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May Issue 2010

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Features Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, is presenting the 24th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, on view throughout the University's campus through Feb. 2011.

The juror for this year's competition was Jerry Jackson, deputy director of Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. The nine winners include: Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC), for Prism Arc ASU #1; Curt Brill (Tucson, AZ), for Diana 41; Jim Buonaccorsi (Watkinsville, GA), for Fuel For The Fire; Dana Gingras (Mooresville, NC), for Relic; Kyle Van Lusk (Brevard, NC), for Declan's Keystone; Harry McDaniel (Asheville, NC), for Anhinga;  Lee S. Millard (Bloomsburg, PA), for Fresh Air Freshener (Bouquet and Fruit Punch); Robert Winkler (Asheville, NC), for Roll Over; and Jeff Zischke (Scottsdale, AZ), for Canyon Series 3.  

This year's competition continues the partnership with the Downtown Boone Development Association's (DBDA) Public Art Program. The DBDA Public Art Program has joined to extend public art into the downtown area by awarding three additional artists the opportunity to place their work into the community. The Community Choice awards include: Guy Bellaver (St. Charles, IL), for Oriental; Julia Stout (Black Mountain, NC), for Circa Cinq of Sacred Geometry Series; and Robert Winkler (Asheville, NC), for Look Homeward Angles. These sculptures will be placed at sites including: Melanie's Food Fantasy Restaurant, the Watauga County Arts Council at the Jones House and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University.  

Mary Ella Baker, DBDA's public art program director, states, "I am thrilled about the DBDA Public Art Program's continued partnership with the Rosen Sculpture Program. This partnership reinforces ASU's and the Town of Boone's involvement and dedication to western North Carolina's growing arts community. The Rosen Sculpture Program is a well-established program that has proven its effectiveness through its outstanding staff, the program's popularity as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival and the talented artists who participate in the annual competition. The Public Art Program is proud to take part in this exceptional program." 

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Each year, sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are sited in outdoor, public settings across campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as that year's Rosen Award winner. Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university's annual multi-arts celebration, with the announcement of the Rosen Award winner, and the unveiling of the catalog coming during the festival's annual Sculpture Walk with this year's juror. The 24th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk is scheduled on July 24, 2010 at 10am. 

An Appalachian Summer Festival is a multi- and inter-disciplinary arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. The festival will forge a unique national identity through artistic excellence, innovative programming, commissioning new works, and educational opportunities. By bringing the most accomplished and respected creative and performing artists from around the world to Appalachian State University, the festival supports the overall university mission, enhances the cultural life of the Appalachian community, and serves as an important gateway onto the campus.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Turchin Center at 828/262-3017 or visit (www.tcva.org) or (www.rosensculpture.org).

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