Sculpture Celebration Exhibitor Information

34th Annual Sculpture Celebration  September 6-7, 2019  Broyhill Walking Park
Schedule & Artist Registration

Patrick Dougherty - visit his website at 

Caldwell Arts Council, the City of Lenoir, and the City of Lenoir Tourism Development Authority.

Blue Ridge Energy
Broyhill Family Foundation
Frye Art Studio/Folk Keeper Gallery
Greenway Transportation
Larry & Barbara Freiman
Lenoir Tourism Development Authority
Lenoir Rotary Club
Morganton Honda
Liza Plaster
Tim & Sandra Scobie
Falon & Bryan Scott
Dan & Jennifer Shattuck
Stevens Family Foundation
Herb & Becky Stevens
Norma & Jack Suddreth
Bill White Jr. Endowment Fund
Rebecca White
Many in-kind donors and scores of volunteers

2019 Sculpture Celebration Committee Chairs
Sandra Jourdain, Event Chairperson
Allison Butler, Dinner Chairperson

Adult /Professional Category Awards Totalling $11,000 Total
$3,000 Best in Show
$2,000 First Place Award
$1,500 Second Place Award
$1,000 Third Place Award
$500 Judge's Merit Awards (5 total)
$100 Honorable Mention Awards (
5 total) 
$500 Stevens Family People's Choice Award/Adult

Youth Category Awards
Best in Show
People's Choice/Youth


Registration Includes:
Sculptors Welcome Beverages and Dinner Friday evening (free for registered sculptors; $20/each for additional guests paid in advance, $25 onsite) - 6pm beer & hopefully wine just outside the park entrance, and 7pm Dinner (Southwest themed casserole-style enchiladas - includes both meat and vegetable entrees, salad with choice of dressings, veggie and fruit trays, several desserts, tea, lemonade & water).

  • List of Participating Sculptors 
  • Manpower assistance with unloading/loading sculptures
  • Crane assistance with unloading/loading sculptures (you must be pre-registered for this)
  • Outdoor camping with showers & full bathroom facilities at Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center
  • Continental breakfast for sculptors at the park on Saturday morning
  • Lots of friendly volunteer help

    PRE-PRINTED SIGNAGE - Email your titles, medium and selling price along with your website if you have one to prior to 5PM August 29th for computer-printed signage in advance. Registrations received after August 29th will receive hand-printed signage


REGISTRATION FEES (Register early for best savings):

  • Youth Registration is $5 (kids age 5-18 entered in separate Youth section of the park)
  • Caldwell County Schools Registration is $25 (entered in separate Youth section of the park)
  • Adult Sculpture Student $35
  • Early Registration by July 1, $50
  • Early Registration between July 2-31, $60
  • Early Registration August 1-September 5, $70
  • On-site Registration September 6-7 is $80

Welcome Dinner - Free to registered sculptors; guests are $20 in advance (by 9/5/19) or $25 onsite

Registration fees are non-refundable, but we can credit your payment as a donation for tax purposes if you are unable to attend. 



Friday, September 6:

10a-7p -      Park opens for pre-registered sculptors, on-site registration, site selection & setup; crane available for unloading large sculptures (only available for unloading Friday & reloading Saturday afternoon; please use early registration). We will NOT begin check-in until 10:00 a.m.

6pm -           Beer and wine reception near park entrance in the Broyhill Foundation parking lot
(Alcohol is not allowed inside the Broyhill Walking Park)

7pm -           Sculptors Welcome Dinner inside the park* 

8pm -           Introductions, Judge's presentation

Saturday, September 7:

7-8:45am -  Park opens for on-site registration, site selection & set-up. Only small trucks allowed in park & must be removed by 8:45am; Continental breakfast available free for sculptors

9a -             Exhibition opens; judging begins for awards

10a-3p -      Live Music in the park; food vendors and children's art activities

3:15 -          All sculptors come to the awards presentation area (where the music/speakers are set up)

3:30 -          Awards presentation, followed by Judge's walking tour/talk about winning sculptures

4pm -          Exhibition closes; begin to remove sculptures from the park; crane available for loading (must be pre-registered for this assistance)



Provided free for pre-registered sculptors who pre-request it - Available Friday only for offloading and Saturday afternoon for loading up

Only small trucks allowed in the park 7-8:30a.m. Saturday for unloading.


