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36th Rosen Sculpture Walk with the Juror

July 9, 2022 | 10:00 am

36th Rosen Sculpture Finalists

A legacy of artistic excellence

The Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by An Appalachian Summer Festival and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. Since its establishment by Martin and Doris Rosen in 1987, the Rosen Competition continues a tradition of showcasing contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the beautiful campus of Appalachian State University.

Celebrating its 36th anniversary in the summer of 2022, the competition has become firmly established as a cultural treasure and a significant point of pride for Appalachian State University and our entire region. The competition has garnered national praise for the free access to the “best of the best” in contemporary sculpture it offers for countless residents and visitors across North Carolina and beyond.

The Rosen Family proudly continues the legacy of Martin and Doris by generously supporting this important program dedicated to sharing the power and joy of public art, creating a fascinating glimpse into the world of contemporary sculpture, and building new audiences for the visual arts.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. (participants will gather outdoors, at the reception tent adjacent to the center).

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 9 from 10am-Noon.

COST: Event is FREE

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

(pictured above) Arts lovers gather for the 35th Rosen Sculpture Walk with juror Rachel Stevens as she presents the second place sculpture: Steampunk Babylon by Charles Pilkey.

Celebrate with us this summer!

This year, 10 sculptures have been selected and installed on the campus. Cash prizes are awarded to three artists whose work is chosen by the juror.

To celebrate the competition’s 36th anniversary, join juror Elizabeth Brim on an educational outdoor tour of the sculpture finalists. The tour concludes with an awards presentation and outdoor boxed lunch reception in the festival tent adjacent to the Schaefer Center.

The Rosen Sculpture Walk will take place rain or shine. In the event of heavy rain, a presentation by the juror, including images of the sculptures, will be held indoors at the Schaefer Center.

This program is made possible by the generous support the Martin & Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen and the Charles & Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

For more information about the sculptures and sculptors in this year’s competition, visit the Rosen Sculpture Competition Exhibition website.

About the Juror


Anna Deveare Smith

This year’s competition juror is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a sculptor who uses traditional and innovative blacksmithing techniques and is best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Quite unexpectedly, she fell in love with iron. With a unique juxtaposition of the feminine and the ferrous, Brim transforms the frilly dresses, fairy tales, and gender expectations of her childhood into remarkable works of social commentary. Brim is also a teacher and lives in western North Carolina.

Elizabeth Brim website

Elizabeth Brim Interview

Elizabeth Brim: Bourdain and Craft

Elizabeth Brim: Metal Museum

A Special Thanks to the Rosen Family


Anna Deveare Smith
Anna Deveare Smith

Martin & Doris Rosen

Vision, generosity, and a pursuit of excellence are some of the many qualities that characterized the lives of Martin and Doris Rosen. From their years devoted to building a successful business, to their lives after retirement, revolving around family, philanthropy, and a commitment to the arts, this exceptional couple left an indelible mark on the communities in which they lived and worked.

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Rosen Family, Martin and Doris’s legacy of support for quality visual arts programming has been continued by their children, and enables this beloved exhibition program to continue to develop and flourish. In July 1997, the Rosens donated Hephaestus, a large commissioned sculpture by Bruce White, to Appalachian State’s Permanent Collection, and it adorns the Rivers Street frontage area of the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts to this day.

On the occasion of the Rosens’ 50th wedding anniversary in October 1999, their children established the Martin and Doris Rosen Scholarship to assist rising junior or senior art majors at Appalachian State. Tireless supporters of the arts, the Rosen Family has given so much of themselves over the years to ensure that the arts remain a strong foundation of campus and community life in the High Country. We wish to extend to them our deepest appreciation.


July 9, 2022
10:00 am
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