History & Mission
The National Sculpture Society (NSS) promotes excellence in sculpture that is inspired by the natural world. Programs include Sculpture Quarterly magazine, the SculptureNews e-bulletin, monthly virtual interviews/discussions, 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.
Membership in the Society consists of five main groups: Associates, Elected Sculptor Members, Fellows, Allied Professionals and Patrons. All members receive a variety of benefits. The NSS Board of Directors determines membership benefits in addition to the overall direction and policies of the organization. View the by-laws.
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, Roshen Irani, Marion and Gilbert Roller, Marilyn Newmark Meiselman, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Alex J. Ettl.