Mission & History

National Sculpture Society (NSS) promotes excellence in sculpture that is inspired by the natural world. Programs include Sculpture Review magazine, NSS SculptureNews, scholarships, grants, exhibitions and competitions. Our Sculpture Celebration Conference features programs such as panel discussions, demonstrations, information sessions, studio tours, and awards presentations. These educational programs are just a few of the ways NSS serves as a link between the public, sculptors, educators, and collectors. In 1893, founding members – including Daniel Chester French, Augustus St. Gaudens, Stanford White and J.Q.A. Ward – established the Society to “spread the knowledge of good sculpture.” For more than 120 years, our members have created, exhibited, collected and supported the evolving tradition in American sculpture. NSS continues to support sculpture today as an active, vital, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

NSS is deeply grateful to friends whose generous gifts help support our programs and activities. These include the Estates of Richard McDermott Miller, Charlotte Geffken, Marion and Gilbert Roller, Marilyn Newmark Meiselman, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Alex J. Ettl.

Together at NSS I feel we’re a tiny bit of the strong thread of history—of how it feels to be a sculptor—sometimes referred to as “a breed apart”.

Leonda Froehlich Finke, Fellow Member