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Austin Sheppard: Sculptor, Technician, and Educator
Born and raised in southeast North Carolina. 6 years ago, Austin moved back to the family farm to make work, and wound up getting a job at UNC Pembroke, where he currently works as a Studio Technician and Part-Time Lecturer.
"My work straddles a line between the permanence of traditional sculpture and the impermanence of performance-based occurrences, unified by the objectified, yet malleable human body. Heavily influenced by shaman-like ritualism and pagan guising, I seek sustainability by incorporating both natural and reclaimed man-made materials. Through observation, omen-reading, and the search for the Celtic Otherworld, it is my goal to re-establish a fractured relationship with nature."
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Call For Outdoor Public Sculptures
Up to $3000 stipend for one
Deadline: July 18, 2022
City of Oxford
Sculpture Trail, NC
Seeking Outdoor Sculptures
Deadline June, 30 2022
Danville Art Trail
Seeking Outdoor Sculpture
Deadline June, 17 2022
Caldwell Arts Council
Tucker's Outdoor Gallery
is seeking entries for works to be on display in downtown Lenoir, NC and to be available for purchase.
2022 Sculpture Celebration
Broyhill Waling Park,
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022
A total of $11,000 in cash awards for juror selected sculptures! This year's juror is John Douglas Powers
Eli Blasko: Graduate Student Western Carolina University
Eli Blasko is an artist and designer based in Western North Carolina.
He primarily works in sculpture with an emphasis on wood as material. His work ranges from exploring traditional craft and design techniques to expansive conceptual interventions into the lives of objects and highly detailed constructions for public, commercial, and gallery settings. Many of his projects begin as research-based inquiries into the history of objects, images, and geographies.
Eli received a BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and also studied in the Studio of Intermedia+ at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. He holds credentials as a craft instructor in carpentry and welding from the National Center for Construction Education Research, and is currently an MFA candidate for 2022 at Western Carolina University.