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25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

April 23, 2011 – February 29, 2012(This exhibition has passed.)

Juror: Mel Chin
Curator: Hank T. Foreman
Assistant Curator: Brook Bower

As An Appalachian Summer Festival season celebrates its 27th season, the 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition has once again proven to be an invigorating part of the festival. As the definitions of sculpture, media, form, function, material, technique, audience and artist change, so must a dynamic program. This year was no exception. Not only did new sculptures arrive on our picturesque campus, but we also continue the long-standing programmatic accompaniments.

Programs that continue each year are the Martin and Doris Rosen Award, the residency program, the ever-popular Rosen Walk with the juror as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the catalog and the Rosen website that contains the 25-year history of the competition and exhibition.

The 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition continues to recognize the importance of interaction by providing a unique opportunity to intermingle with Appalachian students, faculty, staff and community. This program also allows the artists to connect with each other to create a dialogue and network for future endeavors. The most rewarding part of this program is the partnerships and relationships that are shaped through collaboration. The Rosens’ history of establishing strong working relationships continue to grow each year as we incorporate students into this creative environment by utilizing their individual talents to compliment the wide range of facets included in the program.

It is with my sincere anticipation that you will find this program useful, not only in an aesthetic sense, but also as a tool to question your surroundings and better understand how the arts can become an integral part of our daily lives.

– Brook Bower
Assistant Curator & Rosen Project Director


25th Rosen Sculpture Walk
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 10:00am

Works by the selected finalists are situated in outdoor, public spaces on the Appalachian campus. The popular Sculpture Walk offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, through the eyes of the juror. The winner of the 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will be announced at the reception to be held at the conclusion of the walk.

The Sculpture walk will begin at Catherine Smith Gallery located within Farthing Auditorium.

Adam Walls, Surprise. 25th / 2011 Rosen Sculpture Competition Winner.

Adam Walls, Surprise. 25th / 2011 Rosen Sculpture Competition Winner.



Adam Walls
Hope Mills, North Carolina

Steel, iron and paint
10’10” H x 5′ W x 6’3″ D

Surprise: Adam Walls

Artist statement

As an artist I am motivated to produce work that has a high degree of physicality, interactive opportunity and introspection. I am incredibly inspired by pop culture items such as toys, comics and science fiction. My sculpture often appears to be toy-like. As a child, toy play afforded me an incredible love of escapist fantasy that I believe is apparent in most of my work. This love still exists through the creation of my large-scale sculpture.

About the artist

South Carolina native Adam Walls has been creating art for public exhibition since 2004. He received his BA in Art Education in 1996 from Limestone College and taught art in art centers, public schools, and out of his own studio until receiving his MFA in sculpture from Winthrop University in 2005. Since receiving his MFA Adam’s work has appeared in Sculpture Magazine, been the topic of discussion on NPR and ETV, and has been exhibited in over one hundred outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Adam Walls currently resides in Hope Mills, NC and serves as the head of the sculpture program at UNC-Pembroke.

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Ira Hill
Tallahassee, Florida

Cast concrete
3’4″ H x 8′ W x 2′ D

AMUK: Ira Hill

Artist statement

Being a sculptor inherently bonds imagination, concept, process, and ability in a single person. The challenge of producing, clearly expressing, and what methods will best achieve my inspiration provides a lifelong quest to leave a wake of objects as proof of my belief that life is creativity. AMUK is from my series of Three-Dimensional Graffiti. These concrete benches were dropped at bus stops in need of seating, setting giant words into a visual context for the drive-by viewer. The wake I create is intended to educate, enlighten and entertain; this is the purpose of my art; this is the purpose of my life.

Fork, Knife, Spoon and Sun

Andrew Yff
Parkville, Maryland

Metal forks, knives, and spoons, paint on aluminum pole
15’6″ H x 5’3″ W x 5’3″ D

Part of the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program

Fork, Knife, Spoon and Sun: Andrew Yff

Artist statement

Drawing in space. One of my greatest interests in sculpture deals with the ability to render drawings in three-dimensional space. Shapes are created with lines. I use lightweight metal tubes. Visual patterns are made by layering collections of ordinary objects, such as kitchen utensils. Color helps the sculptures’ unity and to allow it to stand out in its outdoor setting.

Fork, Knife, Spoon and Sun is a commentary on climate change and that it may be possible for the sun to eat us.

Martyr Dress #1

Jennifer Hecker
Brockport, New York

Lump charcoal, a bra, glue, resin and paint over metal armature
4’8″ H x 3′ W x 4’2″ D

Martyr Dress #1: Jennifer Hecker

Artist statement

Martyr Dresses have a relationship to hair shirts worn by religious ascetics as a form of offering or penance. Martyr Dress #1, the first in the series, is made of lump charcoal. It is both a strapless, black gown and a funeral pyre. It refers to the transience of beauty.

