The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as that year’s Rosen Award winner. Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual multi-arts celebration, with the announcement of the Rosen Award winner coming during the festival’s annual Sculpture Walk with that year’s juror.
Martin and Doris Rosen’s commitment to the financial support and stewardship of the visual and performing arts at Appalachian State University is now a longstanding tradition. Over the years, the Rosens have ensured that Appalachian State – and the Boone, North Carolina area – have been a home to artistic achievement of national merit.
Established by the Rosens in 1987, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition serves as a highlight of the university’s summer arts festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival, and has gained an international reputation for featuring a remarkable array of contemporary sculpture. In July 1997, the Rosens donated Hephaestus, a large commissioned sculpture by Bruce White, to Appalachian State’s Permanent Collection, and it adorns the Rivers Street frontage area of Farthing Auditorium to this day.
On the occasion of the Rosens’ 50th wedding anniversary in October 1999, their children established the Martin and Doris Rosen Scholarship to assist rising junior or senior art majors at Appalachian State. Tireless supporters of the arts, the Rosens have given so much of themselves over the years to ensure that the arts become a more integral part of our community. We wish to extend to them our deepest appreciation.
July 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Appallacian State University
Boone, North Carolina 28608