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Appalachian’s Rosen Sculpture Walk highlights contemporary sculpture at An Appalachian Summer Festival

By Lynn Rees-Jones

BOONE, N.C.—Award-winning sculptor Gregory Elliot, who selected the sculptures for the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, will announce winners and offer insights into his choices when he leads the Rosen Sculpture Walk with the juror.

View larger imageDepth of Form by Jacob Burmood. Sculpture installed on the campus of Appalachian State University as part of the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, presented by an Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jarrod MayesView larger imageLost Horizon by Mike Wsol. Sculpture installed on the campus of Appalachian State University as part of the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, presented by an Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jarrod MayesView larger imageTetness, the Polar Bear by James Futral. Sculpture installed on the campus of Appalachian State University as part of the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, presented by an Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jarrod MayesView larger imageDefiance, by Mark Connelley. Sculpture installed on the campus of Appalachian State University as part of the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, presented by an Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jarrod MayesView larger imageConversations by Wayne Vaughn. Sculpture installed on the campus of Appalachian State University as part of the 31st Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, presented by an Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jarrod Mayes

The walk will take place Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to noon and begins with an introduction at Appalachian State University’s Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free to the public and includes stops at 10 sculptures. Elliot is the chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The walk concludes at the Schaefer Center with the naming of the winners in this year’s competition, followed by a reception. The winners will receive cash prizes – $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

Since its establishment in 1987, the Rosen competition has showcased contemporary American sculpture outdoors across Appalachian’s campus. The national juried competition is presented by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

Two additional sculptures are included in the competition, but are not on the walk. They can be viewed at Appalachian House at 551 Bodenheimer Dr. in Boone and at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum at 159 Chestnut St. in Blowing Rock. All 12 sculptures will be on view through May 2018. For more information and a preview of this year’s Rosen Sculpture Competition artists, visit http://rosensculpture.org.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin, fulfills Appalachian State University’s long-held mission of providing a home for world-class visual arts programming. The largest facility of its kind in the region, the center presents exhibition, education and collection programs that support the university’s role as a key educational, cultural and service resource. The center presents multi-dimensional exhibits and programs and is a dynamic presence in the community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts. Its seven galleries host changing exhibitions featuring local, regional, national and international artists.

The Turchin Center is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tues. – Thurs. and Saturday, and Noon – 8 p.m., Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday, and observes all university holidays. Admission is always free, although donations are gratefully accepted. For general inquiries, to be added to the mailing or e-news list, donor program details or to schedule a tour, call 828-262-3017, e-mail turchincenter@appstate.edu or visit http://tcva.org. The Turchin Center can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter @TurchinCenter.

Sponsors

The Turchin Center receives critical support from a group of outstanding media sponsors that are dedicated to promoting the arts in our region, including: High Country 365, High Country Radio, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9 and WASU 90.5FM.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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