Shemer Art Center holding outdoor sculpture competition

A sculpture by Michael Anderson, one of the judges of this year’s competition.  The sculpture was on display for a time at the Shemer. Mr. Anderson lives in Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

A sculpture by Michael Anderson, one of the judges of this year’s competition. The sculpture was on display for a time at the Shemer. Mr. Anderson lives in Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

The Shemer Art Center and Museum, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary as a ‘home for the arts” in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, is now accepting submissions from sculptors throughout Arizona for an outdoor sculpture competition.

Up to 20 works of art will be selected for a two-year exhibition on the grounds and in the orchard of the Center beginning Nov. 1.

All works will be juried by a panel of distinguished sculptors.  Each sculpture must be original, three-dimensional, suitable for outdoor installation and able to be structurally secured to a concrete pad or ground.  It should also be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions and high traffic areas.

According to Jocelyn Hanson, executive director of the Shemer Art Center, the goal of this competition is to continue to introduce Arizona residents and visitors to the highly talented sculptors who choose to live and work in our state, stated a press release.

“While we are recognized for the art exhibitions shown within the Shemer Art Center, we are also committed to displaying structural works of art outdoors, which provides additional opportunities for area residents and visitors to further enjoy our grounds and sculpture garden,” stated Ms. Hanson in the release.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 24, stated the release.

An opening event to showcase the selected artists will be held at Shemer Art Center 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, to coincide with the International Sculpture Conference being held in Phoenix, according to the release.

Built in 1919, the Shemer Art Center was the first home built in Arcadia.  It was donated to the city of Phoenix in 1984 by Martha Evvard Shemer, not only to preserve the historic property but to also ensure it was used as an art education facility and community center for residents, stated the release.

In 1992 it was selected as one of the original 25 city of Phoenix Points of Pride, stated the releaes.

For more information about the Shemer Art Center, at 5005 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, or to download competition details and an application form, visit www.shemerartcenter.org or call 602-262-4727.

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