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Fellows Invitational

The National Sculpture Society is pleased to present the Fellows Invitational.  The exhibition features the works of 25 Fellow members of the Society and is on view from August 24 through October 30.

Fellow membership is the highest level of achievement in National Sculpture Society.  NSS Fellows are nominated by their peers for advancement to Fellow.  Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates comprise the levels of membership of the organization which is international in scope and appeal.  National Sculpture Society is a not-for-profit organization which supports excellence in sculpture through various educational programs including scholarships and grants for emerging artists.

Highlights of the show include a pair of squabbling magpies, a statuette for a national UFO Conference, a decoupage Great Dane and a figure made of bone, teeth, driftwood, and other found material. The dozens of figurative and animal sculptures on display represent the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS Fellows.

Sculptors featured in the Fellows Invitational are Anthony Antonios, Joy Kroeger Beckner, John Belardo, Paige Bradley, LeaAnn Cogswell, Eugene Daub, Thomas Durham, Carter Jones, Kirsten Kokkin, Jim Licaretz, Gwen Marcus, Janice Mauro, Lawrence Noble, Leo E. Osborne, Louise Peterson, Gary Lee Price, Tanya Ragir, Paul Rhymer, Rosetta, Sandy Scott, LeRoy Transfield, Kent Ullberg, Garland Weeks, Wesley Wofford and Rod Zullo.

Loveland, CO artist, Rosetta, was inspired to sculpt a cougar after a personal encounter with the creature.  “This sculpture was based on a photo I took of a cougar at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina KS during the Society of Animal Artists show there. Even though he was in a cage and we were not, as he sized us up, this cat made it perfectly clear with that casual but challenging stare exactly who was in charge here.” Paul Rhymer, who lives in Point-of-Rocks, MD, based his wall sculpture She Could Steal But She Could Not Rob on a lyric from a well-known song by an iconic British band. “I mean, who doesn’t love the Beatles? I love how this title explains my feelings about magpies; that they are reputed thieves, but you aren’t really angry about it.”

National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors. Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s. It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates designate the types of sculptor membership in the organization, which is international in scope and appeal. National Sculpture Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in sculpture that is inspired by nature.

WHAT:  Fellows Invitational

WHEN:  August 24 – October 30, 2020

WHERE:  National Sculpture Society, 6 East 39th Street (between 5th and Madison), Suite 903, NYC

HOURS:  M-F: 10am – 5pm by appointment

CONTACT: (212) 764-5645 ext. 103

87th Annual Awards Exhibition

On Saturday, August 8th, National Sculpture Society’s 87th Annual Awards Exhibition opened at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. The juried show features the figurative works of 28 contemporary sculptors and is on view through October 25.  The 14 prize winners from the show will then exhibit their work in the Award Winners Exhibition in the NSS Gallery from November 30, 2020 to February 5, 2021 in New York City.

The Annual Awards Exhibition is National Sculpture Society’s most popular show. Hundreds of artists apply to the juried competition which offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The variety of subject matter and media exhibited represents the diverse styles, backgrounds, and disciplines of NSS members. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates make up the levels of sculptor membership in the organization, which is international in scope and appeal. National Sculpture Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in sculpture that is inspired by nature. Highlights of the exhibition include a colorful bathing beauty, a supremely composed squirrel, a Native American holy man, and a maquette of a nationally touring monument of Harriet Tubman.

The Jury of Selection and Jury of Awards play an important part in the annual exhibition and each jury is comprised of two sculptors and one curator. This year the Jury of Selection chose the 28 works from the 460 entries received from around the world. The Jury of Selection included John Coleman, Sculptor and NSS Fellow; Bruce Gagnier, Sculptor and New York Studio School Instructor; and Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur. Sculptors featured in the exhibition are: Gegham Abrahamyan, Douglas Aja, John Belardo, Ezra Bookstein, Lindley Briggs, Steven Alden Carpenter, Kevin Chambers, LeaAnn Cogswell, John Coleman, Angela Mia De la Vega, Mick Doellinger, Morgan Dummitt, Martin Gates, Lee Hutt, Leslie Hutto, Joshua Koffman, Kristina Kossi, Dave LaMure, Jr., Roger Martin, Janice Mauro, George McMonigle, Thomas Player, David Richardson, Heather Rison, Brittany Ryan, Sandy Scott, Jeremiah D. Welsh and Wesley Wofford.

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A Jury of Awards will convene after the show is installed and will include Paul Rhymer, FNSS; Logan Woodle, Sculptor and Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Coastal Carolina University and a third juror to be determined. The 87th Annual Award winners will be announced at a closing reception on October 24; the Brookgreen Gardens “People’s Choice” award will be announced at that time as well.

National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors. Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s. It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.

Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and today is a National Historic Landmark and a garden museum with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world.  In addition to the gardens, Brookgreen offers year-round courses and workshops to sculptors as well as programs and tours for visitors of all ages and interests.

Performance in Sculpture 2019-2021

For the past decade, National Sculpture Society has partnered with the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to put on a special sculpture exhibition of NSS members. Thirteen Fellow and Elected members’ sculptures were selected for a 2-year exhibition cycle at the Tampa Bay performing arts center and is displayed in the facility’s Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall. The show runs from September 2019 through June 2021.

The Tampa Bay theater facility is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and plays host to Broadway shows, world-class opera, dance performances and arts education programs. Established in 1987, the Straz welcomes 600,000 people through its front doors annually.

The 2019-2021 season will include sculpture by Douglas Aja, NSS; Béla Bácsi, FNSS; Joy Kroeger Beckner, FNSS; Marlys Boddy, NSS; Meredith Bergmann, NSSAngela Mia De la Vega, NSS; Martin Eichinger, FNSSKathleen Friedenberg, NSSEugene Morelli, NSS; Olga Nielsen, NSSLeo E. Osborne, FNSS; David Richardson, NSS; and Kristine Taylor, NSS.

The jury was composed of several members of the Straz Center Visual Arts Committee which includes Ann McKeel Ross, Michael Urette, as well as Straz staff Judy Lisi, Lorrin Shepard and Dominick Furlano. Robin R. Salmon, Vice President for Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens and Paige Bradley, FNSS joined in the selection process.

This year the exhibition honors Jim and Joan Jennewein, who, as patrons and board members of National Sculpture Society and the Straz Center, were instrumental in bringing the two art organizations together in 2009.