2012 OSE

Friday, August 10, 2012

Presented by

Wells Fargo


A special thank-you to our sponsors who help house the artists, install their artwork, and make this exhibition happen!


Contributing Sponsors ($500 level)

  • First Citizens Bank
  • Lappin Capital Consulting
  • The Green Kangaroo
  • Jim K. Wyatt, CPA
  • Jimmy's Steakhouse and Tavern
  • Myer's Professional Insulation, Inc.
  • Sally Cox, State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Rob & Susan Alexander, AT Allen & Co.
  • Westbrook & Associates
  • Signs Now

Table Sponsors ($250)


In-Kind Sponsors

Tom Grubb, winner of Best in Show, installs "Sandhills Voyager"

Cary Visual Art, with support of the Town of Cary, is pleased to present the 5th Annual 2012 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, as we celebrate the 16th year CVA’s presence as the non-profit public art organization in our community.This exhibition was juried by Jeffrey York. Twelve artists were selected among numerous applications from across the nation to display their sculpture in downtown Cary from August 10, 2012 through June 22, 2013

Jeffrey York
Jeffrey York

Jeffrey York, Juror for the Cary Visual Art 2012 Outdoor Sculpture ExhibitionJeffrey York is Public & Cultural Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC. Formerly, he served as Director of Public Art & Community Design for the NC Arts Council where he assisted communities with public art planning and implementation. Prior to his involvement with public art, York spent 18 years as an art museum educator, curator, and director.

Juror's Statement: 

A non-thematic, outdoor sculpture exhibition affords the juror, and ultimately the viewer, an opportunity to experience a variety of sculptural styles, methods, and materials. Such an array of sculpture on municipal sites, unfortunately places limits on the artists’ aesthetics. Public sculpture must adhere to guidelines that, even if unsaid, regulate everything from size, subject, safety, and materials. The sculptor may not be selected, if the edges are sharp; if the piece is considered a climbing risk; the materials are not conducive to weathering; or requires too much maintenance. Given all the “don’ts,” I applaud the choices made by these artists to work within those constraints, yet create something compelling, be it interactivity via movement and sound, (Roig, Hathcock); suggesting a narrative while avoiding literalness (Barber, Vaughn, Merigan); defying gravity or sculptural solidity (Grubb, Gordon, Alexander); creatively reusing found materials (Bowling, Barber, Roig); or producing a sculptural sidewalk gateway (Howachyn). Although categorized above, each of the ten works stands on its own aesthetic merits. Repeated viewings will reveal different ways of thinking about each work.


Tom Grubb’s Sandhills Voyager is my choice for the Best in Show. Most public sculpture is weighty and grounded. Not so with Sandhills Voyager. Fusing tension and structural integrity, the colorfully, elegant sculpture soars to a towering height of seven stories. The artist’s use of bamboo and rope keeps the entire sculpture light and airy, revealing both sculptural form, and the void within. Like a transparent sail, the sculpture seems to harness the energy of the wind. Yet, the sculpture is nautically knotted and anchored firmly in place. It is not going anywhere, but it takes us on a journey of possibilities.

CVA 2016-2017 Sustainers Circle

 Atlantic Tire & Service | WakeMed Cary Hospital

Wells Fargo | Dick Ladd | Hendrick Cary Auto Mall | Paragon Bank

Alan Copland | Apollo Medical Center | Blue Cross Blue Shield NC | CMC Hotels/SpringHill Suites by Marriott | Fidelity Bank | JM Edwards Fine Jewelry | Don & June Finkbeiner | Dr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony | George and Melba Jordan | Duke Energy | Smith & Smith, CPA | Rob and Susan Alexander | Sally Cox State Farm Insurance | Ralph and Daphne Ashworth | Karen and David Lamar