Sculpture Celebration

Join us for the 38th Annual Sculpture Celebration

Held Rain or Shine from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, September 7, 2024 at the Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir

When the Caldwell Arts Council held its first Sculpture Celebration in 1985, few could have imagined that it would continue today. Held annually on the Saturday after Labor Day at the Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, NC, the nationally recognized event draws sculptors, mostly who live east of the Mississippi, in competition for $11,000 in cash awards and potential sales.

The event is free to the public and opens to thousands of people who come to take in the beautiful grounds studded with sculpture. The event is held rain or shine and includes live music, on-site food trucks, and free shuttle service to and from off-site parking.

For questions or further information, feel free to email us or call 828-754-2486.

Check back for the lists of bands and food vendors, exhibiting sculptors, and 2024 sponsors.

Friday Night Welcome Dinner

Before coming to the Sculpture Celebration, join us for the Sculptors’ Welcome Dinner on Friday night! This event is open to the pubic.

Tickets are $30 each and include a beer and wine reception with music by Jimmie Griffith, a presentation by this year’s judge, Brent Skidmore, and a catered dinner. We hope to see you there!

Click to buy tickets. Sculptors, please use the registration portal to purchase additional meals. 

Date: September 6, 2024
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: The HUB Station Auditorium located at 145 Cedar Valley Road in Hudson, NC

Thanks for making our 2023 event a success!
The Caldwell Arts Council's staff and Board of Directors thanks everyone who came out to the Broyhill Walking Park for the Annual Sculpture Celebration! 2,200 people enjoyed a beautiful day filled with fabulous art installed around the lake, complete with good food and music. 

We also thank Kyle Lusk for serving as our judge, as well as the 50+ sculptors who entered over 130 pieces in the competition.

Congratulations to the 15 sculptors who were awarded $11,000 in cash prizes! 

2023 Sculpture Celebration Winners

$3,000 Best in Show: "Luna" by Sam Spiczka of Apex, NC
$2,000 First Place: "Don't Tell Me to Get a Grip"  by Julie Slattery of Asheville, NC
$1,500 Second Place: "Meditations"  by Olga Yukhno of Columbia, SC
$1,000 Third Place: "Impractical Hardware"  by Harry McDaniel of Asheville, NC

$500 Judge's Merit Awards
"Wreckage Reborn"  by Amanda Szot of Boone, NC
"Tin of Hearts"  by Beau Lyday of Valdese, NC
"Ghost of the Muse"  by Eric Serritella of Chapel Hill, NC
"Sylvia"  by Nicholas Batounis of Oak Island, NC
"Smoke"  by Roger Atkins of Boone, NC


$100 Honorable Mention Awards
"Into Me I See"  by John Ross of Morganton, NC
"Scorpius"  by Lawrence Feir of Greensboro, NC
"I Don't Know Yet"  by Nathaniel Miller of Collettsville, NC
"Simple Beginnings"  by Pam Brewer of Newland, NC
"Dispensers"  by Sean Matthews of Mechanicsburg, PA

$500 Stevens Family Foundation People's Choice Award:
"Fairy Land"  by Brent Cook of Lenoir, NC

2023 Registered Sculptors

Jeff Albert
Caroline Marie Anderson
Roger Atkins
William Baker
Nicholas Batounis
Howard Benno
Joseph Bigley
Pam Brewer
George Cadell
Penelope Cervero
Brent Cook
Drew Coombes
Corky Corrado
Meg Crowley
Chris Dalton
Bob Doster
Lawrence Feir
Emma Finnen

Elizabeth Franklin
Olivia Guy
Chris Hall
Mark Kastner
David Keating
Karena Kidd Graves
Nathan Leslie
Aiden Loorham
Beau Lyday
Sean Matthews
Harry McDaniel
Fred Mead
Joseph Medina DaSilva
"Mr. Jeff" Menzer
Dakota Merritt
Nathaniel Miller
Matthew Mroz
Roy Nydorf

Linda Pannullo
Bill Prevatte
Thaddeus Prevette
Alexander Rago
Tom Risser
John Ross
Glenn Saborosch
Keith Savage
Eric Serritella
Richard Sinclair
Julie Slattery
Ashely Spero
Sam Spiczka
Amanda Szot
Keegan Watson
Jim Weitzel
Olga Yukhno

2024 Sculpture Celebration Sponsors
The 38th Annual Sculpture Celebration is funded in part by these generous sponsors and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Broyhill Family Foundation
Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce
City of Lenoir
Lenoir Rotary 
Lenoir Tourism Development Authority
North Carolina Arts Council
Stevens Family Foundation
Bill White Endowment
WNC Sculpture Center & Park