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31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 20, 2017 – May 1, 2018(This exhibition has passed.)

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual multi-arts celebration presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Programs.

Made possible by the continued support and generosity of the Rosen Family: The Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

James Futral, Tetness, The Polar Bear. Winner of 31st Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition

James Futral, Tetness, The Polar Bear. Winner of 31st Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition

Noah Kirby, Force of Action of Force – Killbox

Noah Kirby, Force of Action of Force – Killbox


  • Portal VIII; Paris Alexander
  • Depth of Form; Jacob Burmwood
  • Defiance; Mark Connelley
  • Tetness the Polar Bear; James Futral
  • Force of Action of Force-Killbox; Noah Kirby
  • Succulent I; Susan Moffatt
  • Brave New World; Charles Pilkey
  • Conversation; Wayne Vaughn
  • Lost Horizon; Mike Wsol
  • Nature’s Quintet; Stephanie Sailer
  • Instead; Alison Ouellette-Kirby

About the juror

Gregory Elliott is the department chair for the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Elliott has been making and exhibiting sculpture for the past 35+ years. He holds 3 degrees, including a B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University with concentrations in Commercial Art, Printmaking and Ceramics; an M.A. from Stephen F. Austin Studio Art, Ceramic Sculpture and his M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University focused in Sculpture. Elliott was the first artist in residence for the Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas from 1980 to 1983 and was part of the faculty of the El Paso community college from 1983 to 1985, teaching sculpture, ceramics, drawing and design. From 1985 to1988, Elliott was a faculty member at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas, teaching ceramics and sculpture. He spent 14 years as part of the faculty at Louisiana State University (LSU) from 1988 to 2002. While at LSU, he served as both the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and the Area Head of Sculpture for the Art Department. From 2002 to 2008, Elliott served as chairperson for the Department of Art at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has exhibited his work widely across the U.S., including the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN ; the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA; the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX; the Lamar Dodd Art Center LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA; and the Fine Arts Museum of the South, in Mobile, AL. Elliott has received numerous academic awards as well as awards and grants for his creative work including the Ann Giles Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, purchase awards from the Fine Arts Museum of the New South, the Louisiana State University Museum of Art and the University of South Carolina. He has lectured extensively on forging, welding, iron casting, conservation, preservation and sustainability, and issues of outdoor sculpture and managing sculpture parks. Workshop presentations include: steel as a delicate material, gas welding, iron casting, heavy forging and riveting. The Turchin Center is proud to have such a distinguished juror for the THE 31st annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition 2017-2018.

About the curator

Mary Anne Redding is the curator and creative director of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University. Mary Anne has more than thirty-years-experience working as a curator, archivist, librarian, educator, and arts administrator. Prior to joining the Turchin Center, Redding was the Curator of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts and the Chair of the Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art & Design. Previously, she was the Curator of Photography for the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. 

She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Ohio University, an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, as well as an advanced certificate in Museum Studies from Arizona State University. She has written and published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art and also actively guest curates exhibitions at museums around the country.

Since the summer of 2014, at Appalachian State University, Redding has curated the organization’s numerous exhibitions including associated programming. She has worked closely with the university’s Department of Art, Appalachian Studies and a wide variety of other campus and community groups to make gallery resources available to all.

About the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition logo

This nationally recognized juried competition, established in 1987, has long been credited with enhancing the cultural landscape of the High Country region, while serving as a highlight and point of pride for the university’s summer arts festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Reflecting the vision and generosity of Martin and Doris Rosen, an extraordinary couple whose lives were shaped by the spirit of public service and philanthropy, the competition brings a remarkable array of contemporary sculpture to our campus and community. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as each year’s Rosen Award winner, which is announced by the juror at the popular Annual Sculpture Walk, a highlight of every summer festival season. In the last several years, two additional sculptures have been selected. One is installed on campus at Appalachian House and another at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Over the years, the exhibition program has earned an international reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary sculpture, and has become a source of inspiration for thousands of visitors, area residents, and members of the university community who enjoy access to a diverse and ever-changing selection of outdoor sculpture each season.  

Martin & Doris Rosen

Vision, generosity, and a pursuit of excellence are some of the many qualities that characterized the lives of Martin and Doris Rosen. From their years devoted to building a successful business, to their lives after retirement, revolving around family, philanthropy, and a commitment to the arts, this exceptional couple left an indelible mark on the communities in which they lived and worked. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Rosen Family, Martin and Doris’s legacy of support for quality visual arts programming has been continued by their children, and enables this beloved exhibition program to continue to develop and flourish. In July 1997, the Rosens donated Hephaestus, a large commissioned sculpture by Bruce White, to Appalachian State’s Permanent Collection, and it adorns the Rivers Street frontage area of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts to this day. On the occasion of the Rosens’ 50th wedding anniversary in October 1999, their children established the Martin and Doris Rosen Scholarship to assist rising junior or senior art majors at Appalachian State. Tireless supporters of the arts, the Rosen Family has given so much of themselves over the years to ensure that the arts remain a strong foundation of campus and community life in the High Country. We wish to extend to them our deepest appreciation.

Martin and Doris Rosen

Contact us

Please address all inquiries to:

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
c/o Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
PO Box 32139
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28608