On Lemon Street in Lakeland, Jerzy Kedziora's "Feng Shui" of coldcast bronze is suspended between the trees.

Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition To Show Winning Works in 3 Cities

14th Annual Exhibition to Feature Art in Winter Haven, Lakeland & Sebring

LAKELAND ― Polk Museum of Art and the Cities of Winter Haven, Lakeland and Sebring are pleased to announce the selection of 26 new sculptures that will be displayed in downtown parks as part of the 14th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The sculptures are being installed during the last week of February and the first week of March.

“We welcome the City of Sebring to the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition this year and are thrilled for the opportunity to facilitate the installation of public art well beyond the Museum’s walls,” said Claire Orologas, executive director of Polk Museum of Art. “Cities throughout the country are realizing the value – in economic, social and cultural terms – of having art as a prominent and integrated part of their urban landscape.” 

Every year, sculptures are selected by a committee of community members and Museum staff for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. This year, the committee selected sculptures from 50 entries by 19 artists representing eight states.

Winter Haven

In Winter Haven, 10 winning sculptures will be installed in the Central Park area for the ninth consecutive year. The exhibition will be celebrated, and Winter Haven show winners announced, at the annual Central Park Stroll from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.  The Stroll is free and open to the public; attendees will be invited to vote on a People’s Choice winner that evening, also.

The 10 artists, their hometowns and works selected to be displayed in Winter Haven are:

  • Karyn Adamek, Lutz, Fla., “Pegasus,” 2013, railroad spikes, 6 feet by 7 feet by 4 feet.
  • Jack Howard-Potter, New York, N.Y., “Descending Night,” 2012, galvanized and powder-coated steel, 7 feet, 11 inches by 9 feet, 5 inches by 3 feet, 6 inches.
  • Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, N.C., “Sunburst,” 2010, steel, 8 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet.
  • Jerzy Kedziora, Miami Beach, Fla., “Boy with anchor,” 2012, coldcast bronze, 8 feet, 2 inches by 4 feet, 9 inches by 4 feet, six inches.
  • James Lasley, Gainesville, Fla., “Ride, Captain, Ride,” 2013, metal, 6 feet by 8 feet by 2 feet.
  • Gus Ocamposilva, Clearwater, Fla., “Dancer of the Wind 2,” 2013, aluminum and enamel, 12 feet, 5 inches by 6 feet, 8 inches by 1 foot, 3 inches.
  • James Oleson Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., “Rusty,” 2013, mixed steel, 4 feet, 8 inches by 3 feet, 5 inches by 1 foot, 5 inches.
  • Larry Ringgold, Chesapeake Bay, Md., “Tinker,” 2013, driftwood, 6 feet, 11 inches by 2 feet, 3 inches by 7 feet, 6 inches.
  • James Westermann, Morrisville, Vt., “Comet,” 2010, steel and stone, 14 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • Glenn Zweygardt, Alfred Station, N.Y., “Verde Passage,” 2006, verde antique, cast bronze and cast glass, 7 feet, 8 inches by 2 feet, 3 inches by 1 foot, 4 inches.

Lakeland

In Lakeland, 10 winning sculptures will be installed along Lemon Street for the second consecutive year. FLOSC winners also were displayed on Lemon between 2001 and 2007. The exhibition will be celebrated, and Lakeland winners announced, at April’s First Friday event, 6-9 p.m. April 4.

The 10 artists, their hometowns and works selected to be displayed in Lakeland are:

  • Karyn Adamek, Lutz, Fla., “Iron Horse Jumper,” 2013, railroad spikes, 6 feet by 8 feet by 3 feet.
  • Jack Howard-Potter, New York, N.Y., “Valkyrie,” 2008, galvanized and powder-coated steel, 9 feet, 9 inches by 9 feet, 8 inches by 8 feet.
  • Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, N.C., “Balance Point,” 2013, steel, cast iron and paint, 9 feet by 1 foot, 6 inches by 1 foot, 6 inches.
  • Jerzy Kedziora, Miami Beach, Fla., “Feng Shui,” 2007, coldcast bronze, 6 feet, 6 inches by 3 feet, 9 inches by 3 feet, 9 inches.
  • Gus Ocamposilva, Clearwater, Fla., “Dancer of the Wind 3,” 2013, aluminum and enamel, 12 feet, 5 inches by 6 feet, 8 inches by 1 foot, 3 inches.
  • James Oleson Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., “Reflecting,” 2013, welded mixed steel, 5 feet, 4 inches by 2 feet, 11 inches by 1 foot, 1 inch.
  • Wesley Stewart, Martinez, Ga., “For Us,” 2012, steel, 11 feet, 6 inches by 5 feet, 2 inches by 5 feet.
  • Joseph Thompson, Greenville, S.C., “Archangel After Michael,” 2005, steel, 7 feet, 2 inches by 2 feet, 8 inches by 2 feet, 8 inches.
  • Adam Walls, Hope Mills, N.C., “POW,” 2013, painted steel, 5 feet, 5 inches by 3 feet by 6 feet.
  • Glenn Zweygardt, Alfred Station, N.Y., “Malachite Voyager,” 2003, stone, glass and metal, 9 feet, 4 inches by 3 feet by 2 feet, 8 inches.

Sebring

In Sebring, six winning sculptures will be installed for the first time.

The six artists, their hometowns and works selected to be displayed in Sebring are:

  • Karyn Adamek, Lutz, Fla., “Iron Horses,” 2013, recycled metal, 6 feet by 8 feet by 3 feet.
  • Craig Gray, Key West, Fla., “Slices of Heaven,” 2013, concrete combined with limestone, 2 feet by 1 foot by 3 feet, 6 inches.
  • Jack Howard-Potter, New York, N.Y., “Winged Glory,” 2009, galvanized and powder-coated steel, 8 feet, 5 inches by 7 feet, 4 inches by 5 feet, 2 inches.
  • Hanna Jubran, Grimesland, N.C., “The Three Graces,” 2012, steel, cast iron and paint, 8 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • Aisling Millar, Greenville, N.C., “Bealtaine,” 2012, steel, 7 feet, 11 inches by 2 feet by 1 foot.
  • Adam Walls, Hope Mills, N.C., “Father and Son,” 2013, painted steel, 5 feet, 5 inches by 4 feet by 4 feet, 5 inches.

An independent judge selects the Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards, which are announced at the public celebrations planned by the cities. The sculptures will be displayed for a year.

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Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in Central Florida. The Museum is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Association of Museums serving the 561,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays; and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for Museum members. General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors (62 and older). Children and students with student IDs are admitted for free. Special exhibition fees may apply. Admission is free to all from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday mornings. The Museum is fully accessible.

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