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Juror's Statement The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is an invitation for conversation and exchange. It is an exceptional opportunity for both the participating artists and the Appalachian State University community to engage in a discourse about the role of contemporary public sculpture. Now in its eighteenth year, this program has been an ongoing forum for an open exchange of ideas. With each new installation, an introduction is made between a national group of artists and the local community in Boone, North Carolina. The artists are given a chance to see and understand their work in a new context and to experience it from another perspective. For the artists who create site-specific works, it also offers an opportunity to respond to the campus environment and collaborate with the University staff and students. Those who interact with the works as part of the daily fabric of their lives are presented with challenges, surprises, and the gift of the artist' experience, observations, and insight.

I am grateful to Hank Foreman for inviting me to participate in the 2004-2005 Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition and to Brook Greene and Tasha Nunn for their guidance and assistance with the jury process. Martin and Doris Rosen have established a program that is expertly administered, creating a warm, supportive and professional atmosphere for the presentation of sculpture and the creation of site-specific installations.

I would also like to offer special thanks to the artists who participated in this exhibition; it is their dedication, innovative thinking and willingness to share their vision that makes this such an engaging exhibition. Alyson Baker Executive Director Socrates Sculpture Park Long Island City, NY

About the Juror Alyson Baker is the Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park, and internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program located along the East River in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

With over seventeen years of experience as an arts administrator, Alyson Baker has worked on more than one hundred exhibitions with both emerging artists and world renowned figures such as Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark di Suvero, Chris Burden, and Damien Hirst, and historical exhibitions including work by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, and Andy Warhol.

Baker was Director of Pat Hearn Gallery (1987-1992), an Associate Director of Gagosian Gallery (1992-1997), Curatorial Assistant in the Contemporary Art Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Assistant to the 1999 Carnegie International exhibition (1998-2000).

As a Curator and Project Coordinator, Baker has authored and edited numerous publications on contemporary art. She has lectured at Brown University, the New School, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has served on juries, panels, and committees for such institutions as PS1 Center for Contemporary Art, Hunter College, the College Art Association, the Queens Museum of Art, and New York City's Municipal Arts Society. Baker was on the Executive Committee of the Guggenheim Museum's Young Collector's Council, is a committee member of the New York chapter of ArtTable, a charter member of the New York Public Art Network, a co-founder of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, and an ex-officio member of the New York State Artist Workspace Consortium.

About the Curator Hank Foreman serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts for Appalachian State University. He obtained his M.A. in Art Education from Appalachian, having completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a concentration in Painting and Sculpture. His duties include the administrative responsibilities for An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Performing Arts Series, Farthing Auditorium and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

During his tenure at Appalachian State, Foreman has taken part in the organization of numerous exhibitions, including the associated lectures, symposia, and publications. He has worked closely with the university's Department of Art, and a wide variety of other campus and community groups, to make gallery resources available to all. One of his earliest exhibitions at Appalachian, Views From Ground Level: Art and Ecology in the Late Nineties, brought internationally acclaimed artists, historians, and critics to the campus and received national attention.

Foreman is also an exhibiting studio artist, and participates in regional and national conferences as a presenter and panelist.

Credits / Acknowledgements On behalf of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, I wish to thank all of the artists participating in this year's competition and congratulate those chosen for the exhibition. Each year the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Martin and Doris Rosen. The Rosens are tireless supporters of the arts, and over the years, have given so much of themselves to ensure that the arts become a more integral part of our community. Their excitement and dedication serves as both inspiration and role model. I would like to thank our juror, Alyson Baker, for investing the time necessary to review and consider each entry.

We wish to thank our colleagues in the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Art Department. Special thanks to our designer - Ed Midgett, photographer - Troy Tuttle, Assistant Curator - Brook Greene, Program Assistant - Tasha Nunn, and Gallery Volunteer Intern - Megan Phillips. A huge thank you goes out to Jeff Prescott, Sonny Struss, and Chris Curtin for all of their assistance during installations. A heartfelt thanks to Jim Bryan - Grounds Superintendent, Evan Rowe and Beth Clark - Safety Officers, the entire Grounds Department of the Appalachian State University Physical Plant for their cooperation and expertise and for making our campus a beautiful venue for outdoor sculpture. Thanks goes to Dwayne Tester and the folks at Boone Crane and the university Roofing Department. Also a very special thank you to all of the sculpture students in the Art Department who chose to stay late and assist Site Specific Artist - Karyn Olivier with the building of her piece.

Hank T. Foreman Director and Chief Curator

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18th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2004-2005)
Juror: Alyson Baker
Kurator: Hank T. Foreman

Künstler: Karyn Olivier, John Clement, McKendree Key, Katrin Asbury, Venske & Spänle, Kyle Van Lusk, Hoss Haley, Robbie Barber, Margaret Roleke, Robert Craig ...