National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
The 9th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is now installed throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park will be on view daily until March 22, 2015. Admission and parking are free. For details on the exhibition, including images, awards, and how to apply for the 2015/16 competition, click here.
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