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About the Sculpture Show

Twenty-one sculptures by artists from across the Eastern United States now have temporary homes in downtown Salisbury, at local colleges, and throughout our community. The 2021 Salisbury sculpture show will run from May 2021 to April 2022

Carefully selected from an open application process the works represent a wide range of sculptural styles and materials. Each sculpture is placed to best complement the piece and its setting. The first stop on your tour is the Visitor’s Center at 204 East Innes Street where you may pick up a brochure and begin your walking tour of the thirteen sculptures within historic downtown Salisbury. Brochures are also available at the Rowan Public Library, Rowan Museum, Waterworks Visual Arts Center and at local downtown businesses, restaurants and galleries.

The 2021 Salisbury Sculpture Show is divided into two sections. The first section is our downtown sculpture show, which has been ongoing for the last thirteen years. The Community section features sculptures throughout the Salisbury city limits and at local colleges. Local colleges first began participating nine years ago.

On your way in or out of town, take note of “Salisbury Foursome” at I-85 Exit 76, the permanent colorful 4-piece sculpture installed at each quadrant of the interchange.


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Contact Us

Staff Liaison

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235
anels@salisburync.gov​


2021 Sculpture Show Brochure (PDF)

To Purchase a Sculpture

All sculptures are for purchase. To see if a sculpture is still available, please check facebook.com/SalisburySculptureShow, or direct inquiries to PublicArt@salisburync.gov.

Now Accepting Sculpture Show Entries!

Call for Entries for 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

The Salisbury Public Art Committee announces a Call for Entries for the 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Entering year fourteen, our show has featured artists from ten states and has earned regional and national recognition. In 2016 the show won the Centralina Council of Governments Quality of Life Award and the 2016 US Council of Mayors City Livability Award. We invite sculptors to submit their favorite outdoor pieces for consideration. Selected pieces will be carefully sited to enhance the sculpture’s visibility and ease of access. Cost for entry is $30 per artist and a 25% commission on work sold during the show builds funds for future public art in Salisbury.


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Selection and Installation

The Salisbury Public Art Committee invites sculptors to submit their favorite outdoor pieces for consideration for the 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Selected pieces will be carefully sited to enhance the sculpture’s visibility and ease of access. Cost for entry is $30 per artist and a 25% commission on work sold during the show builds funds for future public art in Salisbury.

Selected artists will receive a $1,250 stipend for each piece chosen. Sculptures will be selected by a jury of qualified professionals. Work from individuals or teams will be considered; student work is encouraged.

Artists may submit up to 3 entries. Please submit high resolution images with completed entry form and up to 3 photos per sculpture entry.

Selected artists will transport and install pieces with City on-site assistance where needed and prearranged. The City will assist with installation, support and bases when able. Sculptors are responsible for anchoring systems and bases if unable to fit on existing concrete pads. Work will be insured by the City of Salisbury.


General Criteria

The selected pieces will:

  • Demonstrate creative vision and use of materials
  • Show integrity of structure and craftsmanship
  • Be weather-resistant
  • Be suitable for public display
  • Be stable, free-standing or mountable, or site specific

Important Dates

Deadline for postmarked submission* Dec 20, 2021
Announcement of selection Feb 2, 2022
Installation of sculptures May 20, 2022
Meet the Artists Reception May 20, 2022
Exhibition dates May 20, 2022 - March 1, 2023
Removal of Sculptures March 2023

*For electronic submission, contact PublicArt@salisburync.gov.

2021 Sculpture Show


Acknowledgements

These individuals, organizations and businesses have made the City of Salisbury Public Art Committee's 2021 Salisbury Sculpture Show possible:

  • Otocast
  • Blanche and Julian Robertson Family Foundation
  • Catawba College
  • Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
  • F&M Bank
  • Fine Frame Gallery
  • Heart of Salisbury
  • Hive
  • La Cava
  • Livingstone College
  • New Sarum Brewing
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
  • Pottery 101
  • Rowan County Arts Council
  • Rowan County Tourism Development Authority
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rowan Public Library
  • Rowan Museum
  • Salisbury Business Center
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • Salty Caper
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • Susan and Edward Norvell
  • Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things
  • Trinity Oaks

Photography by Shannon Stapleton, DBA / Stapleton Media Products.

2020 Salisbury Sculpture Show


Acknowledgements

These individuals, organizations and businesses have made the City of Salisbury Public Art Committee's 2020 Salisbury Sculpture Show possible:

  • Otocast
  • Rowan County Arts Council
  • Rowan County Tourism Development Authority
  • Catawba College
  • Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
  • F&M Bank
  • Fine Frame Gallery
  • Livingstone College
  • New Sarum Brewing
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
  • Pottery 101
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rowan Public Library
  • Rowan Museum
  • Salisbury Business Center
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • Susan and Edward Norvell
  • Trinity Oaks

Photography by Shannon Stapleton, DBA / Stapleton Media Products.

2019 Salisbury Sculpture Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

First Place: Roger Martin, Sanctuary

Second Place: Harry McDaniel, Exploratory Unit #2

Third Place: Charles Pilkey, Mosozoic Bench

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Acknowledgements

These individuals, organizations and businesses have made the City of Salisbury Public Art Committee's 2019 Salisbury Sculpture Show possible:

  • Otocast
  • Rowan Arts & Agriculture
  • Rowan County Arts Council
  • Rowan County Tourism Development Authority
  • Catawba Colleges
  • Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
  • F&M Bank
  • Fine Frame Gallery
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Livingstone College
  • New Sarum Brewing/La Cava/Salty Caper
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
  • Pottery 101
  • Rowan Investment Company
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rowan Public Library
  • Salisbury Business Center
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Susan and Edward Norvell

Photography by Sean Meyers.

2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

First Place: Dane Winkler, Perigee

Second Place: Jeff Kiefer, Beacon

Third Place: Richard Pitts, Dancing Down The Staircase

Honorable Mention: Dana Gringas, Tinker Toy

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Acknowledgements

These individuals, organizations and businesses have made the City of Salisbury Public Art Committee's 2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show possible:

Sponsors
  • Fine Frame Gallery
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Otocast
  • Pottery 101
  • Susan and Edward Norvell
  • Rowan Arts & Agriculture
  • Rowan County Arts Council
  • Rowan County Tourism Development Authority
Hosts
  • Catawba Colleges
  • Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
  • F&M Bank
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Historic Salisbury Foundation
  • Livingstone College
  • New Sarum Brewing
  • Rowan Investment Company
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rowan Museum
  • Rowan Public Library
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • St. John's Lutheran Church

  • Photography by Sean Meyers.

    2017 Sculpture Show

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

    First Place: Charles Pilkey, Ark

    Second Place: Cathy Perry, Oasis II

    Third Place: Jim Gallucci, Oak Leaf Shade Bench

    Honorable Mention: Stephen Hayes, Speaking Without

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    2016 Sculpture Show

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

    First Place: Robert Winkler, “Moving Along”

    Second Place: Hannah Jubran, “Blue Planet”

    Third Place: Richard Pitts, “Candle”

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    2015 Sculpture Show

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

    First Place: Stephen Hayes, Under the Maple Seeds

    Second Place: Todd Frahm, Fighting for Alpha

    Third Place: Ray Katz, Red Green Construction

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    2014 Sculpture Show

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