National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

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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 $19,750. The deadline to apply for the 2017/18 exhibition has passed (February 25, 2017). Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information, or to be added to the application mailing list for 2018/19.

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2017/18 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: May 1, 2017 – March 25, 2018, public park open daily
Free admission & parking

About the Juror

We are pleased to announce the juror for this year’s exhibition is Robin Salmon, Vice President of Art & Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Robin is currently the chair of the National Sculpture Society Exhibitions Committee, which is the oldest organization of professional sculptors, and has more than thirty years of museum, curatorial, and programming experience.

2016/17 Competition & Exhibition

Where & When

North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: April 29, 2016 – March 22, 2017, public park open daily
Free admission & parking


Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the 11th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a component of the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest. 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. Twelve sculptures were selected by the juror, James G. Davis, ASLA, founder/ president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm. Once installed at the exhibition site, James will select pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mention.

The twelve sculptures selected for exhibition are by twelve artists from three 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 2016/17 exhibition is James G. Davis, ASLA, founder/ president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm dedicated to simplifying the process of procuring while helping increase both the quality and quantity of the total outdoor art experience. Since 2008, Jim has enjoyed incorporating his skills as a landscape architect with outdoor art by working closely with artists, designers, developers, art councils, municipalities, and corporations as a consultant and in identifying and placing outdoor art. He is a longtime volunteer and past Board Member of Cary Visual Art, Inc. (CVA), a non-profit organization in Cary, NC, which has placed over 50 permanent pieces of sculpture worth in excess of one million dollars. Jim was instrumental in forming CVA’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit and has served as chair since 2006. With a degree in Environmental Design, Jim has over 40 years of experience in outdoor aesthetics and is registered to practice landscape architecture in his native state of North Carolina.

Juror’s Statement

“What’s it supposed to be?” the elderly couple inquired as I was pondering my decisions for the awards.  There was no signage yet so not even a title for them to go with. I told them the name of the piece, shared what it meant to me and suggested maybe they decide what it means to them. After a short pause, “Hmmmmmm…” was the reply.

Hmmmmmm, indeed! That’s what is so wonderful about art.  Even if you don’t understand it, it can still make you feel Hmmmmmm!  I always think it’s better to know the message the artist is revealing, but missing that, if we just pause for a moment, we will know what it means to us! So the attraction might be the message or it could be the creativity or the craftsmanship or the design or the aesthetics or the complexity (or simplicity) or the attention to detail.  Sometimes it’s all of these!!!  As juror, that’s what I hope to find.

My choices of sculptures to take part in the exhibit were an effort to select pieces that presented a range of materials, colors, textures and emotions. My choices for the awards lean towards my personal notions of creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

I hope all the visitors to this wonderful park will take some time to stop and reflect upon each sculpture. It may not be for the same reason but if they pause, I think they’ll find something to make them say Hmmmmmm!!

-James Davis (4/26/2016)

Titles/Artists/Awards – 2016/17

View a full image gallery of the installed pieces here!

Truce by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
Painted steel
Best of Show

Orpheus by Paris Alexander (Raleigh, NC)
Carved limestone
Outstanding Merit

Off by One by Casey Narron (Kenly, NC)
Fabricated steel
Honorable Mention

January Wind by Bob Doster (Lancaster, SC)
Cor-ten steel
Honorable Mention

Cubes in Motion by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)
Steel and paint
Honorable Mention

Red Balance by Carl Billingsley (Ayden, NC)
Powder coated steel

Mare and Foal by Edward Byrd (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Undulation by Jordan Fowler (Mt. Pleasant, SC)
Welded steel and paint

Creatures of the Sky II by Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC)
Cor-ten steel

Voyageur Outdoor by Corrina Sephora (Atlanta, GA)

Swing Thing by Adam Walls (Hope Mills, NC)
Painted steel

Go Take a Hike by Davis Whitfield (Sylva, NC)
Stainless Steel