2015-16 Sculpture Competition

Bear in a Tree

Artist: Jim Collins, Signal Mountain, TN
Media: Corten steel
Location: Anderson Park

One in a recent series using the Black Bear as subject for my silhouette work.

Jim Collins is primarily a Public Art sculptor working in a figurative manner, best exemplified by his long running series the WATCHER. His sculpture style has been characterized by the use of silhouettes of people and animals constructed of stainless steel, aluminum and other metals. Collins was a Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1966 until 1983. He received degrees from Marshall University in West Virginia, the University of Michigan, and a M.F.A. degree in sculpture from Ohio University. There is more information in the Dictionary of American Sculptors and Who’s Who in American Art.

Visit www.jimcollins3d.com to learn more about Jim Collins.

Cascade

Artist: Robert Pulley, Columbia, IN
Media: Stoneware clay and steel armature
Location: Cumberland Square Park

"Cascade" is an organic abstract sculpture that strongly suggests a torso in shape. Fissures, contrasting textures and blocky outcroppings suggest ancient geology. Natural colors add interest.The sculpture is hand built from coils of clay. It consists of 51 hollow blocks bolted together in courses around a central steel shaft that anchors to a concrete pad. The final course is adhered with a bead of silicone sealer. The artist will assemble without special equipment. Electricity will be needed to power a hammer drill to sink anchors.

I was born and raised in a small northern Indiana city. I roamed the fields, hills, woods and streams near my home and was fascinated by the forms of nature around me, the varieties of plants and animals, the geology of land, stones and streams, the sense of age, life and death. Eventually, I came to understand that the myriad manifestations of form were evidence of an awesomely complex interaction of energy in time. In my sculpture I try to suggest this sense of energy in flux and man’s place within this system of forces.

Visit www.robertpulley.com to learn more about Robert Pulley.

Earthen Dancer

Artist: Glenn Zweygardt, Alfred Station, NY
Media: Steel, stainless steel, enameled steel, ductile iron and granite
Location: TriSummit Bank Plaza

This sculpture, EARTHEN DANCER, was created over a number of years, but finally fabricated this year in the spring. The seminal form for the sculpture is the anthropomorphic root mass on top of the globe. I found it growing through a pile of metal that I had amassed outdoors. The spirals that terminate the arms of the roots were cut on my computerized plasma cutter. The addition of these elemental symbols gives the sculpture a frenetic energy. It is as if an earthen Shiva sprang from the ground and is now performing its dance of creation on a column of stone.

Born and raised in northwest Kansas, Glenn Zweygardt received his BFA from Wichita State University in sculpture and painting. He then earned his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. For over 40 years, Glenn has been an active sculptor and educator. With more than 50 solo exhibitions and multiple purchase awards to his name, he shows works both nationally and internationally. His sculptures are included in many university, museum, outdoor and private collections. Now an emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Glenn continues to make signature sculptures in his Alfred Station studio. His creations of steel, ductile iron, stainless steel, cast glass, cast bronze and aluminum are often combined with stone from around the world. These sculptures range from monumental outdoor works to small, intimate pieces.

Visit www.glennzweygardt.com to learn more about Glenn Zweygardt.

Icarus Stela, the Rise and Fall

Artist: Paris Alexander, Raleigh, NC
Media: Limestone, granite with gilding
Location: The Downtown Center

My mother named me after "Paris" of Troy from the story of the Iliad, which left me with a life long appreciation of the mythology parables. This work is my own nostalgic homage to the story of "Icarus". I chose a very classical approach and finish, because that is my intent as is the form of a Stela sculpture, specifically because of its historical approach. A monument that tells a visual story. I have the mechanical equipment to install this work and will only require some basic physical assistance.

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,UNC Chapel Hill, 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.

Visit www.parisalexander.org to learn more about Paris Alexander.

Lullaby

Artist: Scott Wallace, Hendricks, MN
Media: Bronze and pre-cast concrete
Location: Bristol Public Library, upper level

My past and current works typically celebrate our culture and life’s experiences through metaphor and/or representational objects. Ideas are generally manifest through the embellishment of form and the exploitation of scale. "Lullaby" was inspired by the lulling sound of waves gently lapping upon a shoreline.

The focus of Scott Wallace’s studio work is the development, production, exhibition and permanent siting of large-scale public sculpture. Large-scale works have been exhibited or permanently installed in Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Scott lives and maintains his studio in rural southwest Minnesota near the South Dakota border. He currently holds the position of Professor of Art at South Dakota State University.