38th Tri-State Sculpture Conference

Registration is open for the 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference in Seagrove, NC, October 6-9, 2016! Sponsored by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks, it is shaping up to be a great conference. For more information, visit 2016 TSS Conference.

Registration Is Open!

There are three easy ways to register for the 2016 Tri-State Sculptors Conference! Make sure that you register by the Early-Bird deadline of August 31 to save big and lock in your spot! Questions? Contact Melissa by email at melissa@carolinabronze.com. Please help us go “green” and save our conference organizers extra paperwork by registering online at:

•                    Click on this link to go to the online registration page:  Online Registration
•                    Filling out the paper form, click here to download form
(TSS paper registration form) and mailing it in it to the address listed on the form
•                   Onsite Registration: October 6, 7 and 8 only!

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Tri-State Member Exhibition in Hiddenite, NC

The 2016 Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts will center on an exhibit by the Tri-State Sculptors.  The date will be September 24, 2016. The theme will be “MONUMENTAL IMAGES: Celebrating 35 years of Monumental Events! ”.  2016 marks the 35th Anniversary of the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center and the festival.

Sculpture will be located on the lawn of the mansion and in the 2nd floor art gallery of the mansion.  The exhibit will run through August and September, culminating at the Hiddenite Celebration, which draws an average crowd of 15,000 to the small hamlet of Hiddenite.

Members of Tri-State Sculptors are asked to submit indoor or outdoor work for this exhibition.  This exhibition will be juried by the staff at the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center.  Approximately 12-20 pieces will be selected for the indoor exhibition, including  sculpture hung from the wall and ceiling (no more than 25 lbs.). Up to 6 outdoor pieces will be selected and awarded $100 to help with delivery costs.  Sculptors are invited to aid in hosting the exhibit on the exhibition day by their presence in a “meet and greet” scenario.

How to Apply:

Please submit a CD to including a maximum of 3 submissions (2 views of each sculpture if you would like).  Please make images a minimum of 150 dpi, no less than 1000 pixels in either direction and include an annotated image list.  Please include your name and all contact information along with the title, material, size, weight, and if the work is intended to be indoor or outdoor.

Example:  Entry 1:  “Sculpture Title”     Welded Steel     79H x 32W x 25D  300lbs  Outdoor.

CD’s and Image list can be mailed to:

Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center

316 Hiddenite Church Road

Hiddenite, NC 28636


Please contact Allison Houchins at allison@hiddenitearts.org with further questions

Important Dates:

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Delivery/ Install: July 20-29, 2016

Exhibition Opening: September 24, 2016

De-installation/ Pick-up: September 24 (after the opening) – 30, 2016

Letter from Matt Amante

Matt Amante, President

Matt Amante, President

2015 is nearing the end, and it has been a great year for Tri-State. If you were able to attend the conference in Wilmington, you know Andi Steele deserves a lot of credit for organizing a fantastic event that couldn’t even be stopped by a Hurricane! The weekend was filled with workshops, talks, exhibitions, Judy Phaff’s Keynote talk, and conversations that made me proud to be president of this organization.

Looking to the future, we have plenty on our plate as well. We are currently accepting nominations for the position of President, Vice President, and Treasure. The conference for next year sounds amazing and Melissa and Ed Walker are working very hard to assure that this event will be fantastic. We have an Iron Pour coming up at Jim’s studio in February, and calls for artists that pertain directly to our members included in this newsletter.

On a personal level, I want to thank the organization, members, and board for supporting me throughout my term as President. I struggled a bit in the beginning, but I think we made some interesting additions and positive contributions to the group by the end. I wouldn’t be able to do anything without a network of supportive friends and mentors. Our board and members made my term much better than I though it could be in the beginning. Lets nominate people by January and spend the next year transitioning them in a way that they can be successful and keep us moving in a positive direction.

Thanks again everyone!

Deadlines Approaching!

