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Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - now through Summer 2016

This year, the Department of Visual Arts (DoVA) at the University of North Georgia is proud to expand its annual outdoor sculpture exhibition to all campuses. These sculptures will be available for viewing at locations on the Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses until summer 2016.

Sculptors who were born in or living in one of the thirteen Appalachian states submitted images of up to three sculptures for consideration, and the juried competition resulted in the selection of the works included in this exhibition.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, with self-guided walking tours available on each campus. Large groups should arrange visits in advance—guided tours may be available.

For more information, call the Department of Visual Arts: 706-867-2832  

Outdoor Sculpture Map Dahlonega Campus

Outdoor Sculpture Map Gainesville Campus

Outdoor Sculpture Map Cumming Campus

Outdoor Sculpture Map Oconee Campus

Bob Doster

A South Carolina native, Bob Doster has owned and operated his studio and gallery, Backstreet Studios, located in Lancaster, South Carolina, since 1975. His monumental sculptures and functional artwork can be seen in galleries, museums, private collections and in public displays from the corporate collections of Saks Fifth Avenue and Founders Federal Credit Union to the State Art Collection of the SC Arts Commission.

— "Art is conversation between the eyes and the soul….my creations arise from my visual memories as they are experienced in my whole being. My hope is that the viewer will walk away with memories of their own experiences." Website: 

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Bob Doster, Rising Star, Corten Steel     Bob Doster, Untitled,  Steel                    
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Bob Doster, Untitled,  Steel


Tyler Fisher

Having grown up in the heart of Appalachia in Asheville NC, Tyler Fisher has always been surrounded by creative and innovative thinkers. Throughout a truly tumultuous adolescence, spreading the joys of creativity has always been a constant presence in his aspirations. Having been lucky enough to gain experience teaching consistently, Tyler hopes to be able to continue helping others to reach their artistic potential. Currently studying to receive a BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture at the University of Georgia, Tyler has become an artist with strong ties to growing communities across the southeast.

— “Too often, the most crucial moments that unfurl before us occur uncontrollably in the blink of an eye. As individuals and as a society, we are then left to pick up the pieces and determine how to proceed in a world that suddenly seems all too alien and unfamiliar.  In this piece, I am seeking to explore the moments preceding the fall, the hours before the storm, the ticking before the boom. Utilizing creatures that work through undefined instinct we are left helpless to watch and wonder what could possibly be these beings’ driving force or impending fate. I hope to make a piece with enough of a calming meditation and enough inherent anxiety to cause a primal seduction, a curiosity left unanswered.”

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Tyler Fisher, Untitled, Mixed Media


Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes was educated in New York, and lives in Greeley, Pennsylvania. He is an artist, musician, and sculptor. He has been self-employed exploring his art since his mid-twenties.  He works in stone, metal, wood, light, ice, and water.

— “I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice, and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters to my emotional and intellectual contexts. The undercurrents of natural decay, unity, duality, symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of my creative energy. Process, for me, is the essence of my art.”

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Tom Holmes, Chthonic Void, Steel & Slate

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Tom Holmes, Winged Migration, Steel & Bluestone


Gwendolyn Kerney

Gwendolyn is a practicing lawyer, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She lives in Lenoir City, Tennessee.

— "I am addicted to big, bold, bright colors, funk and fun through which I celebrate the joy and gladness of life. Having graduated from crayons to acrylic, I typically work on an unconventional canvas be it wood, metal, glass, furniture, t-shirts, etc. Typically, my art projects feature the heart since it is the magnetic field through which we are connected. I find my professional life as a lawyer sucks the creativity right out of me, but when I play with color I never fail to experience the joy of living glad. As a young girl, I grew up making construction cards for family members, which was a business unto itself with a big family of six children. My mother has yet to learn that for me brown is not really a color, but that is a whole other story. If I can’t find a child’s face I’ll paint my own just for the fun of it. I can’t wait for Spring and Summer to watch the flowers bloom and dance in color. As an amateur gourmet cook, I strive to make the food presentation pop with color. I love to travel and bring objects of color home with me. In short, I enjoy and practice the art of color here, there and everywhere."

