2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Steel Inverted Arch 3 by Ken Thompson`

Cary Visual Art’s Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and Opening Night Reception

Friday, July 17th was Cary Visual Art’s 8th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition- a public art program that places sculpture in downtown Cary for 11 months out of the year. Every summer, a new batch of sculptures pops up along Academy Street outside of Town Hall, Fidelity Bank, the Page-Walker, and other downtown businesses. The exhibition is one of the biggest events of the year for CVA, apart from the Art Ball in November.

This year, 10 artists from 5 different states came together for the exhibition, which was juried by Clifford T. Chieffo. Made from wood, aluminum, steel and more, the sculptures form a cohesive body of work, while at the same time retaining their own special something. Due to construction in downtown Cary as part of the new streetscape plan, seven out of ten sculptures this year are located on Town Hall campus. One more is on the lawn of Fidelity Bank on Chatham street, while the final two are at the Cary Arts Center (CAC).

After a busy morning of installation, artists and art-appreciators come together for the OSE Opening Night Reception, where they dance, drink, and eat before heading to the CAC auditorium to listen the artists speak about their work and wait for the juror announce the best-in-show. Clifford T. Chieffo, distinguished professor emeritus of art at Georgetown University, looks for several different factors in determining a winner- does the piece integrate well into its environment? What material is it made of? Does it create a new sense of place? This year, the sculpture that met all of these requirements was “Steel Inverted Arch 3” by Ken Thompson.

Now that the OSE is launched, the public can interact with the sculptures by scheduling a tour through CVA, take a selfie to be added to the “Selfie with a Sculpture” gallery, come out on Final Friday for a “Year with Sculpture” activity, and more. CVA proudly provides free programs that encourage people to learn more about these unique artworks.


For more information, check out the Programs tab on our webpage!



Did you miss the OSE installation day or reception? Check out some of the articles published on the event below:


The Cary News: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/cary-news/article27538666.html

Cary Magazine: http://www.carymagazine.com/features/party-artists

The Cary Citizen: http://carycitizen.com/2015/07/21/downtown-cary-visual-art-installs-new-sculptures/




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