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36th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

May 23, 2022 - May 14, 2023

36th Rosen Sculpture Competition finalists

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 beautiful campus of Appalachian State University.

The competition, in its 36th year, has become firmly established as a cultural treasure and a significant point of pride for Appalachian State University and our entire region. The competition has garnered national praise for the free access to the “best of the best” in contemporary sculpture it offers for countless residents and visitors across North Carolina and beyond.

The Rosen Family proudly continues the legacy of Martin and Doris by generously supporting this important program dedicated to sharing the power and joy of public art, creating a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, and building new audiences for the visual arts.

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

For information about the 37th Rosen Sculpture Competition schedule and entry requirements, visit: 37th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place and all artists whose works are installed will receive an honorarium. The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk with the Juror in July, a highlight of the summer festival season.

For more information or to take a self-guided tour, download: 36th Rosen Sculpture Map


Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror July 9, 2022 10am – noon


36th Rosen Awards


First Place Award

Andrew Light, Divergent

Third Place Award

Kevin Curry, Lost and Found

This sculpture has been removed for the remainder of the 36th Rosen Exhibition

Second Place Award

Susan Moffatt, Sinuosity II

Honorable Mention

Kevin Eichner, Mei Amour

36th Rosen Winners Announced

36th Rosen Winners Announced

First Place Rosen Award: Andrew Light, Divergent, 2020, Steel, Lexington, KY  Boone, NC -- During a recent weekend in July, art enthusiasts attended the 36th Annual Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror. This year’s juror, renowned sculptor Elizabeth Brim from...

Sinuosity II

Sinuosity II

Susan Moffatt
Chapel Hill, NC
36th Rosen Second Place Award

Here to There

Here to There

Matthew Newman
Damascus, VA
This sculpture has been removed for the remainder of the 36th Rosen Exhibition

Mei Amour

Mei Amour

Kevin Eichner
Moncure, NC
Honorable Mention

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Kevin Curry
Tallahassee, FL
This sculpture has been removed for the remainder of the 36th Rosen Exhibition
36th Rosen Third Place Award



Andrew Light
Lexington, KY
First Place Award

About the Juror

Elizabeth Brim

This year’s competition juror is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a sculptor who uses traditional and innovative blacksmithing techniques and is best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with 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 ferrous, Brim transforms the frilly dresses, fairy tales, and gender expectations of her childhood into remarkable works of social commentary. Brim is also a teacher and lives in western North Carolina.

Elizabeth Brim website

Elizabeth Brim Interview

Elizabeth Brim: Bourdain and Craft

Elizabeth Brim: Metal Museum

Video & Connections Exhibition Guide

About the Curator

Mary Anne Redding

Mary Anne Redding is a visual arts curator and writer and serves as the curator of the Turchin Center. She has more than forty years’ experience working as a curator, archivist, librarian, educator, and arts administrator. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Ohio University, an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, as well as an advanced certificate in Museum Studies from Arizona State University. She has written and published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art. Before taking her most recent post as the Curator at the Turchin Center, Redding was the Curator at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa, for 13 months. Redding previously served for nearly 6 years as the Curator at the Turchin Center. Past positions include working as the Curator of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts and the Chair of the Photography Department at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and as the Curator of Photography for the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum. 

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. 

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 and Doris Rosen

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.

Additional images

Flickr – Installation images

Contact Us

Please address all inquires to:

36th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
PO Box 32139
423 West King Street
Boone, NC 28608

Mary Anne Redding, Curator: reddingm@appstate.edu


May 23, 2022
May 14
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