Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition seeks sculptors | Community

BOONE – The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is seeking entries for its 2022 competition.

The nationally recognized Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition has showcased contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the Appalachian State University campus for the past 35 years.

This continuing tradition still brings a diversity of sculpture to the campus. From whimsical to deep, artists express three-dimensional concepts with expert craftsmanship using a variety of materials, designs and techniques to create a phenomenal range of contemporary sculptures.

The call for entries for the 36th annual competition is open from January 10 to February 25 and is open to artists – professionals, amateurs and students – currently residing in the United States and aged 18 or older.

Ten completed works will be chosen to be installed on the Appalachian campus. All artists whose works are installed will receive honoraria and the top three artists will also receive cash prizes as follows: $ 3,500 for first place, $ 2,500 for second place and $ 1,500 for third place. For competition guidelines and entry procedures, as well as program archives, visit

The selected sculptures will be installed in May 2022. On Saturday July 9, art lovers will be invited to attend the annual Rosen Sculpture Walk with the juror which will include an informative tour as well as an announcement of the winners.

The juror for this year’s competition is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a sculptor who uses traditional and innovative blacksmithing techniques and is best known for the feminine imagery in her metalwork. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, she earned an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Quite unexpectedly, she fell in love with iron. With a unique juxtaposition of the feminine and the iron, Brim transforms the frilly dresses, fairy tales and gender expectations of his childhood into remarkable works of social commentary. Brim is also a teacher and lives in western North Carolina.

Last year’s winning sculpture, Hoodoos, was created by Joan Benefiel, Brooklyn, NY. The hand-tinted sea glass resin figures are spectacular in their amorphous shape and translucency and sit elegantly on the COR-TEN pedestals. Cards are available at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts or online at

This national juryed competition is presented by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and is made possible by the generous support of the Martin and Doris Rosen Giving Fund / Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen and the Charles and Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation .

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, named after university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin, fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-standing mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The largest facility of its kind in the region, the center features exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center features multidimensional exhibitions and programs and is a vibrant presence in the community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Its seven galleries host temporary exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King Street in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. and Saturday and noon – 8 p.m., Friday. The Center is closed on Sunday and Monday, and observes all university vacations. Admission is always free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For general inquiries, to be added to the mailing list or electronic news, for details on the donor program or to schedule a visit call (828) 262-3017, email [email protected] or visit The Turchin Center can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.

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