The Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition (RBSE) is a biennial juried art show of contemporary outdoor sculpture on display throughout the town of Rosemary Beach. It is the signature event of this quintessential New Urbanism town located on the Gulf of Mexico along scenic highway 30A in northwest Florida, between Panama City and Destin. Architectural Digest recently name Rosemary Beach as one of the 30 most beautiful main streets in America.
New Urbanism towns, also known as Neo-Traditional, are built according to traditional neighborhood principles that preceded suburban sprawl. It is a return to walkable paths and sidewalks surrounding a town center and public spaces where people live, work and play.
Public art has long been a staple in many traditional towns, whether it is to honor a local hero or to bring attention to some aspect of the town’s cultural heritage. In our postmodern time, a show of contemporary outdoor sculpture in a Neo-Traditional town can uplift and inspire in similar fashion. It can encourage locals and visitors alike to view the world and their own heritage in perhaps new and inspiring ways as they engage with the personal artistic expression of each sculptor.
PURPOSE. The purpose of this sculpture exhibition is to enhance the quality and excellence of Rosemary Beach through complementing its architectural heritage and natural beauty with outdoor sculpture; and, to contribute to the cultural arts environment in our county and surrounding areas.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2019-20 EXHIBITION
Artists & Sculptures. Sixteen sculptures by 16 artists were selected from 77 entries for the exhibition. The entries came from 53 artists across 20 states, Washington D.C., and Paris France. Visit the Artists & Sculptures page to view the sculptures and to learn more about them and the artists.
Events. Several events are being planned around the Exhibition, including a Patron’s Party, Artist Panel Discussion, Opening Reception, Homeowners' Only Event, Student Participation, and more.
One of the events leading up to the exhibition will be an Earth Day Celebration in conjunction with Ohana School. Students there, working under the guidance of their art and science teachers, are creating a science-based sculpture that will teach stewardship of our oceans and earth. To be made from debris from our gulf waters, beach and surrounding areas, the sculpture will raise awareness of the ever-growing problem of single use plastics and its threat to oceans, marine life and humans alike. The sculpture will be unveiled on April 22, 2019 (Earth Day) in Rosemary Beach.
Printed Material. A printed brochure with a site map will guide visitors through the RBSE and A Catalogue of the Exhibition will be available for visitors who want to learn more about the artists and their works.
Audio Tour. An audio tour narrated by the artists themselves will be offered through the free ‘Otocast’ smartphone app, enabling visitors to hear the artists as they view the sculptures.
Media. Posters will promote the exhibition and news and updates will appear in traditional media, as well as on the social media sites, Facebook and Instagram.
FUNDING. Private donations and in-kind sponsors fund the RBSE, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor. The RBSE sought sponsorship from this 501(c)(3) entity in order to enable contributions to the RBSE to be tax deductible, and to take advantage of other benefits of sponsorship from an organization with a national reach such as Fractured Atlas. There are many levels of sponsorship available and we invite you to visit our Donate page to learn how you can make a contribution. We thank you in advance for your support of the arts in our community.
SCULPTURE EXHIBITION COMMITTEE. Five Rosemary Beach homeowners make up the Committee that plans and implements the Exhibition. They are, Project Director Tom Kramer, Linda Gifford, Marsha Aldridge King, Victoria Lee, and Lawrence Pugh. Backed by the Rosemary Beach Property Owners’ Association (POA), the POA staff and numerous volunteers work with the committee to help mount the Exhibition.
MORE ABOUT ROSEMARY BEACH. The town comprises 107 acres and 2500 feet of beach. Built according to the traditional neighborhood plan, the town is a design of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA. Homes and commercial structures in Rosemary Beach are built according to a strict urban code that ensures architectural harmony and integrity.
Greens, pocket gardens and squares shape the town and set the stage for outdoor sculpture. The vibrant town center includes the town hall and post office, hotel, inn, restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, bookstore, bakery, coffee shop, bank, day spa, design services and other businesses.
Though Rosemary Beach is the permanent home for a number of year-round residents, thousands of vacationers visit each year to enjoy its natural beauty, unique architecture, and a variety of events and festivals. Learn more about Rosemary Beach at rosemarybeach.com.