A compelling new look at art

Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall will receive the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in June.

While Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto get the artistic limelight this week, there are a few other endeavors flying under the radar.

For one, the winners of the seventh annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition have been announced.

This is a wonderful exhibit of outdoor sculptures installed at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

There are 12 winners, and since it's a national competition, it's a great chance to see some established artists here in our hometown.

Outdoor sculpture contests are tricky because the sculptures are enormous and need installations that withstand wind, rain and heat.

Twelve sculptures out of the 43 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by juror Steven Matijcio, curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Once the works were installed at the exhibition site, Matijcio selected pieces to receive awards for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit and Honorable Mentions.

After making his selections, Matijcio commented, “They have managed to animate heavy, monumental materials with an intriguing air of animation, fluidity and the in-between.”

He also said he was impressed with the variety and consistency. “The work in this show hums with a sense of life that reveals more every time the work is re-engaged.”

Seven states are represented, although no one from this area.

There is no admission to the park. Just take a sandwich and try to unravel what was in the artist's mind from the titles of the work. That will make for a nice way to pass an hour.

Just in time for Memorial Day, the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum has partnered with Piccolo Spoleto in the exhibit “Art and Music in Times of War” aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

The exhibit will include original paintings, prints, photographs, vintage posters and ship/aircraft models.

This is a really nice use of the donated works that the museum has collected and a tribute to our fallen veterans.

If you have a hard time getting someone in your family interested in art, this is one way to get them started.

This week, I received a notice that one of our female combat photographers, Stacy Pearsall will be awarded the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Margaret Cochran Corbin Award.

This award is given every year to honor the memory of Revolutionary War heroine Margaret “Molly” Corbin, who took over her husband's cannon when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Fort Washington in 1776. She became the first female pensioner of the United States in 1779 for this service.

Pearsall's compelling photographic work shows the hard edge of war and is notable for its humanity.

She works worldwide as a freelance photographer and educator, and is the owner and director of the Charleston Center for Photography.

Her work received national attention when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show in February 2009.

Pearsall will receive her award on National Defense Night of the 121st Continental Congress on June 29 in Washington.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at sharvin@postandcourier.com or 937-5557.