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Sculptor Trace O’Connor holds residency at Appalachian

traceoconnor_t.jpgBOONE—Artist Trace O’Connor will hold a residency at Appalachian State University March 1-5.

O’Connor’s sculpture “Iscariot” won the Martin and Doris Rosen Outdoor Sculpture competition held on campus. His visit is part of the Rosen Artist Residency program.

During his residency, O’Connor will present a public lecture on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the Turchin Center for the Visual Art’s Lecture Hall Room 1102.  A reception will follow.

He also will lecture, create a project with students and provide group and individual art critiques while on campus.

O’Connor works predominantly with welded steel, as well as wood, cement, marble, bronze, plaster and leather. “Almost everything I employ is used in some fashion which gives my work an eco-friendly look, and also gives viewers a common language to greet and digest my aesthetic,” O’Connor said. “‘Oh that used to be one of those … you know … things’ is often overheard amongst gallery patrons.”

“Iscariot,” a mythological woman/octopus hybrid made from recycled steel, is on display in front of Wey Hall.

Established in 1987, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center as a part of An Appalachian Summer Festival.  Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, the competition continues a long-held tradition of displaying the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture.