Art in Public Places sculptures selected
Six new works to be installed Aug.5
By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | July 31, 2013Sculptors from around the Southeast will visit downtown Bristol Aug. 5 to install the winning sculptures in Art in Public Places' 2013-14 Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
Art in Public Places has hosted the Outdoor Sculpture Competition since 2005. Six new sculptures have been selected to appear in the eighth annual exhibition. The winning sculptures are:
"Bearing the Weight of Labor" by Kevin Vanek, Greenville, N.C.
"Bramble Tunnel" by Cathy Perry, Greenville, N.C.
"He Always Carried It With Him" by Charlie Brouwer, Willis, Va.
"Learn To Fly" by Brian Glaze, Hendersonville, N.C.
"Orange Blast" by Matthew R. Sharp, Red Springs, N.C.
"She's a Fine Tall Woman" by Rudy Rudisill, Gastonia, N.C.
The winning pieces were selected by 2013 juror Emily Smith from 52 entries by 26 artists.
Smith is the executive director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Va. 1708 Gallery organizes six to eight exhibitions per year, including InLight Richmond, its one-night public exhibition of light-based art and performance.
A reception will be held the evening of Aug. 5 for the artists, juror and sponsors. As part of the reception, Art in Public Places will host two additional competitions, Food As Art and Flowers As Art. Food As Art challenges the local culinary community to create edible sculpture or artistically designed food displays. Flowers As Art is a similar competition, which challenges local florists, garden clubs, and floral designers to create sculptural floral arrangements. Food As Art and Flowers As Art entries will be judged by juror Emily Smith, and cash prizes awarded to the winning participants.
Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tenn., and Bristol, Va., city governments. Art in Public Places installs art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artist submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.
"Bearing the Weight of Labor" by Kevin Vanek portrays a reconstructed forklift made of the pallets it would have moved.
"He Always Carried It With Him" by Charlie Brouwer represents dependence on the natural world.
"Bramble Tunnel" by Cathy Perry reflects the unrestricted joy of running wild on the farm.
"Orange Blast" by Matthew R. Sharp is colorful sculptural art that reflects his interest in fantasy, cartoons and pop culture.
"Learn to Fly" by Brian Glaze deals with capturing moments in time, points that may seem to be overlooked or simply not witnessed by the naked eye.