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Applications open for 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Application deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 [caption id="attachment_38221" align="aligncenter" width="600"] North Charleston Arts Fest 2018, by Zan Maddox/Social Design House[/caption]


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which opens in conjunction with the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest. [caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="150"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. A $1,250 honorarium is given to all artists accepted into the show to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award:
  • Best in Show ($1000),
  • Outstanding Merit ($500),
  • and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).
The application is strictly available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Artists in need of assistance with any part of the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11-month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features 10 acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children's play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

Meet the Juror

The juror for the 2020/21 exhibition is Daniel T. Beck. Beck was first exposed to public sculpture as a child through his family's business, Tatti Conservation. He has worked with his family since 1990 on conservation projects such as the collection at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York. In 2018, Daniel was a juror for the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture competition in Boone, North Carolina. Daniel is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft near Asheville, where he has worked since 2011, facilitating blacksmithing, fabrication, foundry, and sculpture workshops. He maintains a studio practice at his shop in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, and is about to start his third year teaching incarcerated artists through the AMCI/Penland Prison Arts Partnership.

About the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

The 15th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display April 29, 2020 through March 21, 202, at North Charleston Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston). A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, from 6-8 p.m. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843.740.5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com.

Entries sought for National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

work by Jordan KrutschSculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 10th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 1-9, 2015. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. An application fee of $35 allows artists to submit up to four entries. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 25, 2015. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11-month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought-provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features 10 acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children's play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community. Jeffrey York, public and cultural arts administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, N.C., will jury this year’s exhibit. York heads the Cultural Arts Division of the Parks & Recreation Department where he oversees the Town’s Percent for Art Program. In addition, he administers the Artist-in-Residence, Community Arts, Downtown Arts, temporary gallery exhibition, and yearly outdoor sculpture exhibition programs, as well as community festivals. Formerly, York was the Director of Public Art & Community Design for the North Carolina Arts Council where he assisted communities with public art planning/implementation and cultural facility design through an annual grants program he developed. He has been an advisor to the Art-in-Transit Program of the Charlotte Area Transit System and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. Prior to his involvement with public art, Jeffrey spent 18 years as an art museum educator, curator, and director. He has been a selection committee member or juror for dozens of public art projects, gallery exhibitions, and arts festivals throughout the south. The 10th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2015, through March 25, 2016, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, May 1, 2015. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Image: 2014/15 Best in Show, Jordan Krutsch, An Ode to Architectural Form Via: North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Entries sought for National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

[gallery link="file"] Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the ninth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 2-10. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com/apply. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 25. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11-month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought-provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features 10 acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children's play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community. Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, N.C., will jury this year’s exhibit. Thomas recently served as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art for Charlotte’s Mint Museum where he led advances in the Museum’s collection. In addition, he organized residencies for Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto and FECUND, the multi-disciplinary work of John W. Love, Jr. Thomas served on the Mecklenburg County Public Art Commission for five years and was chair of that commission from 2008-10. Prior to the Mint, Thomas was the director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Thomas’ partnership with the College Writing Program in 2012 led to the release of Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art, the first interdisciplinary book on Davidson College’s permanent art collection. The 9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 1, 2014, through March 24, 2015, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on May 2. For more information, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com. Images:  The 2013 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which is on display until March 23, 2014. Via: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department