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National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

2020/21 Competition & Exhibition – CANCELLED

Eight works from the 2019/20 Competition & Exhibition will remain on view thanks to the generosity of the artists

Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the fifteenth annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, a component of the 2020 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 $19,750 in Exhibition Honorariums and Awards. Ten sculptures by artists from five states were selected to participate in the exhibition by the juror, Daniel T. Beck, conservator and Iron Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft. Due to the exhibit’s cancellation, Beck was not able award Best of Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mention. Sculpture sites are typically 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, including images, artists, and awards from the preceding exhibit (2019/20), click here.

Where & When

North Charleston Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Viewing times: public park open daily
Free admission & parking


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 will be available here on December 1. 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.