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


34th Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2020-2021)

2020-2021 Calendar

Jan. 13, 2020 Online Registration System Opens
Feb. 28, 2020 @ 5 PM EST Deadline for Entries
Mar. 31, 2020 Notifications Emailed
May 21 - 22, 2020 Installation Dates
May 2020 - May 2021 Exhibition Dates
Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020 @ 10 AM Rosen Sculpture Walk & Reception
May 2021 De-installation

This nationally recognized juried sculpture 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 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 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 34th Anniversary Rosen Competition & Exhibition will feature three cash prizes and all winners will be designated the Martin & Doris Rosen 34th 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 Rachel Stevens. Rachel Stevens is an Emeritus Professor of Art at New Mexico State University where she taught sculpture since 1994. She spent the better part of 2017-18 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Ukraine where she completed an exhibition, A Key to the City: Three Ways of Visualizing Jewish Heritage in Lviv. Stevens’ proposal was an artistic embodiment of the Hebrew term” tikkun olam,” often translated as a call to repair the world. The exhibition was sponsored by Fulbright Ukraine, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe. In 2006 Stevens received her first Fulbright to study in Nepal where she collaborated with Newari Buddhist icon makers to learn the art of ancient copper casting. Stevens exhibits her sculpture internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant and several artist residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ucross Foundation, and the Santa Fe Art Institute."

The Turchin Center is proud to welcome Rachel Stevens as our distinguished juror for the 34th ANNUAL ROSEN OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION & EXHIBITION 2020-2021.

Exhibition Guidelines

  1. The 34th 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 (10) 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 34th Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition!

  2. There is a $35 entrance fee to be considered for the 34th 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 2020 until May 2021. 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 21-22, 2020. Sculptors will be responsible for the removal of their sculptures during May 2021 – 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, Rachel Stevens will announce the Martin & Doris Rosen 34th Annual Award Winners on Saturday, July 25, 2020 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 2020

  1. Application Information

    • Entries will be accepted beginning January 13, 2020.
    • The application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5 PM EST. No late entries will be accepted.
    • There will be a $35 entry fee for the 34th 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: