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National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

2016/17 Competition & Exhibition

Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the eleventh 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 Davis, ASLA, founder/ president of Sculpture in the Landscape, a NC based firm. Once installed at the exhibition site, Davis  selected pieces to receive awards for Best of 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. For more details on the exhibit, click here.

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

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)




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 2016/17 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 2017/18.    



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