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38th Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

May 26, 2024 – May 14, 2025

Outdoor campus

The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the Rosen Competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the beautiful campus of Appalachian State University.

The competition, in its 38th year, has become firmly established as a cultural treasure and a significant point of pride for Appalachian State University and our entire region. The competition has garnered national praise for the free access to the “best of the best” in contemporary sculpture it offers for countless residents and visitors across North Carolina and beyond.

The Rosen Family proudly continues the legacy of Martin and Doris by generously supporting this important program dedicated to sharing the power and joy of public art, creating a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, and building new audiences for the visual arts.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen and the Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

Closes March 4, 2024 @ 5pm EST

38th Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

2023 Rosen Sculpture Finalists (clockwise from top left): Adam Walls, Paris Alexander, Bob Doster, Wesley Stewart, David Sheldon, Hanna Jubran, Sophia Dominici, Beau Lyday, Glen Zwegardt, Carl Billingsley and David Boyajian.


This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and is presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place. This year a new prize will be awarded for Best in Show. The Rosen Award winners are selected by the juror and are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition is made possible by the continued generosity and support of the Rosen Family: The Martin and Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles and Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

Awards and Honoraria

Ten finalists will be selected to install their artwork on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1700 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artists.

The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will cover the material costs of installation and de-installation. The 38th Annual Rosen Competition & Exhibition will feature four cash prizes and all winners will be designated the Martin & Doris Rosen 38th Anniversary Award Winners. The top three artists will receive the following cash prizes: $4,000 for First Place, $3,000 for Second Place and $2,000 for Third Place. The new Best of Show Award recipient will receive $5000. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition offers a sales program, brochure/map, and extensive promotion as a featured exhibition in conjunction with both the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Appalachian Summer Festival, as well as permanent archiving on the competition’s website.


2024-2025 Calendar

  • Online Registration System Opens – January 26 2024
  • Deadline for Entries – March 4, 2024 @ 5 PM EST
  • Notifications Emailed – March 28, 2024
  • Installation Dates – May 23-24, 2024
  • Exhibition Dates – May 2024 – May 2025
  • Rosen Sculpture Walk & Reception – Saturday, July 13, 2024 @ 10 AM
  • De-installation – May 2025
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For those who want to learn more about the sculptures in the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition from the artists themselves, download a mobile audio guide on the free app, OtoCast. Users can select “Boone, NC” from the list of active tours to begin a self-guided audio tour through the campus of Appalachian State University. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

About the juror

Christopher Meyer
Christopher Meyer

This year’s competition juror is Christopher Meyer. He is a native South Dakotan and Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of South Dakota where he received his B.F.A. visual art in sculpture. Meyer earned his M.F.A. emphasizing in sculpture from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. Meyer’s work ranges from non-objective to representational sculptural objects, sculptural installations, and cast-iron performance work; often focusing on the interaction between the viewer and the work. The work may evoke a tool or a toy but without a stated purpose, or it may simply imply a raw emotional state; his objective is to create work that is humanist in nature. Christopher’s studio practice tends to emphasize material and process and is made from a large variety of materials including cast metals, carved or fabricated wood and steel, fibers, mixed media or “whatever the piece needs to be.” 

Since 2012, Meyer has made a deeper investment in cast iron; building a furnace and equipment necessary to make iron, bringing cast iron to the University of South Dakota and hosting an annual iron pour event at his home studio in rural South Dakota called the “Little Pour on the Prairie” each spring. He annually travels thousands of miles to cast iron.  Meyer currently serves on the board of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance and in October 2022 he hosted the 7th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference. Meyer’s work has been published in several visual art publications regionally to internationally and has exhibited in over 100 regional and national exhibitions since joining the University of South Dakota in 2006. He has also been awarded the Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest award given to faculty at the University of South Dakota as well as the Knutson Distinguished Professor Award for Creative Research, the highest award given in the University of South Dakota’s College of Fine Arts. 

The Turchin Center is proud to welcome Christopher Meyer as our distinguished juror for the 38th ANNUAL ROSEN OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION & EXHIBITION 2023-2024. 

