For the past five years, the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department has called for emerging artists all over the U.S. to compete for up to $14,750 in honorariums and awards in the Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. This year’s juror, Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Stuart Horodner, chose 11 pieces to be installed in Riverfront Park. Once the sculptures were set up, Horodner selected which pieces should receive Best in Show, Second Place, and Honorable Mention.
Winning Best in Show is George Long from Roswell, Ga. for his charming steel-made sculpture, “Two Headed Ass.” Second Place goes to “Mass Murder Machine” by Doug Barton from Athens, Ga. The two Honorable Mentions were awarded to Carl Billingsly from Ayden, N.C. for “Prism Arc S.C.” and Roger Halligan from Chattanooga, Tenn. for “Fools Buoy.” Though North Charlestonian Jim Shultz may not have won an award, he is the sole artist representing South Carolina in the exhibition.
There are two divisions in which the sculptures are placed: Division I features large-scale pieces that are mounted to a concrete pad or in the grass, and Division II (where Shultz’s “End of Time” piece proudly stands on its own), featuring smaller pieces put on a pedestal. You can find Shultz’s “End of Time” and the other works of art on display throughout Riverfront Park until March 25 of next year.
For more information about this year’s exhibit, or if you want to stay updated on the 2011 Sculpture Competition, call (843) 740-5854 or visit northcharleston.org.