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Gwendolyn Kerney, Star Improv, Painted Steel


Scott Lacey

Scott Lacey is an art student at the University of North Georgia. He lives in Dahlonega, Georgia. Scott has been amazed by the natural world since his early years. Initially his investigations of Botany led to the exploration of medicinal and edible plant species of North Georgia. To fund his explorations he turned to Carpentry and Landscaping. “All my projects had some artful component.” Ultimately this led Scott to study art at UNG. He has studied painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking. “My present emphasis, sculpture, explores the presence of two strong forces in our universe, the Organic, and the Geometric as complimentary forces.”

— “Art is more essential today than ever because it teaches critical thinking necessary to navigate our multifaceted world. Cultures have been defined by the artwork created during their timespan. I hope to contribute with my art as an inspiration for others willing to allow time for such engagement.”

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Scott Lacey, Untitled, Steel


Ryan Lamfers

Ryan Lamfers earned his BFA from Kansas State University and his MFA from Arizona State University in Tempe. He teaches sculpture and 3D design classes at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

—“I create whimsical sculpture using woodworking, foundry and fabrication skills in conjunction with found objects. My sculpture typically addresses in some way or another the delicate balance between nature and industry. I am particularly interested in the ways that man once found answers in nature and how we now turn to technology to solve our problems. I am fascinated with how these changes are affecting issues such as agriculture, water rights, global warming, etc. Art is a process for me to find my place in the world and address concerns for my future existence.”


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Ryan Lamfers, Untitled, Cast Iron, Steel, Wood


Damon Lusky

Damon Lusky lives in Dawsonville, Georgia, where he operates Studio 308. He began his journey in metal arts more than a decade ago. His evolution as a metal artist first began as a self taught practical welder and blacksmith. Over the years he has broadened his range to include participation in local art shows, one man exhibits as well as showcases at local galleries, businesses and residential settings.

— "A passion for metal, a love of organic shapes and textures inspire my use of metal as a medium.  Guided by the nature around me, seeing each piece evolve, following the bends, curves and lines of the metal, sometimes manipulating the color myself, other times allowing nature to patina the color for me, make each piece one of  kind. I enjoy working on both a large and small scale with a myriad of materials and finishes. Designing many pieces myself bringing to life the ideas of others at times has become a life long passion." Website: 

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Damon Lusky, Predator, Steel


Larry Millard

Larry Millard was raised in Bristol, Tennessee, and earned his BFA in Sculpture from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his MFA in Sculpture. Larry is Professor Emeritus of Art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He lives in Athens, and continues teaching part-time at UGA. He has participated in over 20 solo and 170 group exhibitions.

—“ Most of my sculptures of the last 15 years have had some overt or subliminal reference to the nature of human architecture.  This connection is a relationship to the geometric order that is the language of architecture build by people and the “logic” of geometry.

Another common idea of my sculpture and architecture is the difference between the exterior architectonic form and the interior space it creates.  Not that my sculpture has “rooms” as interior space; but the substance of the interior, the information revealed by the surface, the translucency of material all have a kinship to the interior of architecture which is unknown to the passerby.  For both the viewer must make the effort to “see what is inside” to grasp the whole.

Specific to Golden Section, the work on exhibition at the University of North Georgia, is the use of the golden section relationship in all the measurement for the “stepping and the setback of the stepping.  Each follows the mathematical relationship of the repeating relationship of the Fibonacci numbers and the beauty inherent in that relationship.”


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Larry Millard, Untitled, Painted Steel


Jim Parris

Jim Parris is a practicing lawyer, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He lives in Lenoir City, Tennessee.

— "I enjoy the physical and creative aspects of welding. Using tools and heat to transform flat sheets of steel into functional objects, or simply pleasing shapes is very rewarding. I find that my thoughts and interpretations of a particular piece are not always shared by the viewer, and learning the different ways of viewing something I created is educational and fun. I came to welding and the world of art after a long career as a lawyer. The change from law to steel is on-going and continues to be a work in progress."

