Announcing the 2017 Show & Sale Merit Award Winners.

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* * * BEST OF SHOW * * *

 $1,000 Prize

“Shard” – Ted Schaal


$100 Prize – Three Awarded

“Pelvis” – Rick Larimore

“Synergy” – Matthew J. Leavell

“The Arkansas A” – Stephen Shachtman


“All Roads Lead To…” – Tod Switch

“Opus 3” – Jim Keller

“Lookout” – Wayne Salge

“Dean the Bulldog” – Alexander Brown

“Black White One” – Terry and Maritza Bean

“Tomcat” – Ryan Mays

Booth Design – Emelene Russell


“Wolf ” – Darrell Davis

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April 27, 2017

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After morning showers on Friday, April 21st, the sky cleared, providing a beautiful evening for an outdoor event for Sculpture at the River Market’s Preview Party. With nearly 400 in attendance, the Preview Party kicked off the weekend-long 10th Invitational Sculpture Show & Sale.

Little Rock’s River Market Pavilions served as the venue for the sculpture of 48 artists from Arkansas and beyond. During the private, ticketed event, art enthusiasts perused the gathering of over 800 sculptures, and enjoyed the first opportunity to purchase their favorite sculptures. Central High School Jazz Combo and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra String Quartet played throughout the evening as guests visited with the artists and each other, while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, and libations sponsored by Southern Glazer’s, from 6:30-9:30pm.

Preview Party guests were given the opportunity to view and vote for their three favorite proposals, from the seven semifinalists listed below, for the Sculpture at the River Market’s 7th Public Art Monument Commission Competition ($60,000 award). At 9PM that evening, the three finalists were announced:

Terry and Maritza Bean          “Unity”

Craig Campbell          “On the Bus”

Jane DeDecker          “Threshold”

Jack Hill          “On a Roll”- Finalist

Mark Leichliter          “Vital Connections”

Ted Schaal          “Dropsy”- Finalist

Stephen Shachtman          “The Arkansas A” – Finalist and WINNER

Artist Stephen Shachtman and the maquette for his winning proposal, “The Arkansas A”.


The Show & Sale was open to the public at no charge on Saturday from 10AM – 5PM, and again on Sunday from 10AM – 4PM.  Volunteers were on hand to assist visitors and help with sculpture sales. Docent-led tours of the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden were conducted both days at 2PM. Food vendors for Sunday were Andina Coffee Roastery, Katmandu Momo and Black Hound Barbecue. At 3PM that afternoon Dean Kumpuris announced the competition’s winner of the $60,000 commission – artist Stephen Shachtman’s design – “The Arkansas A.

Stephen Shachtman is congratulated by Dean Kumpuris after being announced winner of the 7th Monument Competition Commission.


For additional information about “The Arkansas A,” which will be placed at the Southwest Community Center in the spring of 2018,  click here.

To see additional photos of the 2017 Preview Party and Show & Sale, click here.

Schedule of Events for Show & Sale

Join us for the many facets of the 2017 Sculpture Show & Sale

400 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR  72201




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Mark your calendar for our upcoming Preview Party and Invitational Sculpture Show & Sale. Check back for Preview Party ticket info, coming soon.

April 22-23 Show & Sale is open to the public and there is no charge. 2017 SATRM Save the DateLine Clip Art

Sculpture at the River Market is pleased to announce the artists who have been juried in to our 10th Annual  Sculpture Show & Sale to be held April 21-23.

Each artist was invited to submit a proposal for the 7th Public Art Monument Sculpture Commission Competition – a $60,000 commission.

Guests attending the Preview Party on April 21 will view and vote on the six semi-finalist proposals to help select the top three finalists; the top three will be announced at the end of the evening. These three finalists’ proposals will be juried on April 22-23 and the winning proposal will be announced on Sunday afternoon, April 23.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Sculpture at the River Market Show & Sale!

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2017 Artists


Lorri Acott (Metal)

John Mark Baker (Metal)

Terry & Maritza Bean (Metal)

Alexander Brown (Wood)

Hunter Brown (Metal)

Shelley Buonaiuto (Ceramics)

Craig Campbell (Ceramics)

Kathleen Caricof, NSG (Stone)

Reno Carollo (Metal)

Tim Cherry, NSG (Metal)

Leslie Daly (Metal)

Jerry Daniel (Metal)

Darrell Davis, NSG (Metal)

Jane DeDecker, NSG (Metal)

Clay Enoch, NSG (Metal)

Patrick Fleming (Metal)

Jim Goshorn (Metal)

Denny Haskew, NSG (Metal)

Jack Hill, NSG (Metal)

James Keller (Metal)

Jack Kreutzer (Metal)

Rick Larimore (Wood)

Matthew Leavell (Metal)

Mark Leichliter, NSG (Metal)

Harold Linke, NSG (Metal)

Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr. (Stone)

Ryan Mays (Stone)

Darren Miller (Metal)

James Moore (Metal)

Gedion Nyanhongo (Stone)

Nnamdi Okonkwo (Metal)

Ed Pennebaker (Glass)

Merle Randolph (Metal)

Dale Roark (Metal)

Kevin Robb (Metal)

Timothy Roundy (Metal)

Emelene Russell (Metal)

Wayne Salge, NSG (Metal)

Ted Schaal (Metal)

Adam Schultz (Metal)

Stephen Shachtman, NSG (Metal)

Kim Shaklee (Metal)

Gene Sparling (Wood)

Charles Strain (Metal)

Tod Switch (Metal)

Michael Warrick, NSG (Metal)

Basil Watson (Metal)

C.T. Whitehouse, NSG (Metal)

Jim Wolnosky (Metal)

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Sculpture at the River Market’s

10th Annual



APRIL 21-23, 2017




UP TO $60,000





Sculpture at the River Market is beyond inspired after receiving the Little Rock Parks & Recreation “Above and Beyond Volunteer” Award. Jane Rogers, committee chair, and Dr. Dean Kumpuris, founder, were on hand to accept the award during the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Volunteer Luncheon on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

IMG_9528 Pictured left to right: Truman Tolefree, Dr. Dean Kumpuris, Mayor Mark Stodola, Jane Rogers, City Manager Bruce Moore, Mrs. Arkansas International 2015 Adrienne Smith, Walden Cash (Little Rock Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman)

Following are remarks made by Truman Tolefree, Little Rock Parks & Recreation Director, as he presented the award:

“Thirty committee members make up the core group of this standout organization. But the lives they have been able to touch and teach through the arts is surely in the thousands…if not millions!

Since 2007 this nonprofit group has developed a program that show cases sculpture from all the over the country at the River Market and in Riverfront Park. They educate the public on this form of art and their handiwork is being seen in further reaches in the city. Just last month another beautiful sculpture was installed in Chenal Valley…thanks in big part to this group.

Each year the Sculpture at the River Market Show and Sale draws in visitors from all over the country. There are special events throughout the weekend to attract people over to see the beautiful sculptures. But at the same time they do all they can to bring in all types and anybody who would want to come. From a semi-formal Friday night reception, to a more casual sculpture party for the younger crowd, to the FREE admission to the show on Saturday and Sunday…this organization goes “above and beyond” to make sure EVERY body can enjoy the arts and specifically these amazing sculptures.

Above & Beyond Award 2016

Throughout the year, docents give tours to school groups and tourists in town and at ANY given time one can simply take a stroll through the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden free of charge to see something remarkable. Just this year, at their Spring Show and Sale, the public was invited to vote on a sculpture that would be installed in front of our Little Rock Central High School. Now, for generations to come, students and faculty there will be able to be a part of this organization who goes above and beyond. To date, the organization itself has brought more than $3,000,000 in public art to parks and public right of ways in our beautiful city. Their willingness to bring a top-notch program to the city for ALL to enjoy, their follow-through on what can be done better next time…though I think we can’t get any better.

We can’t say enough about this generous, motivated and unique non-profit. So we’ll simply say “thank you”. Thank you for going Above and Beyond.

Our Little Rock Parks & Recreation Above and Beyond Volunteer Award this year goes to Sculpture at the River Market.”

2016 Preview Party

April 27, 2016

Sculpture at the River Market Preview Party 2016 

With a record crowd in attendance on a beautiful spring evening, Sculpture at the River Market’s Preview Party kicked off the weekend-long 2016 Sculpture Show & Sale. Little Rock’s River Market Pavilions served as the venue for the sculpture of 48 artists from Arkansas and beyond, while several hundred art enthusiasts perused and purchased sculpture. Two jazz bands played throughout the night as guests visited with the artists while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations from 6:30-9:30pm.

Preview Party guests were given the opportunity to select their top three favorites proposals from the seven semifinalists listed below for Sculpture at the River Market’s 6th Public Art Monument Commission Competition ($60,000-$80,000). At 9PM that evening, the three finalists were announced, 

    Craig Campbell                 “The Graduate”

    Kathleen Caricof               “Enlightenment” – Finalist

    Clay Enoch                     “United”- Winner

    Denny Haskew                  “Strength to Endure” – Finalist

    Kevin Kresse                       “Thirst”

    Kevin Robb                         “For the Love of Books”

    Stephen Shachtman          “Ten Monoliths”

The winning sculpture proposal, “United,” was announced Sunday April 24 at 3PM.  For additional information about Clay Enoch, and the sculpture which will be placed on the campus of Little Rock Central High School in 2017  click here.

To see many more photos of the 2016 Preview Party, click the photograph above.

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Update:  Our winning photographer received two tickets to the Preview Party!

Thanks to all who entered!





Monday, April 11, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Godwin | (o) 501 371 4421 | (c) 501 804 4822 

Sculpture Show Introduces New Feature  

Social Media Contest Encourages Photos with Art


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 11, 2016) – The Sculpture in the River Market Show and Sale is ushering in a new feature for its ninth year that encourages the public to explore, appreciate, and share public art offerings in Little Rock through social media.

The selfie with a sculpture contest will begin April 11 and continue through April 21. The concept is simple: A person finds their favorite sculpture in Little Rock, takes a photo with it, and tells why it’s a special sculpture while using the hashtag #LRSculpture on either Instagram or Twitter.

“Sculptures are such wonderful art pieces because of their accessibility. Everyone seems to have one that really resonates with them,” Sculpture at the River Market committee member Scott Whiteley Carter said. “We have over 100 sculptures in public places all around the City in addition to hundreds in private homes and businesses, so we’re excited to see what gets selected and shared.”

Photos showing misuse of a sculpture will not be considered.

Winners will be announced April 21. The grand prize includes tickets to the Sculpture Show Preview Party on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Three additional prizes will be given.

Guests attending the Preview Party will view and vote on the seven semi-finalist proposals for the next public monument sculpture winner to help select the top three finalists. The winner of that competition will be announced Sunday, April 24.

The ninth Sculpture at the River Market Invitational Show and Sale takes place from April 22 – 24, 2016.

Over 800 sculptures will be on display in the River Market pavilions and in the adjacent area of Riverfront Park on those three days in April. The works featured will include all types of media, style, subject matter, and size.

Sculpture at the River Market will be open in the River Market pavilions from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24.  In addition to the opportunity to view the sculptures and meet with the sculptors, there are a variety of activities planned throughout the two days.

Docent led tours of the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden will be available at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Andina’s Café & Coffee Roastery will be set up at the sculpture show Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.  From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Southern Salt and Southern Gourmasian food trucks will be set up at the River Market.

More information is available at