August 04, 2014
Sculptors from around the US visited downtown Bristol, TN and VA, on August 4, 2014, to install the winning sculptures in Art in Public Places' 2014 Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
Art in Public Places has hosted the Outdoor Sculpture Competition since 2005. Four new sculptures have been selected to appear in the ninth annual exhibition.
“Corps de Ballet” by Michael Bednar of Charlottesville, VA, located at WCYB Plaza.
“Hummingbird” by Dalia Delanuez of Greenville, SC, located at Bristol Tennessee Courthouse.
“Indian Summer” by Cathy Perry of Chocowinity, NC, located at Anderson Park.
“Tractor Fin” by Kurt Dyrhaug of Beaumont, TX, located at Anderson Park.
The winning pieces were selected by 2014 juror Steven Matijcio from a pool of eighty-eighty entries by forty-one artists.
Matijcio is the curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position he served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 2008-2013. Matijcio is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York, and has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums, including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, Canada), the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, Canada), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada.
Matijcio was honored in 2010 with a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award for his expansive project “paperless.” In the summer of 2011 he was chosen from an international pool of candidates to participate in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea (as part of the Gwangju Design Biennale) and Berlin, Germany (as part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s “Synapse” project exploring the relationship between art & science). In the fall of 2012 he curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, which involved a city-wide program of installations, interventions and video projections upon the surfaces of historic buildings. Matijcio’s 2013 essay “Nothing to See Here: The Denial of Vision in Media Art” was recently accepted into the RENEW: Media Art Histories Conference in Riga, Latvia.
Matijcio has also lectured on theory and criticism at the University of Manitoba, written for numerous catalogues and journals (including the Guide to the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal), and was commissioned in 2003 by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions. He remains active as a curator, writer, professor, and researcher.
Art in Public Places is a community art project organized and implemented by the Art in Public Places Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, city governments. Art in Public Places installs art in public spaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Artists’ submissions are solicited from throughout the nation, and entries are judged by an expert juror, who is selected by the Art in Public Places Board.