Archive for the ‘Carolina Sculpture’ Category

Brookgreen Gardens Near Pawleys Island, SC, Offers Talk with Sculptor Grainger McKoy – May 30, 2015

May 23, 2015


On Saturday, May 30, 2015,  Grainger McKoy, one of the artist featured in the current exhibit “Carolina Roots” will give a talk about his work at 10am and 2pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, at Brookgreen Gardens, located near Pawleys Island, SC. The talk is free with garden admission but reservations are required by calling 843/235-6016.


Grainger McKoy is a renowned sculptor living and working near Sumter, SC, who has a special relationship with Brookgreen Gardens. It has been a wellspring – a source of subjects and ideas for his unparalleled depictions of native birds. In 1999, his first major museum exhibition in South Carolina took place here. In 2012, he was instrumental in helping Brookgreen Gardens acquire a gift of his work from the collection of the late Earl Slick of Winston-Salem, NC. Containing several of McKoy’s landmark sculptures, such as “Covey Rise”, “Sandpipers”, and “Least Bittern”, the gift included 11 important wood and bronze pieces from the 1970s to the 1990s and several are shown in the exhibition. The sculpture was the gift of the Family of Earl Slick. On view with the sculpture will be rarely seen sketches and small scale models.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

For further information call the Gardens at 843/235-6019 or visit (

Entries Sought for 9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition in North Charleston, SC – Deadline Feb. 25, 2014

January 3, 2014


Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the ninth annual “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, held in North Charleston, SC. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $16,250. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, to be held May 2-10, 2014. The application is only available online and may be accessed via the link at ( Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this 11 month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures throughout the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, Riverfront Park features ten acres of walking paths, a boardwalk and fountain, an expansive lawn with performance pavilion, children’s play areas, and picnic sites. An estimated 50,000 people visit this public park annually to enjoy the amenities located in the heart of the city’s arts community.

2013/14 best in Show – “Bunny” by Jeffie Brewer

Brad Thomas, Director of Residencies & Exhibitions at the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, will jury this year’s exhibit. Thomas recently served as Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art for Charlotte’s Mint Museum where he led advances in the Museum’s collection.  In addition, he organized residencies for Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto and FECUND, the multi-disciplinary work of John W. Love, Jr. Thomas served on the Mecklenburg County Public Art Commission for five years and was chair of that commission from 2008-10. Prior to the Mint, Thomas was the director and curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. There, he led initiatives to integrate visual art into the learning experience, most notably through the establishment of Davidson’s Campus Sculpture Program, which features major outdoor installations by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Antony Gormley, Juame Plensa, Joel Shapiro, and William Tucker. He also produced exhibitions and publications on Magdalena Abakanowicz, Ewan Gibbs, Herb Jackson, Robert Lazzarini, Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, and Joel Shapiro. Thomas’ partnership with the College Writing Program in 2012 led to the release of “Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art,” the first interdisciplinary book on Davidson College’s permanent art collection.

The “9th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition” will be on display May 1, 2014, through March 24, 2015, at North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Friday, May 2, 2014.

For more information about the North Charleston Arts Festival, the “National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition”, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department by calling 843/740-5854, e-mail at (, or visit (

Lancaster, SC, Artist Bob Doster’s Works Traveling the Carolinas and Shown on SCETV

December 31, 2013

Lancaster, SC, artist Bob Doster’s works will be hitting the road in the coming months, headed to locations far and near. The well-known artist’s works have been accepted for exhibit, public art showings, and competitions throughout the Carolinas, and can be seen on SCETV on Jan. 9 at 7:30pm.  Known for works from monumental sculpture to home décor, Doster has spent a great part of his more than fifty years of creating working with students in schools, camps, and special arts programs. The designs created by students dot the landscape throughout the Carolinas and beyond, nearly as numerous as Doster’s own designs. For that reason, the list of locations where Doster’s works will be found may be of interest to parents and teachers who would like to be sure students have a chance to visit.

Work from “Dancer” Series

Until Jan. 31, 2014, works from Doster’s “Southern Cross” Series are at the I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, for the “Civil Rights: Then, Now, and When?” exhibit. An 8’ sculpture from “Wind & Waves Series” has been removed from Lancaster, SC’s, Red Rose Park, headed to Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC, for “Contemporary South”, an exhibit that will be on view until Jan. 30, 2014. The second sculpture that has stood at Red Rose Park is on its way to Cary, NC, for a yearlong public art exhibit “Sculpture in the Landscape”. Red Rose Park will have two new works installed that will remain indefinitely. One of Doster’s works from his “Dancer” series was accepted in the national juried competition, Schwa, which recognizes excellence in craft and fine art. Pitt County Art Council at Emerge in Greenville, NC, is hosting the exhibit that ends Jan. 31, 2014.

When the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition open in Charleston, SC, on Feb. 14, 2014, Doster’s works will be found among the many artists who exhibit during this annual event. Special designs featuring SC and other wildlife will be featured for the three-day show. Beginning Mar. 1, 2014, new works by Doster will be the featured exhibit at Charleston’s Saul Alexander Gallery of the Charleston County Library, located on Calhoun Street.

While Doster is represented in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the Southeast, he will be working with Lancaster County School District students in January and February to create public art banners that are displayed on Main Street, Lancaster beginning in Mar., 2014.

“Summer Wind”

Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, Gallery, and Garden are located in the heart of Lancaster, SC, at 217 East Gay Street, and when he is not on the road conducting student residencies or delivering to exhibitions, Doster gladly welcomes visitors. Tour groups, field trips, and adventurers will love the art collections on exhibit, the enclosed garden, and the eclectic atmosphere of the “art compound” housed in a row of 1940’s buildings that were pool halls and cafes “back in the day”.

For more information, contact: Bob Doster by e-mail at (, call 803/285-9190 or visit (

11th Annual Come Out and Play Sculptor Show Takes Place in Pittsboro, NC – Aug. 25, 2012

August 6, 2012

For the 11th year in a row, sculptors will display their creations at the Come Out and Play sculptor show at JimGin farm just outside Carrboro, NC. Many of the works will be for sale. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds.

sculpture is by Gary Caldwell and Holly Felice

The opening party will be held August 25, 2012, noon until dark. There are also picnic receptions on the first four Saturdays in September beginning at 4pm and going until dark. There is no admission, and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes.

Sculptures of many media and form, created by 78 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre horse farm at 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC.

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor, and Debbie Meyer to honor the victims of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don’t have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. Over 1100 people attended last year’s show during its five-week run.

For further info contact Debbie Meyer at by e-mail at ( or call 919/942-3252.




Andre Christine Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Mooresville, NC, Adds New Sculpture by Dana Gingras to Its Grounds

June 30, 2012

Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Mooresville, NC, has added a new sculpture to the Sculpture Garden. The work is entitled, Composition # 5, by Dana Gingras. This painted steel red, orange, and yellow sculpture is approx. 10 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Dana Gingras grew up surrounded by nature at the foothills of the Berkshires in Northwest Connecticut.  After traveling extensively throughout Europe and the states he received his degree from The University of Connecticut. Continuing his education he spent the next four years apprenticing with noted glass and steel sculptor Larry Livolsi. Ever since he has maintained a studio focusing on large-scale work and custom interior pieces. Gingras’ primary mediums are glass, metal, and wood. His work comes from the process of understanding these materials, their intrinsic properties, and inherent beauty. He currently resides in Mooresville.

The Andre Christine Gallery & Sculpture Garden is located at 148 Ervin Road in Mooresville, NC. Hours at the gallery are Tue.-Sat., 10am-5pm or by appt.

For further information call 704-664-1164 or visit (