Rosen Sculpture Walk Saturday at ASU

Article Published: Jul. 22, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Rosen Sculpture Walk Saturday at ASU

"Look Homeward Angles" by Robert Winkler

They're patrons of the arts. If you can't tell from the prominent position of their names on the donor list at An Appalachian Summer Festival, you can certainly tell from the Rosens' garden.

"It's our pride and joy," Martin Rosen said.

With a boulder-framed pond and carefully placed flowers, it's the type of place you'd expect to see in a painting or on the pages of a magazine, complete with meticulously selected works of art. The sculpture, chosen by Rosen's wife, Doris, puts a modern kick on a classic space, and showcases the pair's love and intense appreciation for the art form.

On Saturday, that appreciation manifests itself on the campus of Appalachian State University through the Rosen Sculpture Walk, the final day of the Rosen Sculpture Competition.

"The way the outdoor sculpture competition came about was that Doris was saying, 'Where does the sculptor have a chance to exhibit in the United States?' So we brought into the fold this competition," Martin Rosen said.

The competition has since been recognized by an assortment of national magazines.

Presented annually by ASU's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, thanks to the Rosens' generosity, the event is a national, juried competition that showcases large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Out of the competition, 10 sculptures have already been selected for exhibition and are situated in outdoor, public settings across the Appalachian State campus. The artist whose piece is chosen as the Rosen Award winner receives a cash prize. That selection happens after the walk Saturday.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the public will have a chance to experience the artwork through the eyes of a juror, and they are given the opportunity to view the finalists' installations.
It's the Rosen Sculpture Walk and, for organizer Brook Bower, it's a July highlight.

"I'm on my 12th year now," she said, and she's as excited as if it were her first walk.

"We start at Farthing Auditorium, and then we actually walk the entire sculpture tour," she said.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the juror directly and discuss how the selection was determined.

The walk will be followed by a reception, where the Rosen Award winner will be announced.

For more information, including a map to the sculptures, visit The competition is part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, an arts event held annually in July. For more information on the festival, visit

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