34th Annual Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) - Call For Artists

34th Annual Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

34th Annual Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 34th Annual Sculpture Celebration. Sculptors are invited to bring up to three pieces of sculptural art for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards. This year’s judge is Patrick Dougherty. The event will be held in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC.

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Deadline: 7 Sept 2019

Sculptors may set up September 6, 2019, a crane/boom truck will be available for lifting and setting larger works Friday. A Sculptor’s Welcome Dinner (buffet style, meat and vegetarian options available) will be served in the park that evening, free to sculptors, prepaid guests pay $20-25. The competition runs 9am-4pm September 7, 2019 with awards announced about 3:30pm. The crane/boom truck will be available to assist with loading out.

34th Annual Sculpture Celebration Artist Benefits

Awards total $11,000: Best of Show $3,000, First Place $2,000, Second Place $1,500, Third Place $1,000, Five $500 Judge’s Merit awards, Five $100 Honorable Mention Awards, and a $500 People’s Choice Award. Separate awards are provided for youth and school entries. Visitors, including potential buyers, attend this annual event. Last year had over 4,000 individual attendees. Sculptors bring their three pieces for the sculpture competition and portfolio of works available. They may sell or take commissions with no fees due the arts council. City workers and volunteers are available to assist sculptors with off-loading and re-loading and set-up. Sculptors bring all required pedestals, tables, and leveling aids needed.

Social Equity

Art exhibits often push the envelope of what is culturally accepted in our area, opening the mind of those who visit the exhibitions to fresh (and sometimes uncomfortable) ideas. Art brings people together to comment, discuss, disagree or agree, and to talk together. This free outdoor event in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park brings artisans of color and of different nationalities and backgrounds together in a unity of competition, as well as the general public, who may or may not know the event is happening, and surprises them with a display of public art for a day.

About Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council has been promoting and presenting high quality arts in Caldwell County since 1976. It is their mission to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in Caldwell County; encourage participation in arts events; and offer various educational opportunities and administrative services in support of artists, arts agencies, and audiences. Sculptural art abounds on the highways and byways of Caldwell County, NC.

For over 40 years, sculptural pieces (currently totaling over 100) have been purchased by individuals and entities. They have been placed in a collection of public art for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Works include Happy Valley’s twenty-four sculptural mile markers made by Oak Hill Iron Works, the “West Wind Sentinels” sculpture by Mike Roig on Highway 321, the “Jack & Jill” bookends by Magi Moody, “Rusty Reader” by Jim Consoli at the Lenoir Library, and “Passages” at the Wilson Creek Visitors Center – just see if you can find them all.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.

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