Artist: Beth Nybeck, Kansas City, MO
Media: Stainless Steel
Location: Bristol, TN Courthouse
There are different moments throughout life when we have an inner calling to break away from the pack. The moment someone does break away on their own it is a beautiful and terrifying journey This sculpture embodies the blur and rush that happens when one dares to run to a rhythm they have developed and in a direction they have forged.
Beth Nybeck received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern lowa. Her emphasis area and passion is in sculpture and she works primarily with metal. She uses abstraction as a method of manipulating forms and ideas into sculptures. Beth's work has been exhibited in lowa, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, lllinois, Indiana. and Missouri. Her two most recent public commissioned works are located in Newark, New Jersey and Orange County, California.
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Artist: Joseph Bigley, Boone, NC
Media: Cast Bronze, Steel & Brass
Location: The Downtown Center
Pairing elements of geometry with organic forms, this work is derived from observations of the interaction between humanity and nature. A symbiotic relationship, that at times at odds with each other, the push and pull between the two parties may be interpreted through a sense of implied movement. The use of found natural wood objects re-appropriated into a more permanent form reflects a tendency of man to domesticate the natural world and to seek out more permanence while facing a fleeting personal existence.
A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Joseph Bigley is a visual artist working in many media and methodologies. He received an MFA in Sculptural Dimensional Studies from Alfred University in 2004. He currently is an adjunct professor of sculpture at Appalchian State University and is based out of Boone, NC.
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Artist: Paris Alexander, Raleigh, NC
Media: Carved Limestone
Location: Bristol Public Library
I have worked on the portal series for at least 12 years and have produced dozens of works related to or inspired by these “barrier doorways”. Several of these works have resulted in several tons of permanently installed sculptures, Jacob’s Ladder had a more direct lineage, working with the rectangular form, the doorway, that it of itself represents my planning, as minimal as it is.
Paris Alexander was born and raised in New York City where he studied art from early childhood. Since establishing himself in NC, Alexander’s work has been exhibited widely including galleries, universities, and museums, with numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collection of Wake Med, Duke University, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former president Bill Clinton, Senator Bob Dole, and many others.
Paris is also a well-known instructor in sculpture, drawing, and anatomy. Besides teaching privately, he has been an instructor for several NC Arts councils, the Artspace Arts and Outreach Programs, and the NC Museum of Art Outreach Program.
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Artist: Jon Mehlferber, Dahlonega, GA
Location: Anderson Street Park
This work was inspired by the simple, graceful curve that results from bending a thin strip of wood. It is intentionally “rough hewn” and “scarified” in a manner that is reminiscent of marks found on some African masks and sculpture. At the same time, it also recalls some of the work of Constantin Brancusi, especially the geometric form he used for his “Endless Column” series. The honesty and directness of the methods used in its fabrication offer visual evidence and a “history” that invite the viewer to interact with the piece—mentally, if not physically—and imagine its creation.
Jon Mehlferber received both his M.F.A. in Sculpture and his Ph.D. in Art Theory and Criticism from the University of Georgia. He has a strong personal interest in an eclectic range of subjects, including: physics, old-time music, mythology, and a number of environmental and social issues. Jon’s artworks have been featured in more than a hundred regional, national, and international exhibitions, and he has also conducted numerous workshops and lectures. Mehlferber is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
Artist: Adam Walls, Laurinburg, NC
Location: Anderson Street Park
Mother and child is an abstract depiction of a child nestled next to their mothers. It is most effective when rain water pours from the mouth of the larger form into the mouth of the smaller. I see this as being symbolic of the sharing of nourishment, love, and life between and mother and a child.
I have been creating large scale public sculpture for almost ten years now, but art and teaching have been my lifelong pursuits. Whenever I feel that I have mastered one art form, I move to the next. Large scale sculpture has proven to be enough of a challenge for almost a decade and I suspect that it will be more than another before I feel that I have mastered it.
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Artist: Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, NC
Media: Rusted Steel
Location: WCYB Plaza
Hanna Jubran received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Sculpture Professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Hanna’s work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. The work does not rely on one media to evoke the intended response, but takes advantage of compatible materials such as wood, granite, steel, stainless steel, iron and bronze. Hanna regularly participates in International art shows, competitions and symposiums. Some of his most recent activities are: The creation of “A Monument to a Century of Flight” in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; The International Sculpture Biennale, Chaco, Argentina; The Elements of the Earth Symposium at Pedvale Sculpture Park, Sabile, Latvia, The International Wood carving Symposium, St. Blasien, Germany; The International Sculpture Symposium in Pirkkala, Finland; Tultepec, Mexico Monumental Sculpture Symposium; The international sculpture symposiums in: Jish, Israel; Ma’llot, Israel; Cayo Largo, Cuba; Granby, Canada; Kemijarvi, Finland; The international Sculpture Symposium and Conference in Europas Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania and The Toyamura International Sculpture Biennial at Toyamura Japan-where he received semi-grand prize. Every symposium Hanna participates in, the sculpture created is retained as part of the town or organizations permanent collection. Hanna is consistent in his pursuit of creating enjoyable sculptures for private and corporate collections.
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Artist: Wayne Trapp, Vilas, NC
Media: Powder Coated Mild Steel
Location: Bristol Public Library
The idea for this piece came from a recent trip to the beach where1 observed a preponderance of sailboats, and further out in the bay were the buoys. And that's what this piece is about It could be called "Memories of the Beach". It is mild steel that has been primed and powder coated. It too, should allow the viewer's imagination to soar.
My studies took me from graduating from the Art Institute in Pittsburg along to Carnegie Mellon. From there to the Arts Student League in New York to study figure drawing. Then night class at Pratt studying print making, and ending at Ohio State University studying sculpture. Attached is a list of corporate clients who own my work.
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Artist: Davis Whitfield, Mountain City, TN
Media: Cor-ten Steel
Location: Cumberland Park
For me, public sculpture is about engaging people to interact with art. By igniting the imagination of the viewer, sculpture allows us to revisit our childhoods, thinking in ways that most of us have not thought in ages. Public sculpture can be interpreted however the viewer pleases. Recognizable shapes and forms become expressed in new context. For this reason, I typically shy away from speaking specifically about my inspiration for a particular piece of sculpture so I do not limit what the viewer may come up with on their own. “Tango for You” is an abstraction of two lovers dancing the tango. The taller form represents the man, the other form with its bulleted cut-outs represent the ruffles of the tango dress.
I have been an artist for as long as I have memories. Although my father wanted me to major in Biology to take over the family business in Mississippi, I went against tradition and graduated with a double major in painting and sculpture from Delta State University. For ten years I have been privileged enough to be the apprentice to renowned sculptor and painter, Wayne Trapp. My partnership with Wayne has allowed for my continual growth in making large, outdoor abstract sculpture and when not working with Wayne, I spend my time finding my own voice in the world of art.
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