Art in Public Places and Kingsport Sculpture Walk to establish Appalachian Sculpture Trail

June 29, 2015

Art in Public Places of Bristol and Kingsport Sculpture Walk are pleased to announce a very special collaboration. In honor of Art in Public Places’ 10th anniversary, the two organizations will work together to establish the Appalachian Sculpture Trail. The goals of the Appalachian Sculpture Trail project are to promote the many public sculpture exhibits in the Northeast Tennessee / Southwest Virginia region, and to establish connections among organizations bringing public sculpture to our area.

As part of this initiative, Art in Public Places and Kingsport Sculpture Walk will combine their annual juried sculpture exhibitions for 2015, affording participating sculptors wider opportunities for placement, in either downtown Kingsport or Bristol, TN / VA. Hank T. Foreman of Appalachian State University, who served as juror for Art in Public Places’ first annual competition, will return for this anniversary exhibition. Foreman has also judged the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, and is very familiar with both communities.

Foreman serves as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Chief Communications Officer at Appalachian State University. This area administers the programs of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Performing Art Series, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, as well as University News, Marketing & Public Relations, and Appalachian Media Productions. He also serves Appalachian as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

The organizations will release a Call for Entries for the combined sculpture competition in late June. Entries will be judged in late August, and the selected sculptures will be installed in Bristol and Kingsport in early October.

For more information about the Appalachian Sculpture Trail or the upcoming collaboration, please contact Cam Collins (423-963-9667 or cam@aippbristol.org) or Bonnie Macdonald (423-534-7389 or bonniemacdonald@kingsporttn.gov).