Richard Salmon loves metal.
He welds it, wields it and headed a company that works with it. He also loves contemporary sculpture. Put those things together and you’ll see why Richard and his wife Pam started a competition 10 years ago that brings big contemporary sculptures to San Angelo’s Sunken Garden Park.
On Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 they will reveal the 13 artists from near and far whose sculptures will be installed at South Abe Street and Avenue D.
The Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition creates the opportunity for artists to haul their oversized works to West Texas, sometimes from thousands of miles away.
Richard, former president of Wendland Manufacturing Corporation, grew up in Santa Rita near the Sunken Garden Park.
He said he had driven by the park hundreds of times when he decided it would be the perfect place for outdoor sculptures.
He worked with Howard Taylor, director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, and the city’s Parks Department to create the competition.
The competition is promoted worldwide every two years and a different juror each time chooses the best of the entries.
This year’s juror is Katie Robinson Edwards, Ph.D., the curator of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin and author of Midcentury Modern Art in Texas. This year she picked from 62 entries, more sculptors and pieces than ever before entered.
Who are the sculptors:
- Elizabeth Akamatsu of Nacogdoches
- Wesley Blossom of Gunnison, Colorado
- Matthew Boulay of Salem, Oregon
- Danville Chadbourne of San Antonio
- Valérie Chaussonnet of Austin
- Art Garcia of Dallas
- James Hetherington of San Antonio
- Dewane Hughes of Troup
- Makenzie Martin of Melissa
- Michelle O’Michael of Houston
- Lionel Smit of Cape Town, South Africa
- Kevin Stanford of Eldorado
- John Vinklarek of San Angelo
IF YOU GO
SYMPOSIUM: there is a sculpture symposium at ASU featuring this year’s juror Katie Robinson Edwards, exhibiting artist Suguru Hiraide and moderator Howard Taylor from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. An exhibit of Hiraide’s sculpture can be seen from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in 193 Gallery in the Carr Building.
OPENING: The opening and awards reception for the Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday in the Sunken Garden Park on Abe Street at Aven. The event is a free opportunity for everyone to see the newly installed sculptures and meet their creators.
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