AAME presents Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Competition 200603.20.2006
Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, with assistance from the cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Virginia, and the Art Department of Virginia Intermont College, presents its first Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The inaugural 2006 competition coincides with the 150th anniversary of the cities of Bristol, and is an official Sesquicentennial Event. It is hoped that the competition will become a regular event, contributing to the quality of life and continued revitalization of downtown Bristol.
Entries are currently being solicited from various sculptors' organizations throughout the country. Up to 3 sculptures may be submitted, and an application fee of $15.00 for any three sculptures submitted for consideration does apply.
Our juror is Hank Foreman, Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and an exhibiting studio artist.
As many as six sculptures will be chosen to be displayed in outdoor public areas on both sides of Bristol for one full year.
Installation and de-installation will be carried out by city workers from both sides of town and overseen by Marvin Tadlock, noted local sculptor and professor at Virginia Intermont College, and his students. Tadlock's group will also carry out any necessary maintenance of the pieces during the year.
The cities will cover insurance of the sculptures. Individual sculptures will be sponsored by local businesses or organizations at a fee of $3,000 per site.
On August 31, 2006, there will be a "Grand Opening" event, including a reception for sponsors and the general public at the new Bristol Public Library. A Walking Tour leaflet as well as a catalog featuring photographs of the sculptures and information about the artists and juror, the project, the cities of Bristol, the sponsors, and Arts Alliance Mountain Empire.
A videotape will be made of the installation and will be shown throughout the reception. Various individuals will be interviewed during the reception and walking tour, and the recordings will be archived by Arts Alliance Mountain Empire.
After the works are installed, a "People's Choice" Award will be announced later in the year.
Click here for more information, or to enter the competition.