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2012 Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at ASU

By Maria Richardson

June 18, 2012. Do you like sculptures, but do not know where to look? Try Appalachian State University campus, the 2012 Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition and the new sculptures that were just installed on campus. 

An official Rosen Sculpture Competition guide/map is being created, but won’t be available until the sculpture walk event on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m., starting at the Catherine Smith Gallery located within Farthing Auditorium.

According to Appalachian’s Rosen Sculptures, the works by the selected finalists are situated in outdoor, public spaces on the Appalachian campus. The popular Sculpture Walk offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, through the eyes of the juror. The winner of the 26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be announced at the reception to be held at the conclusion of the walk.

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. 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, 10 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 coming during the festival’s annual Sculpture Walk with that year’s juror.

The Competition & Exhibition are presented in conjunction with An Appalachian Summer Festival.

These ten finalists were chosen from a total of 37 artists entered with a total of 58 separate entries. These works have been installed on Appalachian’s campus from Walker Hall to the Duck Pond;

Judith Greavu Trojan Ocarina located at Newland Hall 

Jonathan Hils Camber located at Walker Hall

Joey Manson Carry Forward located at Wey Hall Loop

Jerome Harris Parmet INTER-S-XIONS located at Broyhill Hill (school of music building)

Rudy Rudisill Home Sweet Home located at Duck Pond

Wayne Trapp Double Half in Balance located at Walker Hall

Kyle Van Lusk Journey to the Top of Looking Glass located in the Wey Hall Plaza

Kevin Michael Vanek One Big Scoop located in Broyhill Courtyard (school of music)

Wayne Vaughn Auf Einer Winternacht (On a Winter’s Night) located at Duck Pond

James Westermann Comet located in Wey Hall Gravel Area


Take a walk around the beautiful campus and view the artwork as well as other pieces that are there year round.


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Photos by Maria Richardson

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