Tryon Fine Arts Center calling artists for sculpture exhibit

Published 10:49 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pictured is Covey, a Texas sandstone piece created by sculptor Dale Weiler, which was one of the works entered in the Sculpture 2013 show held at Tryon Fine Arts

Pictured is Covey, a Texas sandstone piece created by sculptor Dale Weiler, which was one of the works entered in the Sculpture 2013 show held at Tryon Fine Arts

Tryon Fine Arts Center presents a sculpture exhibit and sale open to sculpture artists from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. A total of $2,000 in prize money will be awarded. Sculpture entries will be judged by noted sculptor Harry McDaniel of Asheville, N.C. The deadline for submission of images September 11.

Acceptance of artwork will be on October 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Installation will take place Oct. 12 and 13. On October 14 from 5-7 p.m. there will be a private opening for sponsors, artists, invited guests, patrons. On October 16 from 5-7 p.m. there will be a show reception for the public.

On October 30, November 2 and 3 there will be group tours with guide for Tryon area arts organizations and businesses. A panel discussion with artists will be held November 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. On November 30 and December 1, pick up and shipment of artwork will occur from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Awards will be given for first place $1,000, second place $600, and third place $400.

Open to all artists 18 years of age or older working in various sculptural media residing in the Southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Work must be original (no kits), completed in the past three years, and not previously exhibited at TFAC. Entry to this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to exhibit selected works under all conditions listed in the Letter of Agreement. Substitutions for accepted works are not allowed.

Artists may submit up to three works for consideration for the exhibit. Only one work will be accepted based on the images submitted. A non-refundable $25 for single entry plus $5 for additional entries payment must accompany entries. Check or Money Order must be made out to Tryon Fine Arts Center. Major credit cards will be accepted online at or by phone at 828-859-8322. Please call TFAC for more information at 828-859-8322.

Harry McDaniel will serve as curator and juror. Born in Wichita, Kansas, McDaniel grew up in Missouri, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Though a lover of how objects are taken apart and reassembled (beginning with his pacifiers), he first chose writing as his creative outlet. Just out of high school he started making musical instruments. During college years, he found himself constantly distracted by trying to solve three-dimensional design problems.

“I designed a backpack frame with pivoting hip supports, non-slipping cross-country skis, a row-boat that could be rowed facing forward, etc.,” he said.

He continued to experiment with various art forms, constantly fascinated with the fluidity and patterns of motion. After living in Bar Harbor, Maine he moved to New York City where he pursued instrument making including Baroque bassoons and Renaissance recorders, then to New Haven Connecticut where he set up a workshop making slit drums. As his interest in sculpture continued to broaden, he took painting and metal-working classes, building on the fine detail skills developed over the years. He began to accept commissions for both interior and exterior sculptures, and began to accumulate an impressive number of honors and awards at exhibits all over the east coast. McDaniel works in varied media including wood and metal, creating a broad range of work, from wall-hung pieces to monumental mobiles. All demonstrate the grace and beauty of form in motion.

Contact TFAC for entry and delivery procedures by calling 828-859-8322, or visit

– Submitted by Marianne Carruth