Sculptures Selected for the 2013 Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Downtown Bristol

August 01, 2013

Bristol, TN / VA — Sculptors from around the Southeast will visit downtown Bristol, TN and VA, on August 5, 2013, to install the winning sculptures in Art in Public Places' 2013 Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Art in Public Places has hosted the Outdoor Sculpture Competition since 2005. Six new sculptures have been selected to appear in the eighth annual exhibition. The winning sculptures are:

“Bearing the Weight of Labor” by Kevin Vanek, Greenville, NC
“Bramble Tunnel” by Cathy Perry, Greenville, NC
“He Always Carried It With Him” by Charlie Brouwer, Willis, VA
“Learn To Fly” by Brian Glaze, Hendersonville, NC
“Orange Blast” by Matthew R. Sharp, Red Springs, NC
“She's a Fine Tall Woman” by Rudy Rudisill, Gastonia, NC

The winning pieces were selected by 2013 juror Emily Smith from a pool of fifty-two entries by twenty-six artists.

Emily Smith is the Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Virginia.1708 Gallery organizes six to eight exhibitions per year, including InLight Richmond, its one-night public exhibition of light-based art and performance.

Prior to helming 1708, Smith was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, from March 2007 through September 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia (2004-2007) and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Virginia weekly paper. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.

A reception will be held for the artists, juror, and sponsors the evening of August 5. As part of the reception, Art in Public Places will host two additional competitions, Food As Art and Flowers As Art. Food As Art challenges the local culinary community to create edible sculpture or artistically designed food displays. Flowers As Art is a similar competition, which challenges local florists, garden clubs, and floral designers to create sculptural floral arrangements. Food As Art and Flowers As Art entries will be judged by juror Emily Smith, and cash prizes awarded to the winning participants.

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. Artist 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.

The Art in Public Places project is funded by donations from area businesses and individuals.