Artist Sue Quinlan with sculpture Cultural Pedestrians

Sculpture Photo Contest

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To encourage public awareness of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park, the City Arts Commission recently sponsored a photography contest. Visitors to the sculpture garden were asked to submit photographs of the works on display, and/or photographs depicting interaction with the sculptures. Winners were announced at the March 11, 2021 City Arts Commission meeting.

Category: "Human Interplay with a Sculpture"


“Catching Rainbows” by Mona Szumlas


 Fractured Peace by Nancy Mooslin


“Circles” by Christine Nunez


The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Patricia Vader


Category: "Enhancement of a Sculpture Using Nature"


“Together” by Alan Wendell


Wind Swept by Lake Daffner


"Hurricane" by Ruth Kurisu


 Hurricane by Ray Katz


"Gentle Wind" by Anita Rasmussen


Chairman of the Board by Steven Rieman


"A Step Forward" by Jonard Ingal
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Contender by John Merigian


2021 Photo Gallery of Entries


2018 Photo Contest Winners

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their outstanding entries in the 2018 Sculpture Photo contest. The winners were selected for the best representation of the following three categories:


Creativity: “Sunset In Newport” by Anita Rasmussen

Sunset In Newport by Anita Rasmussen

 Sphere 112 by Ivan McLean


Sense of Place: “Flying Over Newport” by Barnet Rawitch

Flying Over Newport by Barnet Rawitch

 Life Is A Balancing Act by Cindy DeBold


Human Element: “Flying Fish” by Gabriel Encinas

Flying Fish by Gabriel Encinas

No Swimming by Oleg Lobykin


The Sculpture Photo Contest photography contest was designed to encourage public awareness of the new sculptures in Civic Center Park.  The winning entries were selected from over 200 photographs that were submitted showing one or more of the sculptures on display in the Sculpture in Civic Center Park Exhibition, Phase III. According to contest committee chair, Commissioner Barbara Glabman, “Selecting winners was a difficult task.  We appreciated the participation by so many talented individuals of all ages and we were impressed by the diversity of style and originality in the submissions.”

Prizes included gift certificates donated by local restaurants Modo Mio Rustic Italian Kitchen, Bluewater Grill, and Bistango, and were awarded at the June 14, 2018 City Arts Commission meeting.

The winning photographs, along with other entries, are currently displayed on the City’s Cultural Arts website: 

2018 Photo Gallery of Entries

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