Physical address for the TH Broyhill Walking Park is 945 Lakewood Circle, Lenoir NC
Click here for directions with an interactive Google Map
Click here for an updated map of the area showing available hotels


  • Comfort Inn, 970 Blowing Rock Blvd (Hwy. 321), Lenoir - 828-754-2090
  • Hampton Inn, 262 Hotel St (off Hwy. 64 Wilkesboro Blvd), Lenoir - 828-758-7664
  • Wiese Dorm on historic Patterson School campus in Happy Valley.  Ten miles north of downtown Lenoir on Highway 268, off Hwy 321.  Bring your own sheets/blankets and bath linens, and enjoy our hot showers! No pets. No smoking. Rooms contain two twin beds - some dorms on ground floor and some on second floor. To reserve, please contact Susan Rowe at
  • Days Inn, 206 Blowing Rock Blvd (Hwy. 321), Lenoir - 828-754-0731
  • American Motel, 350 Wilkesboro Blvd SW (Hwy. 18/64), Lenoir - 828-758-1200 
  • Irish Rose B&B, 1344 NW Harper Ave., Lenoir - 828-754-9691
  • Free camping at Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center with access to restrooms & showers
  • Several AirBnB options available at (our zip code is 28645)



  • Bring any pedestals, tables, chairs, hand-trucks, leveling aids, canopy tents, etc. that you may need
  • You can enter the park with your vehicle to unload/reload - then park your vehicle
  • Vehicles with trailers will park in back of the Broyhill Foundation buildings (trailers on the grass & vehicles on the pavement. 
  • Click here for a diagram of the park (this may be updated closer to event date).  
  • Click here for the Facebook page of the park
  • Click here to see a Youtube video of the 2015 event 
  • Click here for the Sculpture Celebration Facebook page
  • Click here to see photos from past events. 
  • Click here for Unloading, Parking, Camper Info, Maps, etc. (may be updated closer to Sept.) 
  • A crane/boom truck is provided on Friday only to pre-registered sculptors who have requested it & Saturday for loading up
  • ONLY the 3 sculptures you enter in the competition may be in the park (no 'craft booths' and no extra items for sale in the park) 
  • Your 3 sculptures may be for sale or not - you handle those sales directly, there's no consignment fee. (We'd love to know if you have sales/commissions, as that helps us market the event in the future!) All sculptures must remain in the park until 4pm (purchasers need to pick up after 4pm)
  • Remember to bring your portfolio & business cards, as attendees often receive commissions for future works
  • Several food vendors will be in the park Saturday; you can feel free to bring your own snacks/drinks; pets on leashes are also welcome.
  • You may not pre-select your space at the park - everyone is First Come-First Served on picking your spots for your sculptures.
  • All 3 sculptures do not have to be placed together.

Any other questions - call us - 828-754-2486 or email


If you are not currently on our email list to receive updates for Sculpture Celebration and other calls for sculpture/quotes/proposals, call us at 828-754-2486 or email us at


Friday, September 6th at 6pm Beer and Wine (we hope) will be available at Broyhill Foundation lot at entry to park & 7pm Dinner at the Broyhill Walking Park (no alcohol is allowed inside the park)

Sculptors, Judge, sponsors and guests gather for a casual buffet dinner and live music, followed by the Judge's presentation. Talk about your work, meet our sponsors, and make friends in this party-like atmosphere. This event is included free with your registration; additional guests meals are $20/person in advance or $25/person on site. Dinner this year is Southwest themed enchiladas and includes meat and vegetarian options, fruits & vegetables, salad, bread, sweet/unsweet tea, lemonade and a variety of desserts.  

In case of rain, the Sculptors Welcome Dinner may be moved to the nearby First Methodist Church in downtown Lenoir (Church Street/Ashe Avenue in front of Caldwell Hospice), but the Sculpture Celebration on Saturday goes on rain or shine in the TH Broyhill Walking Park.


2005 Article by Edward Terry, then editor of Lenoir News-Topic
2015 Article by Candace Tippett
2015 Winners 
2015 Photos of event 
2016 Winners & photos of event
More history