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Twenty-three sculptures by artists from across the Eastern United States now have temporary homes in downtown Salisbury, at local colleges, and around Rowan County. The 2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show runs from April through January 31, 2019.

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 Visitors’ Center at 204 East Innes Street where you may pick up a brochure and begin your walking tour of the sixteen new sculptures within historic downtown Salisbury. Brochures are also available at Rowan Library, Rowan Museum, Waterworks Visual Arts Center and at local restaurants and galleries.

The 2018 Salisbury Sculpture Show is divided into three sections. Our downtown sculpture show has been ongoing for the last ten years. Our local colleges started featuring sculptures six years ago, and this is the first year of “Arts & Agriculture” which is based in rural locations throughout Rowan County, in partnership with the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority.

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 in each quadrant of the interchange.

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Contact Us

Staff Liaison

Alyssa Nelson
(704) 638-5235​

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All sculptures are for purchase. To see if a sculpture is still available, please check, or direct inquiries to

Now Accepting Sculpture Show Entries!

Call for Entries for 2020 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

The Salisbury Public Art Committee announces a Call for Entries for the 2020 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Entering year twelve, 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

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 entry sculpture.

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, 2019
Announcement of selection Jan 17, 2020
Installation of sculptures April 17, 2020
Meet the Artists Reception April 17, 2020
Exhibition dates April 17, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021
Removal of Sculptures March 2021

*For electronic submission, contact Diana Cummings at or call (704) 638-5240.

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

  • 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
  • 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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