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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.