November 03, 2011 13:29 ET

Local Artist Scott Grove Wins American Institute of Architecture Napkin Sketch Award

Outside-the-Box Creativity Recognized

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 3, 2011) - Rochester artist and sculptor Scott Grove once again proves his creative genius by winning a unique award from the American Institute of Architecture's (AIA) Napkin Sketch Competition. Grove's entry, entitled Country Church, is featured in this month's issue of Architectural Record Magazine. In fact, Grove's submission was so unusual, the publication created a new award in recognition of it.

The rules of the contest were to submit sketches on a 5-inch square cocktail napkin; over 1200 sketches were juried by Architectural Record editors. Grove submitted five napkin sketches; the one that caught the jury's eye was of a three-dimensional church, folded up in an origami-like form and glued into a three-dimensional structure. The church was inspired by the Wheaton Community Church on East River Road, one that Scott often passes.

"No one said that the napkin had to be flat," Grove remarked. "I was hoping it would catch their attention. Now I want to know how they are going to frame it for display!"

The article reads: "... [Architectural] Record's jury stuck by the rules -- with one exception: a tiny, delicate model of a church by Scott Grove (an artist) in which the cocktail napkin was made to act like balsa wood. Record created a 'hors de concour' (out of the running) award. We couldn't resist it."

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About Scott Grove
Scott Grove is an award-winning artist who creates unique contemporary art and works personally with architects, designers, collectors and others to ensure a creative solution that meets their desire and his imaginative vision. Grove is a true craftsman who uses a broad media mix, ranging from wood to fiberglass to precious metals and semi-precious gems in furniture and sculpture. Even with the newest of manmade materials and modern technology, his work reflects his respect for the traditional work ethic. Scott lectures and teaches workshops nationally on a variety of subjects from creative thinking, marketing and sales and sharing his alternative approaches and developed techniques. Whether large installations or individual pieces, it is Grove's exceptional skill and freedom from conventional design and thinking that allows him to produce such visually tantalizing artwork. Visit for more information or contact Scott Grove directly at (585) 738-2288.

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