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Jim Parris, Hair on Fire, Steel                         Jim Parris, Out of Sequence, Steel                 

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Jim Parris, Worldview, Steel


Andi Steele

Andi Steele received her BFA from the University of South Carolina in 1994 and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia in 2004. Between degrees, Steele spent six years at the Penland School of Crafts, participating in the Core Fellowship Program from 1998-99.

In her work, Steele seeks to bring attention to our surrounding environment; what already exists, how we interact with it, how it can be changed. She uses linear elements to create sculptures that shift how we perceive the forms and space around us. She exhibits her work nationally.

Steele currently lives in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is an assistant professor of sculpture at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

— "The lines of Through both divide and encompass space. They frame different areas of the surrounding environment but also create new spaces within the sculpture. The diminishing sizes of the forms emphasize the interior space, inviting the viewer into the form. The interior and exterior become interchangeable, challenging spatial perception."

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Andi Steele, Through, Galvanized Steel


Wesley Stewart

Wesley L. Stewart is primarily a sculptor, but creates art across many disciplines including, but not limited to, drawing and painting. His work encompasses both linear and planar aspects, incorporating color to accentuate specific areas of the work or to the surrounding area where it is placed. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, his interest in sculpture began when working for the family business – Stewart Sheet Metal. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Augusta State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Georgia Southern University.

— "The metal sculptures I create are three-dimensional drawings. I draw and doodle constantly in my sketchbook, making subtle changes with each new page. These countless drawings express various gestures, shapes, and linear qualities that will relate to how I intuitively fabricate. I call this process “Drawing in Space.” Inspired by street art and video games, my work contains similar qualities that are shown through the combination of strong line, gestural energy and layers of bold colors on planar shapes." Website:  

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Wesley Stewart, Untitled, Steel       Wesley Stewart, Obelisk #47, Painted Steel

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Wesley Stewart, Vine Weldment, Steel


Kyle Van Lusk

Born in the mountains of North Carolina, sculptor Kyle Van Lusk has been inspired by the balance of beauty and strength in the Blue Ridge Mountains since childhood. Lusk continues to create sculpture that manifests this relationship and his affinity for process and materials. Raised in a small community near Brevard, NC, Lusk was encouraged by his parents from an early age to engage in the study of art. His first formal study was at Brevard College, then earned his BFA in 1995 from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Renowned for its excellent sculpture program, East Carolina University was also where Lusk chose to study as a graduate, earning his MFA in Sculpture in 1998. Since completion of his graduate work, Lusk has created and displayed work in several juried public sculpture exhibitions. He also has works in many permanent collections and on loan to college campuses throughout North Carolina. Kyle has taught art at Appalachian State University and currently is Assistant Professor of Art at Brevard College in Brevard, NC. With his wife Heidi, children Declan, Julia, and Ian, Lusk currently resides and maintains his studio in Brevard.

— “I strive to create work that is engaging and original. I primarily work non-objectively so that my intention is to not directly represent an object or individual from life. I do, however, often use proportions and forms from the real world as inspiration. I believe that sculpture should be exciting and new to the viewer and yet still contain an element of familiarity. My hope is that upon experiencing my work the viewer has the feeling of being shown something they have never seen before yet they still feel strong, indefinable and compelling connection.” Website:  

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Kyle Van Lusk, Divided, Steel


Joni Younkins-Herzog   

Joni grew up in the suburban sprawl outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and her BFA in Art from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia in Athens. She Her work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including New York, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco, the “Art Prize” in Grand Rapids, Michigan; internationally in Pabianice, Poland; Cajabamba, Peru, and recently in Sang Arts Village, Ghana, Africa. She lives in Sarasota. Florida.

—“ My search for beauty and purpose manifests into forms that abstract femininity and vitality. Reshaping the body reflects a delight in making  allegory; combined with grafting elements onto the human form demonstrating my curiosity about science, medicine and the search for human perfection. My sculptures are hybrids, psychological mythologies, and manifestations of our bodies— simultaneously grotesque, absurd and sometimes funny. Within my work the human body is displaced retaining ranges of recognizable features-but what remains behind is an interest in the dispersal and fertilization of the feminine mystique.”


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Joni Younkins-Herzog, You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Mixed Media

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