lodging during installations and de-installations. The 30th Anniversary Rosen will feature three cash prizes and all winners will be designated the Martin & Doris Rosen 30th Anniversary Award Winners. The top three artists will receive cash prizes in the amounts of $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place and $1,000 for Third Place. Awards and Honoraria total $18,000. The Rosen Sculpture Competition offers a sales program, brochure, promotion as a featured exhibition, and permanent archives on the competition’s website located at:

Juror's Information

A Mississippi native, Willie Ray Parish attended the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship, graduating in 1970 with a BFA in sculpture. He earned an MFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1978, returning to Mississippi to direct the Education Department and the New South Film Center at the Mississippi Museum of Art. In 1981, he joined the art faculty at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He moved to the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984 where he ran the sculpture program and twice served as the Art Department Chair. In May 2013, he retired from teaching after a 32-year university career and received the status of Professor Emeritus.

Parish’s works are featured in numerous public and private collections including the El Paso Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art, Washington D.C.’s Newseum, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and Earthship Biotecture in Taos. He is founder and Director of the Border Art Residency and, with his wife, artist Becky Hendrick, hosted the program on their property in La Union, New Mexico from 2000 to 2015. The couple divides their time between Tucson, Arizona, and Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.

Exhibition Guidelines

  1. The 30th Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is open to artists currently residing in the USA who are 18 years of age or older. Ten completed works will be chosen for installation on Appalachian’s campus and will be exhibited from May 2016 until April 2017. Works entered must have been completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at Appalachian State University. All artists are invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition!
  2. There is no entry fee for the 30th Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Sculptures must be completed and ready for installation when submitted. Sculptors may enter a maximum of three completed works (the artist may submit two views of three works for a total of six images). Images of works in progress or models are not eligible for consideration. The competition may choose to exhibit more than one work from an artist, with no additional honorarium available. The artist reserves the right to decline this request.
  3. The selected works are to be exhibited on the campus of Appalachian State University from late May 2016 until April 2017. Sculptures are loaned for the time specified above and will not be returned until the exhibition period is completed.
  4. Work will be suitable for outdoor installation and must:

    1. be structurally secured to concrete pad or plaza with anchor bolts or similar devices;
    2. be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including high winds, below zero temperatures, heavy rain, snow, ice, and storms, etc…;
    3. be able to withstand a high traffic, student environment;
    4. be able to take into consideration the safety of the audience; and
    5. be relatively maintenance free during the exhibition period.

    Works not following the exact criteria listed above will not be considered for installation on the Appalachian State University campus.

  5. Sculptors will be responsible for the delivery of the works to Boone, North Carolina, between May 23 – 27, 2016. Sculptors will be responsible for the removal of all sculptures during April 2017 – exact dates to be determined. >Artists unable to meet the scheduled installation/de-installation requirements are not eligible for participation and honorarium will be forfeited.>
  6. This year’s juror, Willie Ray Parish, will announce the winner of the Martin & Doris Rosen 30th Anniversary Award Winners on Saturday, July 23, 2016 during the Rosen Walk as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival. The juror will review all the works on-site before making the final selection.
  7. The Rosen Sculpture Competition reserves the right to photograph any submitted work for publicity, promotion and archive purposes.
  8. Sales are encouraged as the program has a history of sales to private and corporate collections. All sales are subject to 40% gallery commission.
  9. Notice of Liability: All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, and storing of materials submitted for this competition. Appalachian State University and the Rosen Sculpture Competition will provide insurance for the borrowed object(s) for the duration of the object’s stay on Appalachian’s campus, provided that the sculpture meets all requirements stated in section four (4) above and that sculptor has completed all appropriate paperwork supplied by competition staff. Insurance will not cover damage to the artwork due to poor construction or craftsmanship while creating work or during shipping. Insurance will not cover any materials used in the fabrication of a sculpture that is intended for deterioration or non-traditional material not intended for exterior use. A certificate of insurance will be provided upon request only.
  10. Participation in the entry process constitutes a full understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth above.

Entry Procedures

  1. Access to System Login

    • Entries will be accepted beginning January 4, 2016.
    • The Application Deadline is Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 6:00pm EST. No late entries will be accepted!!
    • In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, there is no entry fee for the 2016-2017 season.
    • Please note that the submission system is completely online and that no mailed entries will be accepted.
    • Please contact Lindsay Miller at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at (828) 262-7544 for access to the online submission system. You will be provided with a unique login and password.
  2. Submitting Information & Images

    Please access to provide information for each entry and upload your digital images. Instructions will be provided online to lead you through this process. Only .jpg files can be uploaded and staff is ready to assist with any image uploading issues as necessary.

    If there are questions or concerns, the Rosen Competition and Exhibition staff will be happy to answer questions and assist with the entry process as needed.

For additional general information or questions please contact:

Mary Anne Redding
Office phone: 828-262-7520

To access the online system please contact:

Lindsay Miller

Contact Information

30th Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition
TCVA Curator, Mary Anne Redding
Appalachian State University
PO Box 32139
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28608