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


33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2019-2020)

2019-2020 Calendar

Jan. 14, 2019 Online Registration System Opens
Feb. 22, 2019 (5 p.m. EST) Deadline for Entries
Mar. 29, 2019 Notifications Emailed
May 23 - 24, 2019 Installation Dates
May 2019 - May 2020 Exhibition Dates
Jul. 27, 2019 @ 10 a.m. Rosen Sculpture Walk & Reception
May 2020 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 annual summer arts celebration, 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 jurors for display on the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) campus, just a short distance from the university. 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.

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. The 11th sculpture chosen by the jurors 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 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 33rd Anniversary Rosen Competition & Exhibition will feature three cash prizes and all winners will be designated the Martin & Doris Rosen 33rd Anniversary 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 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:

Juror's Information

This year’s competition juror is Bill Brown. Bill Brown has been a full-time studio sculptor since 1978. He divides his artistic energy between creating individual sculptures, and sculptural commission work. In 1981, Brown opened the Anvil Arts Studio which includes his studio, a gallery and outdoor sculpture garden. His work is included in private collections throughout North America. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions, invitationals and gallery installations. Brown writes: “The sculpture I create is an artistic transformation of life experiences, and my interpretation of the natural and spiritual world around me. My work involves the exploration of the plasticity of steel, and the challenges of transforming materials, thought, and energy into art.”

The Turchin Center is proud to welcome Bill as our distinguished juror for the 33nd ANNUAL ROSEN OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION & EXHIBITION 2019-2020.

Exhibition Guidelines

  1. The 33rd 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 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition!

  2. There is a $35 entrance fee to be considered for the 32nd 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 to; 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 2019 until May 2020. 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 23-24, 2019. Sculptors will be responsible for the removal of their sculptures during May 2020 – 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, Bill Brown will announce the Martin & Doris Rosen 33rd Annual Award Winners on Saturday, July 27, 2019 during the annual Rosen Sculpture Walk, 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 2019

  1. Application Information

    • Entries will be accepted beginning January 14, 2019.
    • The application deadline is Saturday, February 22, 2019 @ 5 PM EST. No late entries will be accepted.
    • There will be a $35 entry fee for the 33rd 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 (preferred contact) or (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: