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26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition An outdoor exhibition program presented by An Appalachian Summer Festival and sponsored by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University. Made possible in part by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of contemporary American sculpture. Each year sculptures are selected for exhibition and are in outdoor, public settings across campus. Since its establishment in 1987, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition has become an integral part of An Appalachian university annual Summer Festival, the university’s multi-arts celebration.

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Site 1 Wayne Trapp

(Vilas, N.C.) Powder coated mild steel 2012 10'H x 5'W x 4'D $25,000

Double Half in Balance Artist Statement This year I’m happily celebrating 50 years of making sculpture. As every artist knows, when you create something, it takes a lot of energy to make it a reality. But in so doing you get back even more energy to continue on. This most recent sculpture Double Half in Balance is a good example of the magic of materials. By that I mean, being able to cantilever a huge amount of weight and have it appear suspended in space - thus creating dynamic tension between the forms.

Site 2 Jonathan Hils

(Norman, Okla.) Welded and painted steel 2009 5'10"H x 4'11"W x 3'2"D $9,200

Camber Artist Statement My work draws upon both biological and systemic aesthetics found in nature and industry. Surface, volume and light generally mediate an experience of delicacy translated in meticulously fabricated steel that mimics organic abstract structures that are both solid and void at the same time. I'm interested in the interaction of seeing the entire sculpture in one sense, but never really seeing it the same way twice. I want my work to be in a visual flux and never one thing at one time. I see this as a metaphor for the way the world really works, stripped of the emotional and political connotations we generally assign to things or actions.


INTER-SECTIONS Artist Statement

3rd place

Inspiration for the sculpture’s theme was a “found object” uncovered in a scrap yard which becomes the strong circle element in the center. For me, its shape, size and position translated into the intersection of life's cycles, the turning point from which life's paths can be followed or passed up. (Or, as Yogi Berra said, "When you get to a fork in the road, take it!") c Good public art creates a dialogue among its artists, its community and its audience…it can challenge the intellect, it can calm the spirit, it can help interpret its environment, or mark the importance of its existence. It can bring joy and it can reflect sorrow. It can remind. When it is done well, it can, and it will, excite, catalyze, challenge and inspire. (see website for full artist statement)

Site 3 Jerome Harris Parmet (Scarsdale, N.Y.) Welded and painted steel 2012 4'11"H x 6'W x 6'D $33,400

Site 4 Kevin Michael Vanek (Bowling Green, Ohio) Fabricated mild steel 2010 11'H x 4'W x 1'10"D $6,670

One Big Scoop Artist Statement

With my sculpture, homage is paid to the grandeur and misery found in industry and the labor class that occupies it. Th Through the sculptural object making of commonly recognized tools and equipment, an affiliation towards labor is built towards the sculptures. Then, with the manipulation of size, material, color and function, empathy is formed for the objects they represent. My hope is for the viewer to understand that there is a respect to be had towards industry and a beauty to be seen within the machinery and material used therein. By singling out only pieces of structural forms that represent a laborious task, attention is given to the individuals who had a hand in the overall construction.


Site 5 Joey Manson (Central, S.C.) Steel 2012 7'H x 3'W x 3'D $25,000

Carry Forward Artist Statement Carry Forward is an optimistic look at expectations of the future while absorbing losses of the past.

Site 6 Kyle Van Lusk

(Brevard, N.C.) Steel and cast iron 2012 11'H x 5'W x 2'D $16,670

Journey to the top of Looking Glass Artist Statement I strive to create c work that is engaging, original and has a strong visual impact on the viewer. I primarily work non-objectively, however, I often use familiar proportions and reference "real world" forms and ideas. I believe that sculpture should be exciting and new to the viewer and yet still contain an element of familiarity. My hope is that, upon experiencing my sculpture, the viewer experiences the feeling of being shown something they have never seen before yet still have a strong, indefinable and compelling connection with.


Comet Artist Statement I don't know whether I become a part of my work or my work becomes a part of me, but the exciting process of envisioning, sketching, building and installing is what I enjoy the most.

Site 7 James Westermann

(Morrisville, Vt.) Steel, stainless steel, and stone 2010 15'H x 4'W x 4'D $7,000

Trojan Ocarina Artist Statement My sculptures develop from a form and gesture vocabulary that started to build when I moved to Florida as a 7-year-old child and observed or played with ocean creatures, insects and strange subtropical plants. The nature investigations have continued and currently focus on Ohio pond life, including microscopic forms and tide pools of coastal Northern Ireland and Donegal, Ireland as well as reinvestigated Florida forms. sculptu The sculptures often do not directly represent animals or plants but do catch the gesture and spirit of bio forms. The complex lost wax b bronze casting process becomes an important part of expression in the sculptures. Although I pour wax into traditionally pulled molds from full scale plaster sculpture models, I also like working the wax directly through flattening and folding as well as pinching and pushing. That manipulation can give a tactile jolt that is directly translated into the bronze that is poured into the refractory molds from which the wax has been melted.

Site 8 Judith Greavu

(Dola, Ohio) Silicon and bronze 2011 4'3"H x 5'2"W x 3'10"D $20,000


Home Sweet Home Artist Statement


Vague overtures to the psychosexual ramifications of good bourbon and long drives in the country. Images on the shoulders of other images, moving, always moving, in transition, transcending, changing, always changing. Drawn from visual memory; from subconscious connections with the relationship of physical elements to their symbolic implications; personal, cultural, and historical. Fleeting time, change, e erosion, implosion, explosion, divestiture, mergers, rust and renewal. Common, uncommon, bland, dull, repetitive, fresh, new, the same; only different. Microseism, mirror, challenge, threat; so many days so little time. Comfort cousin, discomfort sister, today never comes. Freezing time, each image - specific to itself - a fragment of the continuum of production. Light scatters, gathers, darkness comes and goes. Eyesight, hindsight, blindside, upside down banana.

Site 9 Rudy Rudisill Site 10 Wayne Vaughn

(Durham, N.C.) Patinated and fauxed steel 2009 9'H x 13'W x 11'D $33,000

(Gastonia, N.C.) Galvanized steel 2009 7'7"H x 4'1.5"W x 4'1"D $11,670

Auf Einer Winternacht (On a Winter’s Night) Artist Statement

2nd place

The concept for Auf Einer Winternacht was conceived one cold winter's night. The interlocking structure was a journey in learning new forms of connectivity using various shapes, thickness and profiles. My attempt is to bring animation to the dark drama of a winter's night.


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S culpture Sites Site 1 Wayne Trapp Double Half in Balance

Site 2 Jonathan Hils Camber

Site 3 Jerome Harris Parmet INTER-SECTIONS

Site 4 Kevin Michael Vanek One Big Scoop


Site 5

Site 9

Joey Manson Carry Forward

Rudy Rudisill Home Sweet Home

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Site 10

Kyle Van Lusk Journey to the top of Looking Glass

Site 7 James Westermann Comet

Site 8 Judith Greavu Trojan Ocarina

Wayne Vaughn Auf Einer Winternacht (On a Winter’s Night)


For More Information For more information on sculptures, please visit Every year, the Rosen Sculpture program develops a brochure that will be unveiled during the annual Sculpture Walk, scheduled on July 28th, 2012. If you would like a complimentary copy to be mailed to you, please visit our website at to electronically submit your request or call (828) 262-3017. The Rosen Sculptu Sculpture Program is a component of An Appalachian Summer Festival with support from the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit or Please contact the Turchin Center’s reception desk at (828) 262-3017 or e-mail to schedule a tour. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Acknowledgements The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition could not have been realized without the generous support of the following individuals and organizations. Patrons: Martin & Doris Rosen Jury Panel: Brook Bower, Hank T. Foreman and Roy Strassberg The staff of An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Office of Arts and Cultural Programs The sta staff of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts Boone Crane, Inc. Gallery Assistants: Ben Jackson and Care Rein Photographers: Amanda Getty and Troy Tuttle, University Communications Graphic Designer: Derek Wycoff, University Communications Website Designer: Pete Montaldi, University Communications Landscape Services: Jim Bryan, and the Grounds Crew Publication copyright Š 2012 Appalachian State University Printed by Precision Printing. 1,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $1,500 or $1.50 per copy. Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, p and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.


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Rosen Catalog 2012  

An Appalachian State University and Turchin Center Arts catalog profiling all of the 2012 Rosen Sculpture entries.

Rosen Catalog 2012  

An Appalachian State University and Turchin Center Arts catalog profiling all of the 2012 Rosen Sculpture entries.