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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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33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration – Call For Artists

33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration – Call For Artists

Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration. Sculptors invited to compete for up to $11,000 in cash awards during this one-day competition.

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Deadline: 7 Sept 2018

The Caldwell Arts Council invites the public and sculpture purchasers to this event. Typically, there are 70 sculptors with over 200 sculptural art pieces throughout this garden park setting. Food vendors are on-site, along with live music and children’s art activities. Artists must bring their own pedestals, tables, seating, leashed pet, business cards, and sales aids. Sculptors are invited to the Welcome Dinner in the park on Friday, September 7th with a hosted wine/beer event at 6 pm followed at 7 pm with a buffet dinner (both meat and vegetarian options available). Additional guest meals may be purchased at time of registration.

33rd Annual Sculpture Celebration Artist Benefits

Awards include $3,000 Best of Show, $2,000 First place, $1,500 Second place, $1,000 Third place, five $500 Judges Merit awards, and five $100 Honorable Mention awards along with $500 Stevens Family People’s Choice award. There were 4,000 visitors last year. Sculptors may sell their work with no commission required by the Caldwell Arts Council. This event occurs rain or shine. Bring a pop-up tent to protect work if desired.

About the Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council started in 1976. They promote the arts to the people of Caldwell County. The Sculpture Celebration event started in 1985 as a brainchild of a sculptor, parks and recreation director, and the executive director of the Caldwell Arts Council. The Council reaches over 12,000 Caldwell County students with traveling theatre shows which bring their studies to life on stage. They host the annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention, bringing instrument competitions and famous names to the Happy Valley / Yadkin Valley area of Lenoir. The Council provide visual arts exhibits throughout the year at their downtown and offsite galleries.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.

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2019 Artist Exhibition Opportunities – Call For Artists

2019 Artist Exhibition Opportunities – Call For Artists

The Caldwell Arts Council will accept portfolios from artists for the 2019 artist exhibition opportunities. The exhibition ranges from one to three-months long at Caldwell Arts Council gallery (four exhibit opportunities ranging from 5-8 weeks), Art-in-Healing Gallery, or another off-site gallery in Caldwell Arts Council (three 3-month long exhibit opportunities).

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2018

The Caldwell Arts Council exhibits artists from across the country and has a reputation for quality exhibits. The center is housed in an historic 100+ year old home. There are four gallery spaces that have been renovated as professional exhibit spaces. Exhibits range from contemporary to traditional and include 2-D and 3-D exhibitions. The Art-in-Healing Gallery at Caldwell Memorial Hospital can hang up to 20 works of 2-D or 3-D wall artworks.

The 2019 artist exhibition opportunities reach visitors from the southeastern United States. While sales opportunities are not strong, there is an opportunity to have museum and gallery curators, regional university art students, and professors. Exhibit invitations are mailed to 400-500 individuals and emailed to 1,700 individuals.

About Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council is known for ‘pushing the envelope’ on the art styles displayed in the gallery. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit. The Caldwell Arts Council is a regional arts center that presents art exhibits, educational opportunities, and collection programs that foster the cultural arts. Programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, as well as individual donors, corporate donors, and sponsorships.  All donations are tax-deductible.  The largest programs include the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention (now in its 14th year, held Labor Day weekend annually), the annual Sculpture Celebration (now in its 34th year) which brings sculptors to Lenoir for a one-day competition the Saturday after Labor Day, and the Artists-in-Schools performance series for Caldwell County students which brings theatrical productions to Lenoir.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.

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Sculpture Celebration 2017 – Call For Artists

Sculpture Celebration 2017 – Call For Artists

Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the Sculpture Celebration 2017. Sculptors invited to bring up to three sculptures for this one-day competition. $11,000 in cash awards, potential sales, and commissions.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 9 Sept 2017

This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina. Early registration discounts are available. In past years, over 70 sculptors have brought over 200 sculptures to the Broyhill Walking Park. Event is free to the public and offers children’s art activities, a separate youth sculpture award, a people’s choice award, and judge’s merit awards. There is live music, free shuttles to free area parking, and food vendors on site. Around 3,000 visitors attend this event.

Sculpture Celebration 2017 artist benefits

Participating sculptors may sell their works commission-free. They may receive future commissions for artwork to be installed in municipalities, parks, and outside businesses.

  • Best in show award $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
  • One $500 Stevens Family People’s Choice award, and
  • Separate youth category awards.

Free assistance with unloading and reloading artwork. Free crane on-site for those registered in advance who request it. Some free lodging including camping at local fitness center with access to showers and toilet facilities.

About the Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council is one of almost 100 county arts entities in North Carolina dedicated to establishing and maintaining an awareness of cultural arts in Caldwell and surrounding counties. They encourage public participation in art events and offer educational services and administration services for local artists and craftspeople. The council supports artists, arts agencies, and attendees throughout Caldwell County and western North Carolina. The Artistically Speaking online calendar of events announces artist opportunities and encourages public participation in arts events in the region. Traveling theatrical groups bring classwork to life for students in Caldwell County public and private schools.

For more information, contact info@caldwellarts.com.

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