Snapshots: 31st Annual Lenoir Sculpture Celebration

Molly McMath, daughter of Jonathan and Kalley McMath, enjoys "Sacred Water Bird" by Grace Cathey.

ArtsNow was at the 31st Annual Lenoir Sculpture Celebration earlier this month. It was a beautiful sunny day outside at the Broyhill Walking Park, the picturesque site of the world class show. Lenoir is located in the Foothills of North Carolina, 20 miles south of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone.

The Caldwell County Arts Council hosts the annual event, with sculptors from all over North Carolina and surrounding states. Judge Elizabeth “Lee” Kelley is the curator of fine art collection development and management for the Chicago Transit Authority. She works directly with artists in the purchase or commission of site-specific artwork for public spaces, transit facilities and private collections. Kelley had the tough job of judging the works, with over $10,000 dollars worth of prizes awarded. See below for the full list of winners:

Best in Show: “Bodies Without Organs” by Jacob Brault
First Place: “365” by Keith Bryant
Second Place: “Confronting Conformity” by Bradley Tucker
Third Place: “Back to the Ranch” by Daniel Cater
Judge’s Merit 1: “Two Little Eyes” by Staton Davis
Judge’s Merit 2: “Suspension” by Nick Colaiacomo
Judge’s Merit 3: “Mother’s Call” by Pam Brewer
Judge’s Merit 4: “Cloud Chaser” by Sharon Pierce McCullough
Judge’s Merit 5: “Ouverture” by Mary-Ann Prack
Honorable Mention 1: “Ritual Mask” by Christina Rankin
Honorable Mention 2: “Totem ‘Suki'” by Gary Huntoon
Honorable Mention 3: “Miracle Stack” by Stefan Bonitz
Honorable Mention 4: “Unfathomable” by Jason Lydic
Honorable Mention 5: “Shadows de Siesta” by Pete Lupo
Sculpting Our Future summer camp winner: Eris Moeller
People’s Choice Professional Category: “Isolation” by Jonathan Lalonde
People’s Choice Youth Category: “Hudson Hornet” by Hudson Elementary School

Click on the images below to see some of the sculptures.


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