After a crowd-pleasing inaugural year, the Hillsborough Sculpture Tour returns on April 26, 2013 in con-
junction with the Hillsborough Garden Tour and 2013’s first Last Fridays event. The biennial exhibition
promises once again to be visually engaging and accessible. New features include a year-long installation window, and a highly acclaimed sculptor as judge.
Gail Cooley, Sculpture Tour coordinator and founder said, “Hillsborough’s first Sculpture Tour in 2011
was such a success... Comments from sculptors, sites, visitors and locals brimmed with enthusiasm...and encouraged us to have another one.”
The Hillsborough Arts Council is honored to have sculptor Patrick Dougherty as solo judge for Hillsbor-
ough Sculpture Tour 2013. Dougherty, a renowned large format artist, will choose the six winning sculp-
tures featured in the exhibition. His celebrated natural material installations can be viewed on his Web
site at www.stickwork.net.
Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2013 will extend the length of the exhibition from six months to one year.
All sculpture sites will be in walkable locations within Hillsborough’s nationally recognized historic district. Hillsborough, a haven for artists and writers, is centrally located in North Carolina. Recent town accolades include The National Trust for Historic Preservation Distinctive Destination Award and the American Planning Association’s Great Main Street Award.
Each sculpture will be carefully matched to its site to enhance its specific appearance and accessibility.
Sites will be representative of the town, county and the historic district. “This brings it to everybody,”
Cooley said. “I like being a tourist in my own town. Seeing these sculptures pop up brings the unfamiliar into a familiar setting.” The extended window will give locals and visitors alike more time to view, appreciate, and perhaps purchase the award-winning sculptures.
Spectators can also vote for The People’s Choice Award—a popular interactive component of the event.
“Our goal is to involve the community...,” added Cooley. “The 2011 People’s Choice Award sculpture,
“Jack,” even took up residence by the Eno Parking Garage.” Tour maps with ballots will be available at
select locations including the Hillsborough Visitors Center.
Each winner will receive an honorarium of $800. In addition to cash awards, The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the end of the tour. The event is sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council with partial funding provided by the Town of Hillsborough Tourism Board and UNC HealthCare.
The deadline for entries is January 15, 2013. Winning sculptures and tour opening events will be an-
nounced in February. For more information about Hillsborough Sculpture Tour 2013, visit www.hillsbor-
oughartscouncil.org, or e-mail sculpture@hillsboroughartscoun