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32nd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 14, 2018 – April 15, 2019(This exhibition has passed.)

The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national, juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of this inspiring installation, join competition jurors Daniel T. Beck and Ian Henderson on an educational outdoor tour of the ten selected pieces from this year’s competition. The tour concludes at the Schaefer Center with an awards reception. In addition to the ten sculptures, two additional works of sculpture will be installed- one at Appalachian House and the other at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM).

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.

Richard Herzog, It’s All About Electricity. Winner of 32nd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition

Richard Herzog, It’s All About Electricity. Winner of 32nd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition


  • Draped Fabrication; Jacob Burmood
  • Connection; Brian Glaze
  • It’s all about Electricity; Rick Herzog
  • Neutron Star; Hanna Jubran
  • Gothic Doorway; Beau Lyday
  • Succulent II; Susan Moffat
  • Column A, Column B, Column You, Column Me; Shawn Morrin
  • Peaceful Passage; Jordan Parah
  • Life; Adam Walls
  • Copper Top OM; Glenn Zweygardt
  • Trojan Exhaust; Jonathan Bowling
  • Anomie Exquisite; Andrew Light

About the jurors

Daniel T. Beck is currently the iron studio coordinator at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of western North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in studio art/art history from the University of Georgia, where he focused on metal-smithing and medieval Christian architecture. Daniel has a diverse background/interest in materials, mostly working with steel as a base. He has exhibited primarily in North Carolina including the Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, NC) and has several public works in Asheville and Spruce Pine.

Ian Henderson is the metals studio coordinator at Penland School of Crafts. He received a BA in contemporary US history from Brown University in 2002 and spent a decade working in the building trades and traveling. In 2010 Ian was awarded the two-year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts where he undertook a deep study of metalworking and ceramics. His work merges industrial materials, including steel and concrete, with his abiding interest in pattern, architecture, machines, and traditional metalwork.

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

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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.  

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