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3rd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

May 1, 1989 – February 28, 1990(This exhibition has passed.)

Appalachian State University’s annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition, now in its third year, is made possible through the patronage of Martin and Doris Rosen. The Rosens continue to be a major force contributing to the success of An Appalachian Summer and cultural programming at Appalachian State University.

The sculpture competition, on view year round at the Appalachian State University campus, is a dynamic component of the visual arts on campus. Martin and Doris Rosen provide each of the ten selected sculptors with a five hundred dollar honorarium to facilitate their individual works. From the ten participants, one artist’s work is then selected to receive the Rosen Prize, a cash award of five thousand dollars.

Curator: Terry Suhre

Be Gardiner, After the Rape of Persephone. 1989 / 3rd Rosen Sculpture Competition Winner.

Be Gardiner, After the Rape of Persephone. 1989 / 3rd Rosen Sculpture Competition Winner.


After the Rape of Persephone

Be Gardiner
Creston, North Carolina


On display now as part of the Permanent Collection

After the Rape of Persephone: Be Gardiner

About the artist

Education: BFA (Religion), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Big Yellow

Wayne Trapp
Vilas, North Carolina

Painted welded steel, 8′ x 8′ x 8′

Big Yellow: Wayne Trapp

About the artist

Wayne Trapp, the sculptor, has worked in stone and steel for years, creating lavish–even colossal–outdoor pieces for corporate clients and smaller more particular pieces for his private clientele. His hands, his shoulders, are sore and sensitive with the scars of sculpting, but he can no more give it up than he can give up breathing. He avows that now he sculpts only by commission, but if a fine piece of stone presents itself or a flash of metal catches his eye or a woman turns her head just so, or if the moon is right, well… the dance begins. With unbridled energy and an insatiable passion for everything that crosses his path, Wayne forever seeks interchange, new ground, and a good time.

Wayne lives and operates his studio out of Vilas, N.C., and has works in extensive corporate, institutional and private collections across the U.S. and internationally.

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Broken Deer Skull

Joe Barrington
Throckmorton, Texas

Hand formed welded steel, 12′ x 10′ x 10′

Broken Deer Skull: Joe Barrington

Conduit 13

Mike Baur
West Chicago, Illinois

Concrete and steel, 12′ x 5′ x 3′

Conduit 13: Mike Baur

Cubical, Circular and Triangular Linguisticity

Johann Eyfells
Oviedo, Florida

Cast Aluminum, 3′ 4″ x 3′ 4″ x 3′ 4″ (x8) / 4′ 7″ x 2′ (x6)

Cubical, Circular and Triangular Linguisticity: Johann Eyfells

Elegy #3

Edwin McCullough
Cissna Park, Illinois

Cor-ten Steel, 4′ 2″ x 7′ 6″ x 5′ 1″

Elegy #3: Edwin McCullough


L. Benson Warren
Lawton, Oklahoma

Concrete, bronze and cast iron, 3′ x 3′ x 17′ 6″

Freedom: L. Benson Warren

Passage Through Pine

Harold “Skip” Van Houten
Ellisville, Mississippi

Wood and steel, 10′ x 5′ x 5′

Passage Through Pine: Harold “Skip” Van Houten

Pyroa Sysigy

William Leck Willett
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Painted, Welded Steel, 8′ x 2′ x 3′

This piece is sponsored by the Watauga County Arts Council and is located at the Jones House in Boone.

Pyroa Sysigy: William Leck Willett

About the artist

Education: MFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; BS, Appalachian State University; Associate of Art, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton, NC.


Dennis Whitcopf
Richmond, Kentucky

Steel and Concrete, 16′ 5″ x 7′ 7″ x 7′

Sojourner: Dennis Whitcopf

About the artist

Education: MFA, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; BA California State University, Northridge, CA.

Star Catcher

Jim Gallucci
Greensboro, North Carolina

Painted steel, 10′ x 6′ x 4′

Star Catcher: Jim Gallucci

About the juror

Jack Burnham, internationally recognized art critic, scholar and author served as this year’s juror for the annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Professor Burnham attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Wentworth Institute before receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1961. From 1962 to 1983, he taught at Northwestern University and is presently Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Critic’s Award from the Chicago Art Awards. His writings appear in numerous national art publications including Art in AmericaThe New Art ExaminerArtsceneArts Magazine, and the Journal of Art Education. The author of three books, Structure in ArtBeyond Modern Sculpture, and The Great Saltworks, Professor Burnham is currently working on a multi-volume book concerned with the narrative and art semiotics in painting since Giotto.