Registration for the 2015 Tri-State Conference in Wilmington is well underway. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for??!! There will be lots of presentations, workshops and exhibits to see and it’s in Wilmington! Don’t let deadlines sneak up on you! Here is a link to the registration info: http://tristatesculptors.org/tss-annual-conference/37th-annual-conference/

Speaking of deadlines…. There is a big one coming up for the 2016 Tri-State Conference. Yes, I did say 2016. We were trying to keep it a surprise until the conference in Wilmington, but best laid plans don’t always work. The 2016 Tri-State Conference will be October 7, 8, and 9, 2016. It will be sponsored by Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove, NC and STARworks in Star, NC with exhibitions in Asheboro, NC. Planning is already underway with lots to see and do, and fire, lots of fire.

The outdoor exhibit for the conference is in Asheboro and is up for 18 months. They have put out their call for artist with entries due on July 31 of 2015. That is this month folks!! While they are taking entries from everyone, Tri-State members will be given preference, so please, let’s put on a good show and get your entries to them now. The exhibit will be up during the conference. Here is the info:

Call to Artists – Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition – Asheboro, NC  Asheboro, NC – The Randolph Arts Guild in conjunction with the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber and the City of Asheboro announce a call to artists wishing to participate in the Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition.

The Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition features the work of regional sculptors to highlight and enhance the revitalization of downtown Asheboro. The sculptures which will be on display in public spaces throughout downtown Asheboro alongside works in the City’s permanent collection. The sculptures and the murals that adorn downtown create an arts experience that is on display twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition will be on display beginning in the Fall of this year. Interested artists should visit www.RandolphArtsGuild.com to download the prospectus.  Artists will be given stipends for the loan and installation of their work.  The deadline for submission is July 31st, 2015.  There is no application fee.

For more information about the Downtown Asheboro Sculpture Exhibition visit www.RandolphArtsGuild.Com or call 336-629-0399.

2015 Conference T-Shirt Designs Are Out!

The 2015 Conference t-shirt designs have been released! Short or long sleeve shirts are available as well as aprons. Be sure to order yours when you register for the conference at this link!

New Sculpture Park in NC

North Carolina is getting a new sculpture park in one

of its most southern counties. The establishment of this

new park is being spearheaded by the non-profit organization

Jumbo Arts International – founded and led

by professional visual and performing artists. They are

forming a partnership with the COMtech Business Park,

where the facility will be located.

Discussions about this sculpture park have been ongoing

between the Jumbo Arts team and COMtech’s

Executive Director, Ryan Nance, since mid-2014. In

October of 2014 the Jumbo team met with the COMtech

Board of Directors to formally present the idea

of a sculpture park. The Board voted unanimously to

approve and begin the initial steps to place sculpture in

the business park.

Presenting to the COMtech Board were members of

the Jumbo Arts Board of Directors, Margie Labadie and

John Labadie, as well as others involved in the planning

of the sculpture park. Margie Labadie, President

of Jumbo, is an adjunct faculty member in the UNC

Pembroke Art Department. John Labadie is Professor

of Digital Fine Art at UNCP. Adam Walls, Associate

Professor of Sculpture at UNC Pembroke discussed his

creative experiences with sculpture parks in several

other states. Gary Morin, Corporate Assistant Director

of Resources for Human Development (RHD) also

spoke. RHD is a non-profit healthcare provider working

with Jumbo Arts to establish an art and sculpture

making facility for adults with Intellectual and Developmental


During this meeting, emphasis was placed on the

inherently positive nature of sculpture parks on the

regions in which they are situated. Many sculpture

parks are major tourist attractions, economic engines

and job creation sites. The Jumbo team underscored

the fact that there are no sculpture parks within 100

miles of the COMtech Business Park, which is ideally

located to attract visitors. COMtech is situated only

three miles from the heavily traveled intersection of

I-95 and I-74.

A health conscious, community non-profit partner,

COMtech is already establishing a series of walking

and hiking trails in this park filled with trees and

scenic lakes. It’s broad center lane will potentially

feature many of the sculptures while others will be

placed strategically throughout the park for future.