Submissions Sought for 2019/20 Nat’l Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 14th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the 11 month exhibit and will compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. Honorariums for artists accepted into the show have increased to $1250 to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).  

Organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department and presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, this unique exhibition has been recognized in local, regional, and national publications. Established and emerging artists are given the opportunity to display their inspiring and extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park, set along the banks of the Cooper River. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

A $35 entry fee allows artists to submit up to four entries. The competition is open to US residents ages 18 and older.  Sculptures are categorized in two divisions: 

Division I – Sculpture that can be secured to a concrete pad (sized 52″x49″, 65″x62″, 65″x102″, 74″x78″, 74″x96″), into the ground, or by other pre-approved anchor method

Division II – Sculpture that can be secured on a 2’w x 3’h concrete pedestal  

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Katelyn Kirnie. Kirnie has served as the Director of Public Art Chattanooga since 2016. She moved back to her hometown of Chattanooga, TN, after living and working in Portland, OR, and Boston, MA – where she managed the public art program for the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  Katelyn was introduced to the public art world early in her career as Exhibition Manager for renowned sculptor, John Henry.  She went on to establish an award winning and highly anticipated rotating mural program, dubbed The Greenway Wall, in Boston, MA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and has an extensive background in fabrication project management and exhibition production for the public realm. Katelyn is inspired by the way art and artists enhance the urban environment – adding meaning, building community, and creating connection. 

The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, February 25, 2019. Please note that the application process is conducted through an online platform (SlideRoom). Free application assistance is available in person or over the phone. Contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office at 843-740-5854 or [email protected]

The 2019/20 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition application may be accessed by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button below, or by visiting the Exhibition’s page at  

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