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23rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

April 18, 2009 – March 1, 2010(This exhibition has passed.)

Juror: Daniel Stetson
Curator: Hank T. Foreman
Assistant Curator: Brook Bower

This year for the first time, the 23rd Rosen Sculpture program partners with the Downtown Boone Development Association’s (DBDA) Public Art Program to offer two additional sculptors a chance to participant in the Rosen program with the Community Choice Award. This new addition to the program has been made possible with to the continued generosity of Martin and Doris Rosen, which provided support for this partnership.

Jon Howson and Douglas M. Gruizenga, have joined the Rosen Program and have placed their work off campus in downtown Boone. The partnership, says Mary Ella Baker, the DBDA’s Public Art Program Director, is significant for the town as well as for the university. “I am thrilled about the DBDA Public Art Program’s recent partnership with the Rosen Sculpture Program,” says Baker, “This partnership reinforces ASU’s and the Town of Boone’s involvement in and dedication to western North Carolina’s growing arts community. The Rosen Sculpture Program is a well-established program that has proven its effectiveness through its outstanding staff, the program’s popularity as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival and the talented artists who participate in the annual competition. The Public Art Program is proud to take part in this exceptional program.”

The DBDA Public Art Program collaborates with the Watauga County Arts Council and the Public Art Committee to provide public art for downtown Boone. The Public Art Program’s goals include the addition of sculptures, downtown gateways, murals and streetscape improvements in the downtown area. The residents of Boone have been promoting a thriving arts community for years and care deeply about investing in downtown Boone’s future; public art is a fantastic outlet for emphasizing our civic pride and Boone’s unique cultural character.

23rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition


  • Iscariot; Trace O’Connor
    Galvanized steel, light poles, structural and welded pipe
    Rosen Award 1st Place
  • Ascension; Jon Howson
  • BEREISHIS (In the Beginning); Jerome Harris Parmet
    Welded mild sheet steel primed and painted
  • Communion Bench: Suffering Passes, Having Suffered Never Passes; James Fuhrman
  • Dress; Derek Chalfant
    Fabricated stainless steel
  • Flower; Derek Chalfant
    Fabricated stainless steel
  • The Geometry of Sol; Phil Proctor
    Steel, stainless, granite and aluminum
  • Joiners; Karen Ives
    Wood, paint, steel and marine varnish
  • L’Albero Di Vita; Kevin Eichner
    Re-claimed Steel
  • Mahogany View; Shawn Morin
  • Pilgrim; Charlie Brouwer
    Locust wood, screws and preservative stain
  • Pocket Version; Kristy Summers
    Aluminum, bronze and cast iron
  • Select Multiple: Turchin Center; Fred Spaulding (Guest Artist)
    Brick, glaze, steel band, clay flue liners, and hand made parts
  • Trinity; Douglas M. Gruizenga
    Welded aluminum and stainless

About the juror

Daniel E. Stetson, the Executive Director of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, graciously serves as the juror for the 23rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition.

Since 1996, Daniel E. Stetson has served as the Executive Director of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL and possesses over twenty-nine years of museum directorial and curatorial experience. Stetson has curated numerous exhibitions and organized major sculpture projects throughout his career, which include the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition , now entering its 9th year and the Lakeland Invitational, entering it’s 2nd year.

Stetson has served as a grants review panel member nationally on many projects including: the I.M.L.S. General Operating Support Grant, LOG program, Florida Arts Council Visual Arts Organization Grants and Art Fellowship, the Texas Commission on the Art, and for the Iowa Arts Council. He has also served as an American Association of Museums Accreditation site visit team member. In addition, Stetson also acts as the Vice President of the Florida Association of Museums (FAM) and Vice President of the Florida Art Museum Directors Association (FAMDA). He also sits on the steering committee for Polk Vision and Lakeland Vision and has been the President of the Cultural Arts Board and Board of Director’s executive committee of the Polk Arts Alliance.

Steston holds an M.F.A. in Museology from Syracuse University, a B.A. in Art History from State University of New York, SUNY Potsdam and is an inaugural class graduate of the Leadership Program, Leadership Lakeland graduate and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Polk Leadership.

About the curators

Hank Foreman

Hank Foreman serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for Appalachian State University. He obtained his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian, having completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a concentration in Painting and Sculpture. His duties include the administrative responsibilities for An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Performing Arts Series, Farthing Auditorium and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

During his tenure at Appalachian State, Foreman has taken part in the organization of numerous exhibitions, including the associated lectures, symposia, and publications. He has worked closely with the university’s Department of Art, and a wide variety of other campus and community groups, to make gallery resources available to all. One of his earliest exhibitions at Appalachian, Views From Ground Level: Art and Ecology in the Late Nineties, brought internationally acclaimed artists, historians, and critics to the campus and received national attention.

Foreman is also an exhibiting studio artist, and participates in regional and national conferences as a presenter and panelist.

Brook Bower

Brook Bower serves as the assistant curator and administrator for the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and its staff. She received a BS in Art Management and a BFA in Ceramics from Appalachian State University’s Department of Art in 2001. Bower’s professional activities include curating exhibitions, lecturing, consulting for competition management, serving as a juror for local competitions, mentoring future art management students and managing several national art competitions including the Rosen Sculpture Competition, the Halpert Biennial and the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition. Bower also serves as the Acting Registrar, providing collections management support for the Turchin Center’s Permanent Collection containing 1,481+ objects and managing the Intra-Campus Loan Program.

Following her undergraduate degrees, she has concentrated on furthering her education by attending conferences, courses and workshops expanding her knowledge of curatorship, exhibition design, and collections management. Bower recently participated in the 2011 SEMC Jekyll Island Management Institute and is currently seeking a Master of Visual Arts Administration, with a focus in curatorial studies, at New York University in New York City. She serves on multiple committees that concentrate on community enhancement utilizing the visual arts and serves as the faculty advisor for the Arts Management Organization (AMO). In addition, Bower is an active exhibiting artist.