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Rosen Competition: Explore All Installations in Boone Now, Sculpture Walk Set for July 23

After a week-long session involving tower cranes and delicate art-installation maneuvers, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival are delighted to present the 30th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition—a national, juried competition presented annually on the Appalachian State University campus.

The ten monumental works in the exhibition, which will be on view through April 1, 2017, were selected by this year’s juror Willie Ray Parish, the Mississippi-born artist and educator who ran the University of Texas at El Paso’s Sculpture Program for almost 30 years and whose own works are in numerous public and private collections.

All ten sculptures are now officially up for the viewing, but a summer highlight for the Boone art world is always the Rosen Sculpture Walk, part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, which offers participants a fascinating journey into the world of contemporary sculpture through the eyes of the juror.

This year the walk takes place on Saturday, July 23, from 10am to Noon, and starts at the Schaefer Center. It is free and open to the public and includes stops at each of the ten selected sculptures, providing an opportunity to learn more about each work and its artist. The walk includes a reception for the naming of the top winners, who will be designated Martin & Doris Rosen 30th Anniversary Award Winners, and will receive cash prizes: $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place and $1,000 for Third Place.

And an exciting bonus on this 30th Anniversary year: the beautiful mosaic totem poles created by the noted local artist Pam Brewer, with a community focus group and Avery High School students, as part of an NEA grant: “Building Sculpture, Building Community: Extending the Reach of the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition.”

“Through the use of totems,” Brewer explains, “we create sculptural stacked forms, telling the story of who we are as community.” The five totem poles are installed at Wey Hall, next to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information and a preview of this year’s Rosen Sculpture Competition artists, go to http://www.rosensculpture.org.

30th Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, May 27, 2016– April 1, 2017

Rosen Sculpture Walk with Juror and Reception, July 23, 2016, 10am -12pm. Begins with a brief introduction at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. Ends at the Schaefer Center with the announcement of the winners followed by a reception.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support Appalachian State University’s role as a key regional educational, cultural and economic resource.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. and Saturday, and Noon-8 p.m., Friday. The Center is closedSunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. There is no admission charge, although donations are accepted.

For additional details about the Turchin Center, becoming a donor, the upcoming exhibitions, to be added to the mailing list or to schedule a tour, please call (828) 262-3017 or visit www.tcva.org. You can also follow the Turchin Center on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.


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Aeriel. Lacquered recycled steel, stainless steel and industrial bearings 10′ 3″ tall x 4′ 6″ diameter of motion Mike Roig Carrboro, NC www.mikeroig.com
Balance point. Stainless steel and bronze 12′ x 2″ x 2′ Hanna Jubran Grimesland, NC www.hannajubran.com
Hobbes’ Claw – Unsheathed. Wood, metal, plastic 12’W x 4’H x 2’D (but 3.5′ D with a base) Stephen Klema Winsted, CT stephenklema.com
Hybridized Daylily. Granite, stainless steel 70″ x 27″ x 23″ Shawn Morin Bowling Green, OH shawnmorinsculpture.com
Ian’s Hammer. Cor-ten steel Kyle Van Lusk Brevard, NC kylevanlusk.com
Intestinal Fortitude. Stainless steel 15′ x 14′ x 6′ Mike Hansel Middletown, RI www.mikehansel.com
Self Portrait. Painted steel 7′ x 5′ x 7’5″ Adam Walls Hope Mills, NC www.adamwallssculpture.com
The Gate Hangs Well. Welded steel 80″ x 60″ x 28″ Walter Early Chicago, IL walterearly.com
Windsong. Stainless steel base and sail, honed marble cube 10′ x 4′ x 3′ Bob Turan Earlton, NY www.bobturan.com
Wrapped Around You. Cor-ten steel 9′ x 3′ x3′ Davis Whitfield www.daviswhitfield.com