Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Outside and Close to Art ; City's Sculpt EVV Show Puts Sculpture in the Neighborhood

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Outside and Close to Art ; City's Sculpt EVV Show Puts Sculpture in the Neighborhood

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Artists from around the country gathered Saturday in Evansville to display their best outdoor sculpture at the city's second Sculpt EVV art show and contest. The 10 pieces on display around Haynie's Corner were selected from nearly 120 entries.

The number of entries was impressive, considering "there are not that many people in the outdoor sculpture scene," said Hilary Braysmith, an associate professor of art history at the University of Southwestern Indiana. "To do outdoor sculpture you have to be an artist, an architect, an engineer and a construction worker."

The outdoor sculpture exhibit and contest was Braysmith's brainchild. She conceived it to be a tourist draw that would bring them - and art - into the city.

The contest has gained popularity among artists partly because the organizers ran a full-page color advertisement in Sculpture Magazine, a popular publication in the art world, Braysmith said.

Pictures of the previous year's winners were run in the ad, which is great publicity for those artists, Braysmith said.

Also, artists selected for the show had a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

Winning "would be wonderful - just wonderful - monetarily, and more so what it means is other people like your work," said entrant Scott Westphal. "As an artist you struggle with that. You do it because you want to, but at some point you realize you can't unless other people like it. So (winning awards like these) keeps you going."

Westphal's piece, "Elements," won the Purchase Award, worth $20,000.

The sculpture comprises curved I-beams arranged in a circle.

"It's a very human form, even though it's not an actual human form,"

Westphal said. "The shape, to me, it's a bit sensual or sexy. I think it's a bit feminine. There's a feeling of dancing, or a group of dancers.

Westphal's wife, Carol, chimed in that from any angle, there is always one beam that appears to be straight, a more masculine form.

The Purchase Award winner was chosen by a committee of event organizers. It carried the highest prize of the show's five awards: Purchase, Best in Show, second, third and People's Choice. …

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