Exhibition Guidelines

  1. The 38th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is open to artists currently residing in the USA who are 18 years of age or older. Ten completed works will be chosen for installation on Appalachian’s campus. Works entered must have been completed within the last four years and not previously exhibited at Appalachian State University. Submitted sculptures created earlier than 2020 will be eliminated from the competition. All artists, professional, and amateur, are invited to participate in the 38th Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition!
  2. There is a $45 entrance fee to be considered for the 38th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Sculptures must be completed and ready for installation when submitted. The entrance fee of $45 covers up to 3 sculptures; 5 images total may be uploaded to (beginning January 20, 2024); variant views are acceptable. Images of works in progress or models are not eligible for consideration. The competition may elect to exhibit more than one work from an artist with no additional honorarium available. The artist reserves the right to decline this request.
  3. The selected works are to be exhibited on the campus of Appalachian State University from May 2024 until May 2025. Sculptures are loaned for the time specified above and will not be returned until the exhibition period is completed.
  4. Artwork MUST be suitable for outdoor installation and must:
    1. be able to be secured to concrete pad or plaza with anchor bolts or similar devices;
    2. be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including high winds, below zero temperatures, heavy rain, snow, ice, and storms, etc.… in a mountain environment;
    3. be able to withstand a high traffic university environment;
    4. take into consideration the safety of a diverse audience; and
    5. be relatively maintenance free during the exhibition period.

    Works not meeting the criteria listed above will not be considered for installation on the Appalachian State University campus.

  5. Sculptors will be responsible for the delivery of the works to Boone, North Carolina, between May 23-23, 2024. Sculptors will be responsible for the removal of their sculptures during May 2024 – exact dates to be determined. Artists unable to meet the scheduled installation/de-installation requirements are not eligible for participation and honorarium will be forfeited.

  6. This year’s competition juror, Christopher Meyer, will announce the Martin & Doris Rosen 38th Annual Award Winners on Saturday, July 13, 2024, during the annual Rosen Sculpture Walk, part of the annual Appalachian Summer Festival.

  7. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition reserves the right to photograph any submitted artwork for publicity, promotion, and archive purposes.

  8. Sales are encouraged as the program has a history of sales to private and corporate collections. All sales are subject to 40% commission.

  9. Notice of Liability: All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling and storing of materials submitted for this competition. Appalachian State University and the Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will provide insurance for the borrowed object(s) for the duration of the object’s stay on Appalachian’s campus, provided that the sculpture meets all requirements stated in section four (4) above and that sculptor has completed all appropriate paperwork supplied by competition staff. Insurance will not cover damage to the artwork due to poor construction or craftsmanship while installing work or during shipping. Insurance will not cover any materials used in the fabrication of a sculpture that is intended for deterioration or non-traditional material not intended for exterior use. A certificate of insurance will be provided upon request only.

  10. Participation in the entry process constitutes a full understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth above.

Entry Procedures

  1. Application Information
    1. Entries will be accepted beginning January 26, 2024.
    2. The application deadline is Monday, March 4, 2024 @ 5 PM EST. No late entries will be accepted.
    3. There will be a $45 entry fee for the 38th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Please note, application fees cover administration costs only.
    4. The submission system is completely online at; No mailed entries will be accepted.
    5. Please contact Mary Anne Redding, curator, at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts: with questions or assistance with the application process.
    6. To access the online support system for your submission, please contact:
  2. Submitting Information & Images
    1. Please access (beginning January 26, 2024) to provide information for each entry and upload your digital images. Instructions will be provided online to lead you through this process. Only .jpg or .pdf files may be considered.

2023 Exhibition Winners

David Sheldon, Orion, 2020- 37th Rosen Sculpture Competition First Place Winner

Rosen First Place Award, David Sheldon, Orion, 2020

Rosen Second Place Award, Adam Walls, Maman, 2020

Rosen Second Place Award, Adam Walls, Maman, 2020

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
Martin and Doris Rosen
Martin and Doris Rosen

Contact us

If there are questions or concerns, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition staff will be happy to answer questions and assist with the entry process as needed.

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Mary Anne Redding, Senior Curator
Appalachian State University
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28608

To access the online support system for your submission please contact: