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34th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Jun 1, 2020 - Apr 15, 2021

Hanna Jubran Light Pulse - 34th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Light Pulse by Hanna Jubran, 34th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the Rosen Competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. This year, nine sculptures have been selected, with an additional work of sculpture installed at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM).

Due to COVID-19, the 34th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition has been modified. Juror Rachel Stevens will host a virtual tour of this year’s sculpture finalists on July 25 2020 at 10 am. The award winners will be announced during the 2021 Appalachian Summer Festival. Cash prizes are awarded to three artists whose work is chosen by the juror.

This program is made possible by the generous support the Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen and the Charles &; Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.



Rudy Rudisill
Gastonia, NC



Joan Benefiel
Brooklyn, NY
1st Place Rosen Winner



Tom Scicluna
Miami, FL

Blue Nautilus

Blue Nautilus

Gretchen Lotz
Orlando, FL
35th Rosen Honorable Mention

Virtual Sculpture Walk with the Juror

About the Juror

A native of the Northeast (Connecticut, Maryland and New York), Rachel Stevens received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and her MFA from Syracuse University. She attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while still an undergrad at MICA. Rachel’s passion for art serves as a flying carpet of sorts, inspiring travels to many countries around the world, including a Fulbright to Nepal. While in Nepal, Rachel studied ancient copper casting techniques practiced by Newari Buddhist icon makers and sojourned to sites that are sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. These experiences culminated in her collaboration with the copper artisans of Sulav Studios, in Patan, Nepal, and the creation of two contemporary installations that conceptually and aesthetically blend elements of East and West. Rachel remains active with the Fulbright program. She served as a Program Reviewer from 2007-09 and was appointed a Fulbright Ambassador in 2010. In this capacity she promotes the Fulbright program to university communities and artist residencies across the United States. Rachel exhibits her sculpture nationally and is represented by Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. She lovingly restored a historic adobe duplex located in downtown Las Cruces, NM that serves as her home base and studio. Rachel has taught sculpture at New Mexico State University since 1994.

For Artists

34th Rosen Entries Now Complete

The deadline for entries for the 34th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition has now passed. For those who have entered, please refer to our website calendar for upcoming dates regarding the 2020-2021 competition.


Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror: Virtual Tour
July 25 @ 10:00 am

Online Registration System Opens for 35th Rosen
January 10, 2022

Deadline for Entries for 35th Rosen
February 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm est

Notifications Emails for 34th Rosen
March 31, 2022

De-installation for 34th Rosen and Installation for 35th Rosen
May 2022

Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian

Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian

About the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

This nationally recognized juried competition, established in 1987, has long been credited with enhancing the cultural landscape of the High Country region, while serving as a highlight and point of pride for the university’s summer arts festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival.

Reflecting the vision and generosity of Martin and Doris Rosen, an extraordinary couple whose lives were shaped by the spirit of public service and philanthropy, the competition brings a remarkable array of contemporary sculpture to our campus and community.

Each year, ten sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as each year’s Rosen Award winner, which is announced by the juror at the popular Annual Sculpture Walk, a highlight of every summer festival season. In the last several years, two additional sculptures have been selected. One is installed on campus at Appalachian House and another at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Over the years, the exhibition program has earned an international reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary sculpture, and has become a source of inspiration for thousands of visitors, area residents, and members of the university community who enjoy access to a diverse and ever-changing selection of outdoor sculpture each season.


Martin & Doris Rosen

Vision, generosity, and a pursuit of excellence are some of the many qualities that characterized the lives of Martin and Doris Rosen. From their years devoted to building a successful business, to their lives after retirement, revolving around family, philanthropy, and a commitment to the arts, this exceptional couple left an indelible mark on the communities in which they lived and worked.

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Rosen Family, Martin and Doris’s legacy of support for quality visual arts programming has been continued by their children, and enables this beloved exhibition program to continue to develop and flourish.

In July 1997, the Rosens donated Hephaestus, a large commissioned sculpture by Bruce White, to Appalachian State’s Permanent Collection, and it adorns the Rivers Street frontage area of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts to this day.

On the occasion of the Rosens’ 50th wedding anniversary in October 1999, their children established the Martin and Doris Rosen Scholarship to assist rising junior or senior art majors at Appalachian State. Tireless supporters of the arts, the Rosen Family has given so much of themselves over the years to ensure that the arts remain a strong foundation of campus and community life in the High Country. We wish to extend to them our deepest appreciation.

Martin and Doris Rosen

Contact Us

Please address all inquires to:

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
c/o Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
PO Box 32139
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28608