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National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

2021/22 Competition & Exhibition

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 15th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures by artists from across the nation will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. Awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions are determined by the juror once all pieces are installed. Organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their inspiring and extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park (1001 Everglades Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405), set along the banks of the Cooper River. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

The application period for 2021/22 is now open (deadline: February 25, 2021). 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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2020/21 Competition & Exhibition – CANCELLED

Eight works from the 2019/20 Competition & Exhibition will remain on view thanks to the generosity of the artists
For more details, including images, artists, and awards from the 2019/20 exhibit, click here.

 

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For those who want to learn more about the sculptures in the 2019/20 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition from the artists themselves, download a mobile audio guide on the free app, OtoCast. Users can select “North Charleston, SC” from the list of active tours to begin a self-guided audio tour through Riverfront Park. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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 $19,750. The application for the 2021/22 Exhibition is available here. Call the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 for more information, or to be added to the application mailing list for 2021/22.