Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Announces “29th Annual Sculptural Celebration” – Sept. 6, 2014


The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, in partnership with Tri State Sculptors Association, announces the “29th Annual Sculpture Celebration” to be held 9am to 4pm, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle in Lenoir.

The Celebration will feature sculptural artwork by artists from across the eastern United States who will compete for cash prizes totaling $11,000.00. Realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – sculptures of all types will be on display.  The juror for this year’s event is Asheville, NC, artist Randy Shull.

Work by Betty Branch

Lenoir’s “Annual Sculpture Celebration” is recognized as the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area’s sculptor-friendly environment. The event started small but now attracts artists and visitors from across the United States. “This is a great show for both experienced artists and for a first-time art experience,” says Lee Carol Giduz, Caldwell Arts Council Executive Director.

Food vendors, children’s art activities, and live music from the Sylvio Martinat Swing Band and Strictly Clean and Decent will be featured throughout the day

Blue Jeans Preview Party will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

Many sculptors arrive early to install larger sculptures and to pick the best spot for their artwork. A buffet dinner will be held to welcome them and to introduce the judge and sponsors of the event on Friday, Sept. 5 beginning at 7pm.  This event is free for registered sculptors, $20 in advance for guests.

Artists May Register Now

Registration for “Sculpture Celebration” is open to any 3-D artist up to the day of the event, and each sculptor may present up to three sculptures. Cost to register the day of the Sculpture Celebration is $80; significant discounts are available for early registration. Details of participation are available on the website (

Work by Stefan Bonitz

Lenoir is located in Caldwell County in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, off Hwy 321 between Hickory and the Blowing Rock / Boone area.

For further information about the Sculpture Celebration contact the Caldwell Arts Council, by calling 828/754-2486, e-mail to (, or visit (

The Caldwell Arts Council is located at 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir, NC, 28645.


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