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Check out the winners of the 2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition

The City of Ocala has announced the winners of the 2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Hosted by the city, in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, the latest installment of the biennial competition features 10 sculptures from artists across North America.

During the City of Ocala’s popular Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll event on Saturday, February 24, which was held at the Tuscawilla Park and Art Park (213 NE 5th Street in Ocala), four of the competing artists were awarded in the following categories:

Best of Show“Impractical Hardware” by Harry McDaniel (Asheville, NC)

2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition winner - Best of Show
“Impractical Hardware” by Harry McDaniel

Second Place“Dalband Satellite Flower” by Richard Herzog (Athens, GA)

2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition winner - Second Place
“Dalband Satellite Flower” by Richard Herzog

Honorable Mention“Beckon” by Jeffrey Repko (Atlanta, GA)

2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition winner - Honorable Mention
“Beckon” by Jeffrey Repko

People’s Choice Award“Fernando” by Lee Bell (Sarasota, FL)

2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition winner - People's Choice Award
“Fernando” by Lee Bell

Additional sculptures taking part in the 2024-25 Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition include:

  • “Double Helix” by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC).
  • “Flamingo” by Michael O’Khaen (Miami, FL).
  • “Pollination” by Roberto Perez Crespo (Hialeah, FL).
  • “The Feathers Three” by Kirk Seese (Lutherville Timonium, MD).
  • “Fecund Pod” by Laurie Sheridan (Port Ewen, NY).
  • “Amalgamation” by Jamie Weinfurter (Iowa City, IA).

An educational scavenger hunt brochure for the new sculpture exhibit is now available. In a media release, the City of Ocala stated that the scavenger hunt “provides a fun, family activity that encourages guests of all ages to take a closer look at each sculpture.”

The city invites the public to participate in the scavenger hunt during daylight hours at Tuscawilla Park. Participants can exchange a completed brochure for free family admission to the Appleton Museum (up to two adults and three children).

Scavenger hunt brochures are available at the following locations:

  • Discovery Center (701 NE Sanchez Avenue).
  • Marion Cultural Alliance (23 SW Broadway Street).
  • Appleton Museum of Art (4333 E Silver Springs Boulevard).
  • Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau (109 W Silver Springs Boulevard).

For more information on the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8379.