National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Submit Your Work
Sculptors from across the nation are welcome to submit an application for participation in the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures are juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The deadline for the 2015/16 Exhibition has passed. Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information, or to be added to the application mailing list for 2016/17.
2015/16 Competition & Exhibition
Where & When
North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: May 1, 2015 – March 25, 2016, public park open daily
Free admission & parking
Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the tenth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a component of the 2015 North Charleston Arts Festival. Presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $16,250 in Exhibition Honorariums and Awards. Fourteen sculptures were selected by the juror, Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC. Once installed at the exhibition site, Jeffrey will select pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mention.
The fourteen sculptures selected for exhibition are by sixteen artists from seven states.
Sculpture sites are located throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC. The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River. Visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain. The historic site is centered in the Noisette District, the largest urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in the US. North Charleston Riverfront Park is open daily and admission and parking are free.
About the Juror
We are pleased to announce the Juror for the 2015/16 competition and exhibition is Jeffrey York, Public and Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC. 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.
For ten years the City of North Charleston Cultural Department has offered residents and visitors alike, the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor sculptural forms and styles while enjoying the scenery along the Cooper River.
While strolling through the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, visitors will encounter bicycles that they can make whirl above their heads (Meuller & Charzewski), the artistry of metal tools and farm implements fashioned to convey the naturalism of a running horse (Bowling), and the refined craftsmanship of revealing an organic from out of a limestone slab (Alexander). Exploring colorful steel and aluminum abstract planes or shapes in space that seem to change depending on one’s vantage point is the only subject matter of several works (Katz, Napoli, Doster and Jubran). Visitors will pass under a gate, which while solid and weighty, asks us to consider the fragility of its structure (Gallucci). They will find impressions in cement that, like those unearthed from an archeological dig, make us question who was here before us and what evidence might we leave behind (Kinne) and a stone and glass monolith that is both architectural and figurative (Schultze). Another abstract work conveys a human or avian-like shape (Crawley) One piece is clearly figurative, but remains enigmatic in its meaning (Denton). One sculpture, with its graceful, wave-like overlapping steel forms, offers us a place to recline, while its orientation helps us mark time (Sephora) and a circular form with steel tendrils floating upward perhaps also references sea-life or radiation emanating from a split atom (Walls). Like all the sculptures, it is open for interpretation.
My selections for the show and choices for awards are subjective. The viewer will form their own opinions and impressions. That is beauty of public sculpture. It is there to enliven the space. One can choose to enjoy it as a diversion from their surroundings, interact with it, discuss, contemplate, or just pass by.
-Jeffrey J. York (4/27/2015)
Titles/Artists/Awards – 2015/16
Steel and recycled bikes
Powder coated aluminum and steel