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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 $16,250. The application for the 2016/17 Exhibition is available here and is due on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information, or to be added to the application mailing list.


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2016/17 Competition & Exhibition


Where & When

North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: May 1, 2016 – March 22, 2017, public park open daily
Free admission & parking

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.


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.

Juror’s Statement

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

View a gallery of photos here.

Sacred Sunset Viewing Spiral by Corrina Sephora

Atlanta, GA

Forged & fabricated steel

Best in Show

Portal VIII by Paris Alexander

Raleigh, NC


Outstanding Merit

Charleston, SC

Steel and recycled bikes

Honorable Mention

Excelerator by Ray Katz

Pontiac, MI

Painted steel

Honorable Mention

Rhett by Jonathan Bowling

Greenville, NC

Recycled steel

Honorable Mention

COC XVIII  by Luke Crawley & Quincy Owens

Indianapolis, IN

Steel, fiberglass, epoxy resin

Greenville, NC

Powder coated aluminum and steel

Fall Wind by Bob Doster

Lancaster, SC


Greensboro, NC

Galvanized steel

In Motion by Hanna Jubran

Grimesland, NC

Steel and paint

Studio Tracks #2 by Morgan Kinne

Seabrook Island, SC
Rockite cement and steel

Learning Curve by Frederick Napoli

Lake Zurich, IL
Welded aluminum

Temple of the Roses by Antoinette Prien Schultze

Eliot, ME
Granite, glass, stainless steel

Core 1 by Adam Walls

Hope Mills, NC
Fabricated steel