The City of Newton Public Art Commission has recently received a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County for Newton Art for the Public, a rotating public exhibition of sculpture throughout the city. The grant provides the Newton Public Art Commission artists’ honoraria for the loan of 12 sculptures that will be installed out-of-doors in Downtown Newton and additional public spaces within the city for one year terms.

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Steampunk Kingfisher

Ray Giddens' "Steampunk Kingfisher," a brass and steel bird in a whimsical steampunk style, is installed at Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Outside the Box

Ray Giddens' "Outside the Box," a a metal sculpture consisting of a hollow cube and butterflies painted a copper color, is installed at the Main Library, 115 West C St. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Blue Tree of Paradise

Ray Giddens' "Blue Tree of Paradise," a blue metal tree with large flower blossoms, is installed at First Citizens Bank, 11 South College Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Caged Spinner

Ray Giddens' "Caged Spinner," a multicolored, wind-driven kinetic sculpture with a butterfly in a cage, is installed at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Symphonic Gate

Jim Gallucci's "Symphonic Gate," a gate of galvanized and powder coated steel pipe, is installed at Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 West 6th St. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Red Fish

John Ross' "Red Fish," a multicolored, abstract kinetic sculpture, is installed at the Catawba County Justice Center, 100 Government Drive. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Remembrance

Peter Rubino's "Remembrance," a fired clay patriotic sculpture with hand-painted bronze patina, is installed inside the History Museum of Catawba County, 30 North College Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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A Touch of Color

Sam Steffey's "A Touch of Color, " a metal bouquet of flowers, is installed outside the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, 1175 South Brady Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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The Dancer

Stephen Zawistowski's "The Dancer," a metal ballet sculpture, is installed outside the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 South Main Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Go Hornets!

John Ross' "Go Hornets!," a multicolored, abstract kinetic sculpture, is installed at Central Recreation Center, 301 South Ervin Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Orbiting Dots

John Ross' "Orbiting Dots," a multicolored, abstract kinetic sculpture, is installed at the Heritage Trail Greenway trailhead on West 7th Street. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

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Back Bone

John Ross' "Back Bone," a metal sculpture made of railroad rails, is installed at the Historic Newton Depot, 1123 North Main Ave. For purchase information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov.

Each artist selected will:

  • Be paid an honorarium of $200 per sculpture, for up to 4 pieces, for a period of 1 year, or until the sculpture has been purchased.

  • Receive 90% of the sculpture’s sales price if a piece is sold while on display or is sold to a purchaser who became aware of the sculpture through the Art for the Public exhibition (artists will set the sales price).

  • Be eligible to be considered to provide public talks about themselves and their artwork. Those selected will receive an additional honorarium as well as free room and board if needed.

  • Transport the selected sculpture to and from Newton, North Carolina.

  • Inform the Newton Public Art Commission about possible safety considerations involving their piece or other considerations that might be helpful for assisting in the installation and exhibition process.

  • Provide the Newton Public Art Commission promotional, educational, and sales information used to assist in promoting and disseminating information about this public art project.

The Newton Public Art Commission will:

  • Provide bases or pads for the exhibition of the temporary artworks.

  • Provide insurance for artworks while they are on public display in Newton.

  • Take all precautions possible to protect the artworks from damage.

  • Install each artwork on a base or pad selected in conjunction with the artist.

  • Collect, record, report, and promote sponsorship donations for this project.

  • Promote featured artists and their artwork in conjunction with the Newton Public Art Commission’s mission to contribute to the city’s cultural and economic vitality for the benefit of Newton's citizens and visitors.

  • Coordinate public programming designed to benefit Newton's citizens, visitors, and artists.

Eligibility:

  • Open to artists 18 years of age or older working in sculpture that will be installed outside.

  • Artwork must be original.

  • Artists will be paid an honorarium of $200 per sculpture for up to four pieces.

  • If before it has been accepted by the commission, an entry has been committed for another use, a proposed substitute replacement piece must be submitted and accepted by the commission in writing.

  • No more than five pieces per artist may be submitted.

  • Artwork submitted is not required to be for sale. If a sculpture is selected by the commission, however, and it becomes available for sale after the sculpture has been picked up by the artist and it is sold to a purchaser who became aware of the sculpture through the Art for the Public Exhibition, the Newton Public Art Commission is owed a 10 percent retainer fee.

Entry Procedures:

  • No fee will be charged to enter the competition.

  • Up to five sculptures may be entered.

  • Up to three photo images may be submitted for each sculpture entered, showing details or different views of each piece. For example, an artist may enter five different sculptures for consideration and can submit up to three different images of each sculpture, for a total of 15 photographic images.

Entries may be submitted by one of three different methods: 

  • Email (files should not exceed 30 MB) to africk@newtonnc.gov.

  • Mailed CD in JPEG format to P.O. Box 550, Newton, NC 28658.

  • Hand-delivered CD in JPEG format to Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave. Newton, NC 28658.

» No PowerPoint presentations or videos will be accepted.

The following information is required for each entry piece:

  • Entry number (for example, No. 1 for your first sculpture, No. 2 for your second sculpture, etc.).

  • Artist’s name.

  • Artist's contact information.

  • Title of artwork.

  • Year created.

  • Medium (materials used).

  • Size (height, width, depth, approximate weight).

  • Sales price. The price should include the 10 percent retained by the Newton Public Art Commission if the piece is sold while part of the exhibition or sold to a purchaser who became aware of the sculpture through the Art for the Public Exhibition.

  • Insurance value (applicable if the sculpture is not for sale, or if it is different from the sales price)

Entries may be emailed to africk@newtonnc.gov, mailed to Newton City Hall, Attn: Alex Frick, P.O. Box 550, Newton, NC 28658; or hand delivered to Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave., Newton, NC 28658. For more information, contact Alex Frick at africk@newtonnc.gov or 828-695-4266.