About the artist

Jennifer Hecker has an extensive and diverse exhibition record that includes solo shows, commissions, collaborative installations, public art projects, outdoor sculpture shows, adjudicated exhibitions, and permanent collections. Recent exhibitions include: “The Next: A Studio Glass Movement Continuum” at Tower Fine Arts Gallery in Brockport, NY (2015); “Taos Art Glass Invitational” at David Anthony Fine Art in Taos, NM (2014); 4th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Exhibition at University of Wyoming in Laramie (2014); and “Water: A Universal Human Right,” at the State Street Gallery in Chicago, organized by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art (2014). In 2013, Jennifer was one of 42 regional artists invited to create a new work inspired by an artwork in the permanent collection of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY in celebration of its centennial. In 2011, Jennifer was one of 30 artists from around the world to be featured in the book Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass by Cindy Ann Coldiron (Schiffer Publishing). Jennifer’s sculptures were twice selected for inclusion in the prestigious Rosen National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina (1996 & 2011). In 2006, her commissioned outdoor sculpture for the Village of Brockport, Les Racines et les Raisons (The Roots and the Reasons) was dedicated in Remembrance Park. In 2004, she completed a significant commission for a three-part, site-specific sculpture for Christ Church in Pittsford, New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Red Cross in Rochester, NY; The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, and SUNY College at Brockport, as well as private collections in New York, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota.

Jennifer Hecker is a professor in the Department of Art at The College at Brockport, where she has taught all levels of sculpture, as well as general education art courses since 1989. In 1999, she was awarded a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2002 she completed a 6-year term as department chairperson. Jennifer received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and her BFA in Sculpture with honors from the University of Illinois in 1980.

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Glenn Zweygardt
Alfred Station, New York

Painted steel
11’4″ H x 5’4″ W x 2’2″ D

Melt: Glenn Zweygardt

Artist statement

The theme of my sculpture is the placement of myself in relation to nature. While working in materials such as metal, stone and glass, I am telling three-dimensional stories that capture my life experiences immersed in my perception of a collective consciousness. It is my intention that these stories, spoken through an expression of form, texture and color, will enter into human consciousness and the fourth dimension.

About the artist

Born and raised in northwest Kansas, Glenn Zweygardt received his BFA from Wichita State University in sculpture and painting. He then earned his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

For over 40 years, Glenn has been an active sculptor and educator. With more than 50 solo exhibitions and multiple purchase awards to his name, he shows works both nationally and internationally. His sculptures are included in many university, museum, outdoor and private collections.

Now an emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Glenn continues to make signature sculptures in his Alfred Station studio. His creations of steel, ductile iron, stainless steel, cast glass, cast bronze and aluminum are often combined with stone from around the world. These sculptures range from monumental outdoor works to small, intimate pieces.

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Mark A. Connelley
Brevard, North Carolina

Patinated steel with internal lighting
10′ H x 1’6″ W x 1’6″ D

Part of the Downtown Boone Development Association (DBDA) Public Art Program

Saoirse: Mark A. Connelley

Artist statement

Saoirse is a three-sided steel obelisk inspired from megalithic standing stones found throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Saoirse (pronounced SEER-shuh) is the Irish word for freedom and is inscribed on the front face of this piece using Ogham letters, an ancient Celtic script. Instead of being carved onto the surface, these letters pierce the reddish skin to reveal a white interior featuring an exterior grade LED accent flood light for nighttime illumination.

About the artist

Mark Connelley is a sculptor and landscape artist who works primarily in steel and natural materials to create large-scale sculpture and engaging environments.

With a background in landscape architecture and land planning, Mark spent many years designing projects throughout the world. His extensive experience, which involves conceptual design, master planning, sculpture park and garden design and detailed design exposed him to a wide variety of art, architecture and cultures. As a sculptor, Mark not only creates large-scale sculpture but also enjoys creating the environments in which the pieces are featured and the collaborative process that is involved with every project.

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The Burning

Paris Alexander
Raleigh, North Carolina

Carved limestone on granite base
6’2″ H x 20″ W x 15″ D

The Burning: Paris Alexander

Artist statement

This stone carving is a hybrid of two concurrent series of works I have been developing over the last 10 years. One is a group of works I call my Memento Mori series, a tradition of exploring and expressing the omnipresence and universality of death that goes back to the 13th century. I don’t seek to glorify death, but to capture the shadows of lives lived, the poets, dreamers, the powerful and forgotten. The other body of work that I drew from was my Poet Hand series. In this series, I explore another human commonality, our hands, without the hindrance of overt reference to ethnicity or even gender. Much of this series deals with my emotional reaction to poetry and working the expressive gesture of a hand into a sculptural effigy of the writer (a withering, searching hand for Sylvia Plath and a largess reaching one for William Blake). This carving speaks to both these explorations with a nod to Constantine’s commanding presence (without the upward pointing finger) and the revelation of decay that follows all greatness. Also now, in retrospect, a Buddha-like gesture of the healing hand of Maitreya.

