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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 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show will run from May 13, 2022 to April 2023.

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 eleven 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 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show is divided into two sections. The first section is our Downtown sculpture show, which has been ongoing for the last fourteen years. The Community section features sculptures throughout the Salisbury city limits, in Salisbury neighborhoods and at local colleges.

In the fall of 2021 the SPAC did a call for applications for neighborhoods to apply to host a sculpture. For the first time three neighborhoods are hosting sculptures in this year’s sculpture show. Featured neighborhoods for 2022: Castlewood, Country Club Hills, and Milford Knolls.

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. Thanks to many sponsor purchases, there are now twenty-four permanent sculptures in Salisbury.


2022 Sculpture Show Brochure (PDF)

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Contact Us

Staff Liaison

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


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To Purchase a Sculpture:

All sculptures are for purchase. To see if a sculpture is still available, please send inquiries to PublicArt@salisburync.gov.

To host a sculpture, please contact PublicArt@salisburync.gov.


To Donate to Public Art in Salisbury:

Please send checks to:
Public Arts Commission
P.O. Box 479
Salisbury, NC 28145
(donations are tax deductible)

Now Accepting 2023 Sculpture Show Entries!

Call for Entries for 2023 Salisbury Sculpture Show:

The Salisbury Public Arts Commission has launched an open call for artists to participate in its 2023 Salisbury Sculpture Show. Now in its 15th year, artists can submit their outdoor pieces for consideration in the award-winning art installation program by Friday, Dec. 23.

Artists may submit up to three sculptures to be displayed throughout the City of Salisbury.  There is a $30 entry fee per artist and artist stipends are $1,400 per sculpture.  Over the show’s fourteen years, twenty-four pieces have been purchased for permanent placement in Salisbury and in nearby towns

Online applications and additional information can be found here: salisburync.gov/sculptureshow. The postmark deadline for submittals is December 23, 2022. For additional information or questions, email public.art@salisburync.gov.

Download Application (DOC) Online Application

Selection and Installation

The Salisbury Public Arts Commission invites sculptors to submit their favorite outdoor pieces for consideration for the 2023 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, which builds funds for future public art in Salisbury.

Selected artists will receive a $1,400 stipend for each piece chosen. Sculptures will be selected by a local jury. Work from individuals or teams will be considered; student work is encouraged.
Artists may submit up to 3 entries. Please submit up to 3 high resolution images per sculpture with completed entry form. 

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, 2022
Announcement of selection Feb 3, 2023
Installation of sculptures May 5, 2023
Meet the Artists Reception May 5, 2023
Exhibition dates May 5, 2022 - March 1, 2024
Removal of Sculptures March 2024

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

2022 Sculpture Show


Acknowledgements

The 2022 Salisbury Sculpture Show was made possible by contributions from the following organizations, groups and individiuals:

  • City of Salisbury
  • Downtown Salisbury, Inc.
  • Rowan Creates
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • Otocast
  • The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Catawba College
  • F&M Bank
  • Fine Frame Gallery
  • Heart of Salisbury
  • Horizons Unlimited
  • La Cava
  • Livingstone College
  • New Sarum Brewing
  • North Carolina Arts Council
  • Pottery 101
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Rowan Public Library
  • Rowan Museum
  • Salisbury Community Foundation
  • Salty Caper
  • Salisbury Parks & Recreation
  • Salisbury Public Works
  • Salisbury Symphony
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
  • Susan & Edward Norvell
  • Novant Health
  • Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things
  • Trinity Oaks
  • Understanding Your Dog, LLC.

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

Read the Full Article

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”

    Read the Full Article

    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

    Read the Full Article

    2014 Sculpture Show

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