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May Issue 2006

City of North Charleston, SC, Offers First Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

The City of North Charleston will host the first annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, to be held at the City's new Riverfront Park, on the old Navy Base in North Charleston, SC. The exhibition and competition organized and presented by the Cultural Arts Department will be on view from May 13, 2006 through Mar. 30, 2007.

Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to this national Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. This unique exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures as well as compete for up to $11,000 in Exhibition Honorariums and Awards. Thirteen sculptures were selected for this eleven month exhibition by the Juror, Carla Hanzal, Contemporary Curator for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC.

Prior to this appointment, Hanzal was Curator of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and Director of Exhibitions at the International Sculpture Center. She has coordinated major exhibitions presented in Japan including the Mark Rothko Retrospective, the David Smith Retrospective and Peter Voulkos Retrospective. Hanzal contributes feature articles to publications including Sculpture magazine.

The thirteen sculptures selected are by nine artists from eight states. Division I, includes eight sculptures that can be anchored to a 5' x 5' or 6' x 6' concrete pad. Division II, includes five sculptures that can be anchored or secured to a 2' x 3' concrete pedestal.

The following lists the accepted sculptures and artists.

Division I: Red Eyed Stork and Dragonfly by Doug Makemson from Nicholson, GA; Crossroads by Theodore Lyons from Brandon, FL; Stacks by Liz Vercruysse from Herman, NE; Curly by James Burnes from Santa Fe, NM; Joy of the Cosmos by Wayne Trapp from Vilas, NC; and Get Away Car and Memory Bomb by Adam Walls from Spartanburg, SC. Division II: Armor and Gabriel's Angel by Shawn Morin from Bowling Green, OH; Relationship Series I and Relationship Series VII by Joseph Castle from Bellevue, ID; and Carousel by Ted Pickering from Wadmalaw Island, SC. Click Here for Images.

Sculpture sites are located throughout the picturesque Riverfront Park. The impressive Riverfront Park is set on the banks of the gorgeous Cooper River. Visitors can enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a fishing pier, an oversized sandbox and children's play fountain. A magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion and expansive lawn provide a wonderful outdoor setting for small and large scale events.

Future park additions include the Naval Base Memorial, boardwalks and a pedestrian bridge across Noisette Creek to the Hunley Submarine Museum. The historic site is centered in the Noisette District, the largest urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in the United States.

An Awards Ceremony will take place on May 13, 2006, from 5-7pm. The Juror, Carla Hanzal, will select the Awards in person that day. A short statement mentioning each of the selected works will be read. Music by a string quartet from the Charleston Academy of Music and light refreshments will compliment the event.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Cultural Arts Dept. at 843/745-1087 or at (www.northcharleston.org).


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