When carving, I work viscerally and quickly without the aid of maquettes. I simply draw on the stone and carve. I became enamored with the flowing rhythms of the claw chisel marks and let them swirl into patterns across the surface.

About the artist

After spending ten years as a research specialist at the Duke University Cancer Center, Paris Alexander decided to pursue his passion full time. Since 1993 he has studied and created sculpture. He is a well-known instructor in sculpture, drawing and anatomy. Besides teaching privately, he has been an instructor for arts councils, the Lucy Daniels Center, the Artspace Arts and Outreach Programs, and the NC Museum of Art Outreach Program.

Paris’ work has been exhibited widely in galleries, universities and museums and he has created numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collections of WakeMed, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute,
President Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, Governor/Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska and many others.

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Tidal Sand

IlaSahai Prouty
Bakersville, North Carolina

Cast concrete
1’3″ H x 10′ W x 4′ D

Tidal Sand: IlaSahai Prouty

Artist statement

IlaSahai Prouty lives in the mountains, but grew up by the sea. Her studio is in the basement because there is no attic. IlaSahai creates projects that consider language, physical sensations, death, fear and repetition. Her sculptures, installations and prints often explore non-verbal experiences. She has created casts and prints of skin, tidal sand, hands, bones and knots as part of these works. She ties knots, breaks them and puts them back together again. She balances little men on spoons. She maps the pores and wrinkles of her skin.

In her castings of sand, she watches the tide ebb, then steps in to capture the forms left in the sand by combinations of currents, winds and water.

IlaSahai Prouty is a former resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts, and is currently an assistant professor at Appalachian State University.


Loren Costantini
Milford, Connecticut

Welded and bolted steel and, aluminum and wood
14’10” H x 8’1″ W x 3’4″ D

Flower: Loren Costantini

Artist statement

This abstract flower was initially created not by a vision, but by a subconscious process of healing the soul through art. My art is almost always born from observing a random shape or scrap, realizing its potential and allowing that potential to work through me. Flower began as a piece of scrap plywood that had an inherent quality of movement. It evolved into the structure of a wind-blown petal. While similar, each petal is unique as everything in nature. Every piece of Flower was created by recognizing each individual part’s contribution to the whole. As a sculpture, Flower is an abstract representation of nature, not just literally, but as a symbol of how every unique element of nature co-exists to form the beautiful whole.

My focus in art is always upon process. It is finding the place where conscious thought ceases and creation works through me. It is through the process of creation that humans can heal. When Flower was complete, the result for me symbolized hope. It was the process of art which allowed the transformation of suffering into the creation of a recognized symbol of beauty, love and optimism.

I decided to share this piece with the public so they too could hopefully share in its positive energy. If Flower generates a smile it has fulfilled its intention.

Curator’s statement

Each year the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition brings contemporary works of art to our campus and community. The installed works provide an overview of what sculptors are creating across the country and we are pleased to share with you this year’s works selected by internationally recognized juror Mel Chin. Thanks go to donors of An Appalachian Summer Festival and special thanks to our founding donors Doris and Martin Rosen. Over the next year, we invite you to explore, examine, become engaged, enjoy these sculptures and make them a part of your day!

Hank T. Foreman
Director & Chief Curator
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

About the juror

Mel Chin was born in Houston to Chinese parents in 1951. He worked in his family’s grocery store and began making art at an early age. Chin’s art, which is both analytical and poetic, evades easy classification. Alchemy, botany and ecology are but a few of the disciplines that intersect in his work. He insinuates art into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television, investigating how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility.

Unconventional and politically engaged, his projects also challenge the idea of the artist as the exclusive creative force behind an artwork. “The survival of my own ideas may not be as important as a condition I might create for others’ ideas to be realized,” says Chin, who often enlists entire neighborhoods or groups of students in creative partnerships.

In KNOWMAD, Chin worked with software engineers to create a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic peoples facing persecution. Chin also promotes “works of art” that have the ultimate effect of benefiting science or rejuvenating the economies of inner-city neighborhoods. In Revival Field, Chin worked with scientists to create sculpted gardens of “hyperaccumulators ”plants that can draw heavy metals from contaminated areas in some of the most polluted sites in the world.

Chin received a bachelor of arts degree from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1975, and has received several awards and grants including CalArts Alpert Award in the Visual Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Creative Capital Grant, and the Nancy Graves Foundation Award, among others. He lives and works in North Carolina.

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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. Bowers 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 Centers 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.