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 application deadline for the 2014/15 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 2015/16.
2014/15 Competition & Exhibition
Where & When
North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: May 1, 2014 – March 24, 2015, public park open daily
Free admission & parking
Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the ninth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a component of the 2014 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. Eleven sculptures were selected by the juror, Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Once installed at the exhibition site, Brad selected pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mention.
The eleven sculptures selected for exhibition are by eleven artists from six 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 2014/15 competition and exhibition is Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC. Thomas recently served as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art for Charlotte’s Mint Museum where he led advances in the Museum’s collection. In addition, he organized residencies for Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto and FECUND, the multi-disciplinary work of John W. Love, Jr. Thomas served on the Mecklenburg County Public Art Commission for five years and was chair of that commission from 2008-10. Prior to the Mint, Thomas was the director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. Thomas led initiatives to integrate visual art into the learning experience, most notably through the establishment of Davidson’s Campus Sculpture Program, which features major outdoor installations by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Antony Gormley, Juame Plensa, Joel Shapiro, and William Tucker. He also produced exhibitions and publications on Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ewan Gibbs, Herb Jackson, Robert Lazzarini, Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, and Joel Shapiro. His partnership with the College Writing Program in 2012 led to the release of Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art, the first interdisciplinary book on Davidson College’s permanent art collection.
“It is an honor to participate in this year’s National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in North Charleston. The natural beauty of Riverfront Park offers the ideal setting for each of these remarkable sculptures. I have long been a proponent of art outside the confines of museum and gallery walls. In recent years, I have participated in initiatives to acquire sculptures by world-renowned artists for college campuses in North Carolina and served as Chair of Charlotte’s Public Art Commission. Through these experiences, I have gained a deep appreciation for how these very public interventions of art activate natural and built environments, as well as our relationship to them. Furthermore, sculpture in public spaces can also serve to intrigue those who may be considered excluded from the world 0f art. By virtue of its placement, art in public spaces serves as ambassador, possessing the potential to break down perceived barriers of exclusivity and unlock a lifetime of creative thought and inquiry. Again, I thank you for this very special opportunity and wish continued success to all the sculptors who applied to this year’s competition, as well as the good work of the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition in North Charleston.” – Brad Thomas, May 2014
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