Daily:Beyond Walls

Coming soon is one of our favorite times of year for sculpture: The Beyond Walls exhibition in Cornelius.  Beyond Walls is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, this year taking place in Robbins Park. Ten pieces were selected for this year’s show from over 30 applicants.  The 2016 Beyond Walls Artists are:

Paris Alexander spent ten years as a research specialist at the Duke University Cancer Center. In 1993, he decided to pursue his avocation, the study and creation of sculpture, full time. His work has been exhibited widely including galleries, universities, and museums, with numerous public and private commissions. His work is included in the collections of WakeMed, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Saks Fifth Avenue, the R.C. Kessler Collection, SAS Institute, former President Bill Clinton, former Senator Bob Dole, and many others. Paris is also a well-known instructor in sculpture, drawing, and anatomy.

Bobby Donovan is sculptor, painter and printmaker. His sculptural works incorporate the traditional materials of  wood, steel, and stone. Trained as a minimalist, Donovan prefers using the inherent qualities of materials to create constructed forms using simple techniques. Nearly all of his sculptures are non-representational although some will, on occasion, have naturalistic references. His artwork is in many public and private collections including the National Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Portland Museum of Art.

Bob Coon was born in Charlotte and educated in the public schools of North Carolina. His Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing was earned at the University of Georgia. This was followed by a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. He then became an instructor at Ohio University. His teaching career continued at Western College, Albright College, and Wilson College. In 1985 he became a part of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, where he served as Artist-in-Residence until 1987. His resume and exhibition record can be accessed at http://www.sculpturebyrobertcoon.net or www.robertcoonsculptor.com.

South Carolina native Adam Walls has been creating art for public exhibition since 2004. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Limestone College and taught art in art centers, public schools, and out of his own studio until receiving his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Winthrop University in 2005. Since then, Adam’s work has appeared in Sculpture magazine, been the topic of discussion on NPR and ETV, and has been exhibited in over 100 outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Adam currently resides in Hope Mills, NC, and serves as the head of the sculpture program at UNC Pembroke.

Edwin White‘s career as an artist began in 1974 in Staunton, Virginia’s Historic District where he painted and worked in silkscreen printing. After a move to North Carolina, he helped design and prototype a surgical staple remover for a medical instrument company in Research Triangle Park, NC. This project initiated six years of product design, patent development, and prototyping for numerous companies. In 2000, Edwin began scaling up a collection of his paper and film cuttings into much larger metal constructions. He continues to work as a sculptor and lives with his wife Gwen on the Rocky River in Chatham County, NC.

Bob Doster received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina in 1975 and his Master of FineArts from Clemson University in 1977. He has been a professional sculptor since 1977. Bob has been accepted into 18 national juried art shows from New Jersey to Texas and has had three one-man shows. He has worked with 63 schools in North and South Carolina helping students create large sculptures for permanent installations at their schools. His sculptures are in many private, corporate, and museum collections worldwide.

Daniel Hewat, born and raised in Charlotte, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture at UNC Charlotte. After taking ten years off between original aspirations to pursue architecture, Daniel is back and working diligently to finish his bachelor’s degree and a master’s program. His work can be seen as an extension of modernism, not only through simplified geometric and sleek design but also through use of material. He tends to use common industrial materials lessening the gap with the viewer through the familiarity to this practice. Social trends, as well as scale of work, play a large role in creating a viewing experience to draw in the audience and invite them to become part of the sculpture.

Eric Isbanioly is a Greensboro, NC-based artist that creates whimsical and thought-provoking sculptures and furniture. His inspirations utilize a diverse background of life experience and education. He has worked as an emergency and psychiatric RN for almost 12 years while also pursuing the technical skills of welding, woodworking, and fabricating that he learned while working in both metal fabrication shops and also with a cabinet maker. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concentrated on sculpture and foundry.

Ray Katz was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He has a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from Wayne State University. Ray’s passion for sculpture started during his seminal development as an artist. Ray is best known for his large-scale metal sculpture but works successfully in a wide range of media and scale. He has exhibited his sculpture in Japan, France, and throughout the United States. His work is represented in private, corporate and institutional collections.


Check out this sneak peek of three of the works below.  Remaining sculptures are being installed this week in preparation for the opening celebration on April 16th at 5pm.  For more information check out the Cornelius’ Art Center website. The exhibition will remain on display until February 1, 2017.

photos by Natalee Honeycutt of Natalee Susan Photography. Courtesy of Cornelius Art Center. 

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