National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
2015/16 Competition & Exhibition
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 selected 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. For more details on the exhibit, click here.
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
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 & Owens) 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)
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 2015/16 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 2016/17.