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. 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 COMMISSION WINNERArtist Stephen Shachtman and the maquette for his winning proposal, “The Arkansas A”.
Sunday, April 23 at 3PM, Dean Kumpuris announced the competition’s winner of the $60,000 commission. Artist Stephen Shachtman’s concept, “The Arkansas A,” was the winning design. For additional information about the sculpture to be placed at the Southwest Community Center in 2018, click here.
To see additional photos of the 2017 Preview Party and Show & Sale, click here.