Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition


31st Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2017-2018)

2017-2018 Calendar

Jan. 13, 2017 Online Registration System Opens
Feb. 18, 2017 (5 p.m. EST) Deadline for Entries
Mar. 20, 2017 Notifications Emailed
May 18 - 20, 2017 Installation Dates
May 2017 - May 2018 Exhibition Dates
Jul. 22, 2017 (10 a.m.) Rosen Sculpture Walk & Reception
May 2018 De-installation

This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its summer arts programming, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. This year, an 11th sculpture will be chosen by the juror for display at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM), just a short distance from campus. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place. The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season.

Awards and Honoraria

Ten finalists will be selected to install their artwork on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The 11th sculpture chosen by the juror during the review process will be displayed in the front courtyard of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM). The work at BRAHM will be listed with the works in the exhibition map/brochure but is not eligible for the Rosen Awards. All artists, whose works are installed, will receive a $1,300 honorarium to offset transportation, lodging and incidental expenses. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artist. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will cover the material costs of installation and de-installation. The 31st Annual Rosen Competition & Exhibition will feature three cash prizes and all winners will be designated the Martin & Doris Rosen 31st Annual Award Winners. The top three artists will receive the following cash prizes: $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place and $1,000 for Third Place. Awards and Honoraria total $20,300. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition offers a sales program, brochure/map and 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:

Juror's Information

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.

Exhibition Guidelines

  1. The 31st 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, with an additional piece chosen for display at BRAHM. Works entered must have been completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at Appalachian State University. All artists (professional, amateur, student) are invited to participate in the 31st Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition!
  2. There is a $35 entrance fee to be considered for the 31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Sculptures must be completed and ready for installation when submitted. The entrance fee of $35 covers up to 3 sculptures; 5 images total may be uploaded; 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 and BRAHM from May 2017 until May 2018. 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 mountainous 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 18 - 20, 2017. Sculptors will be responsible for the removal of their sculptures during May 2018 – 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 juror, Greg Elliott, will announce the Martin & Doris Rosen 31st Annual Award Winners on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 AM during the Rosen Sculpture Walk as part of An 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 2017

  1. Application Information

    • Entries will be accepted beginning January 13, 2017.
    • The Application Deadline is Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 5 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.
    • There will be a $35 entry fee for the 31st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Fees cover administration costs only.
    • Please note that the submission system is completely online and that no mailed entries will be accepted.
    • Please contact Mary Anne Redding at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at 828-262-7520 for any assistance that you may need.
  2. Submitting Information & Images

    Please access 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.

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.

Contact Information

Online prospectus and exhibition archive is located at

To access the online support system please contact: