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.

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!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 sculptureattherivermarket.com/

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2016 SATRM Schedule of Events

Sculpture at the River Market invited all artists participating in the 2016 Show & Sale to submit a proposal for its $60,000 to $80,000 Public Art Monument Sculpture Commission Competition. This is the sixth such competition in the nine years of the Show & Sale.

Of the 50 artists in the 2016 Show & Sale, 28 artists submitted a proposal.  The proposals of the seven semifinalists will be displayed during the event’s Preview Party on the evening of April 22, and Preview Party guests will vote for their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.  At 9PM that evening all votes will be tallied and the top three finalists will be announced at the end of the evening.

The top three proposals will be juried on April 23 and 24, and the 2016 winner will be announce at 3PM on Sunday, April 24. All artists must be present to win.

For more information about the Preview Party click here.

2016 SEMIFINALISTS

CRAIG CAMPBELL                   “The Graduate”

KATHLEEN CARICOF           “Enlightenment”

CLAY ENOCH                                          “United”

DENNY HASKEW            “Strength to Endure”

KEVIN KRESSE                                        “Thirst”

KEVIN ROBB                “For the Love of Books”

STEPHEN SHACHTMAN        “Ten Monoliths”

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Join us for the 2016 Preview Party!

Order tickets online here

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2016 Artists Announced

March 6, 2016

Sculpture at the River Market is pleased to announce the artists who have been juried in to our 2016 Sculpture Show & Sale to be held April 22-24.

By clicking the “2016 Show & Sale Artists Announced” tab, at the top of this page, you will also see one representational image of each artist’s work. Each artist was invited to submit a proposal for the 6th Public Art Monument Sculpture Commission Competition – a $60,000 – $80,000 commission.  Guests attending the Preview Party on April 22nd 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 23-24 and the winning proposal will be announced on Sunday afternoon, April 24th.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Sculpture at the River Market Show & Sale!

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2016 Artists

Lorri Acott

Lori Arnold

Terry & Maritza Bean

Hunter Brown

Craig Campbell

Kathleen Caricof, NSG

Leslie Daly

Darrell Davis, NSG

Jane DeDecker, NSG

John Deering

Clay Enoch, NSG

Kimber Fiebiger

Peter Grimord

Guilloume

Jeff Hall

Denny Haskew, NSG

Bob Heintzelman

Mark Hyde

Greg Johnson

James Keller

Kevin Kresse

Mark Leichliter, NSG

Harold Linke, NSG

Allison Luedtke

Bryan Winfred Massey, Sr.

James G. Moore

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Steven Olszewski

Richard Pankratz

James Paulsen

Nathan Pierce

Merle Randolph

Dale Roark

Kevin Robb

Timothy Roundy

Emelene Russell

Wayne Salge, NSG

Valerie Jean Schafer

Adam Schultz

Stephen Shachtman, NSG

Kim Shaklee

Stephanie & Scott Shangraw

Gene Sparling

Lawrence Starck

Charles Strain

Tod Switch

Michael Warrick, NSG

C.T. Whitehouse, NSG

Longhua XU

Michelle Zorich & Katherine Martin

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Arkansas Business 12 14 15Sculpture at the River Market learned today that the City of Little Rock was awarded Honorable Mention by Arkansas Business for its contribution to promoting public art through its growing collection. To read the article click here.

Sculpture at the River Market is now accepting applications from artists for the

2016 Fine Art Sculpture Show & Sale – April 22-14, 2016

Artist applications will be accepted

September 1, 2015 – January 14, 2016

To apply

CLICK HERE

 

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