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2018-2019 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition Selections Announced

Post Date:12/07/2017 1:30 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2017) – The City of Ocala is pleased to announce the selected sculptors and their works participating in the 2018-2019 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

SELECTED ARTIST                                          LOCATION                         NAME OF SCULPTURE

Mike Hansel                                                       Middletown, RI                 Navigator

Corrina Sephora                                               Atlanta, GA                         Transcendence

John Gamache                                                  Ocala, FL                              Robustae

Claudia Lauster                                                 Naples, FL                            Job

Keith Bryant                                                       Charlotte, NC                     Leaf Boats

Richard Whitehill                                              Earlysillve, VA                    Waves

Kevin Lehman                                                    Lancaster, PA                     Monoliths: Shine

Gus and Lina Ocamposilva                            Clearwater, FL                   Arabesque

James Futral                                                       Ft. Myers, FL                      Metal Elephant

Darryl Lauster                                                    Arlington, TX                      Untitled (Monument to John Glenn)

The competition received 117 entries from across the United States and Canada. A selection jury comprised of local community and arts organization representatives selected ten sculptures to advance in the competition, taking place throughout Tuscawilla and the Tuscawilla Art Park for a 20-month exhibit. The exhibit will include works made of sandstone, concrete, aluminum, steel and scrap metal. Unique to the 2018-2019 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, this year the event will include a solar-powered and kinetic sculpture, as well as two new installations in Lake Tuscawilla.

Sculpture installations will take place at Tuscawilla and the Tuscawilla Art Park Monday, Feb. 12 through Thursday, Feb. 15. A special unveiling reception, “BOBA: Beginning of Bolted Art,” will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tuscawilla Art Park located at 223 NE Fifth St. Guests in attendance for this ticketed VIP reception will have the opportunity for docent tours of the ten new sculptures, complete with culinary delights paired with adult specialty beverages and live entertainment featuring Ethio-American vocalist and composer, Meklit. VIP tickets are available for $25 per person and can be purchased at bobasculpturevip.eventbrite.com.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 or artinfo@ocalafl.org

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