The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium received 176 applications in response to an international call to artists, and now announces the final artist selection for the 2012 event at the University of Maine. Eight artists, including Ton Kalle (Netherlands), Lee Zih-Cing and Teng Shan-Chi (Taiwan), Hwang Seung Woo (Korea), Johnny Turner (New Zealand), Koichi Ogino (Japan), Andreas Von Huene and Tim Shay (Maine) will gather together at the Steam Plant parking lot beginning July 22 and concluding on August 30, to carve a set of sculptures for local participating sponsors.
The artist selection process began in early January with the review of portfolios and other submitted materials, resulting in a total of 26 strong candidates. The finalists were further evaluated by a panel of invited jurors.
The final eight sculptors are now being introduced to each of the participating sponsors including Bangor, Orono, Old Town, Husson University, Acadia Hospital, the University of Maine Foundation and two UMaine campus sites. Jesse Salisbury presented the artist portfolios at a gathering at Husson University on March 17. Each town will review the portfolios and begin the process of finding a match for their individual community.