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Award Winners of the 88th Annual Awards Exhibition

On Saturday, June 19 the Jury of Awards met at Brookgreen Gardens to decide the 17 prize recipients of National Sculpture Society’s 88th Annual Awards Exhibition. The Jury of Awards is composed of at least two sculptors and a curator and this year included Heidi Wastweet, Sculptor and Elected Member of NSS; Angela Cunningham, Sculptor; and Mary Martin, President & Owner, Mary Martin Gallery.

The top honor, the Gold Medal & Charlotte Geffken Prize, went to Philadelphia, PA artist, Kate Brockman.

Brockman is part of the sculpture faculty at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) teaching figure modeling and foundry. A two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (1994, 2000), she won the Alex J. Ettl Grant from National Sculpture Society for her outstanding body of work (2011). Brockman is a Fellow of NSS and currently serves on the Board.

Fearless In Fear: A Young Harriet Tubman, is an interpretation of Harriet during the time when she would have been active in the Underground Railroad. Made in the beginning months of 2020, as the pandemic was taking hold, this piece took on extra significance for me,” begins Brockman. “As I learned about her incredible life, her commitment, resilience and courage in the face of adversity, she gave me perspective and strength. Known primarily for her work with the Underground Railroad, her activism for human equity spanned her life. She worked tirelessly for the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, as a nurse, scout and spy for the Union Army, and as the founder of a home for indigent and elderly African Americans. She is a true role model for all. These figures are contemporary and specific, not idealized, not without identity. These works examine the idea story and character- giving them a specificity of portrait, clothing and shape which imbues them with a force of will; putting them beyond the judgment placed upon common representations of sexuality and beauty.”

This spring, the Jury of Selection chose 55 works from the 428 entries received from around the world. The exhibition catalogue, which includes the 17 award winners and the other 38 exhibited sculptures, is available for purchase online:

 

This year the Jury of Selection included D.L. Engle, Sculptor and Fellow of NSS; Michael Evert, Sculptor; and Melissa Ralston-Jones, Gallery Curator, Western Connecticut State University. The Jury of Awards and the Jury of Selection play an invaluable part in the Annual and we are grateful for those who participate in it.

NSS Gold Medal and Charlotte Geffken Prize of $4,000

Fearless in Fear: A Young Harriet Tubman by Kate Brockman, FNSS

NSS Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize of $3,000

Aristotle by Gary Staab, NSS

NSS Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize of $2,000

Painter by Timothy S. Hooton, NSS

André Harvey Award of $2,500

Circumstantial Evidence by Roger Martin, FNSS

The Anna Hyatt Huntington Award of $1,000 and a Brookgreen Medal

His Honor by Lee Hutt, FNSS

Marcel Jovine President’s Prize for a realistic work, preferably in the form of a bas-relief — $1,000

John Lewis by Eugene Daub, FNSS

Fred and Cheryl Newby Patrons Award — $1,000

The Boxer by Craig Campbell, NSS

Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for a realistic sculpture done in the classical tradition — $1,000

Testing the Water by Tuck Langland, FNSS

The Susan and Robert Polack Prize recognizing artistic achievement by a first-time exhibitor — $1,000

Redemption Pending by Eva-Maria Wohn

Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize — $1,000

The Newborn by Beverly Davis, NSS

Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize for an outstanding work, either carved or cast — $750

Edward by Jacquelyn Giuffré, NSS

Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize for a classical sculpture — $500

Portrait of Congressman John Lewis by Basil Watson, FNSS

Ortmayer/Corcoran Teacher Inspiration Award — $500

M’akhotso Mother of Peace by Linda Lindsay

Jane B. Armstrong Memorial Award — $400

Dauntless by Jim Green

Margaret Hexter Prize for a creative sculpture in the round — $300 

States of Matter by Bryce Pettit

Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize for a non-traditional sculpture — $300

Heirloom by Joe Palmer

Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award of $200 and Gloria Medal for a work by a young sculptor (age 40 or younger) — $200 and C. Paul Jennewein Medal

Miss Independent by Brittany Ryan, NSS

The Pandemic: A Sculptor’s View

National Sculpture Society is pleased to present The Pandemic: A Sculptor’s View. The online exhibition features the work of 20 Elected Members and Fellows of National Sculpture Society. Artists were asked to submit work that explored the pandemic and interpret the many feelings associated with the year-long quarantine. Some artists portrayed the existential sadness and loss; others depicted the all-too-familiar epidemic iconography; some sculptors created portraits of hope and courage; and some imagined the joyous liberation after the long isolation. Many of the sculptors used the time to explore new directions in their style and practices. The result is a stunning show which encapsulates this unprecedented time and showcases the talents of the highest-ranking members of the figurative sculpture organization.

 

NSS Fellow Lawrence Noble submitted Mercana, his harbinger of better days. “My Mercana is a North American Goddess of Compromise, Evolution, and Re-Creation. When she comes into your life, things change. Her presence fosters and encourages our ability to adapt to changing circumstances to better serve each other, and our World. In a post COVID-19 world, she will be needed.”

 

Canadian artist and NSS Elected Member, Chippie Kennedy, sculpted winged aerialists in mid-flight titled Cirque Un, Deux, Trois. “The things dreams are made of – the desire to fly, weightless, airborne, escape…The full expression of the grace and elegance of the human form and its ability to reach new heights. In this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic our isolation leads one to dream of unimaginable abilities. This series is my expression of joyous freedom for days to come.”

 

Confined to her studio during the pandemic, NSS Fellow Janice Mauro utilized the excess time by trying new approaches to her work, creating a series of COVID memorial carvings. “Because time has become a luxury, my creative ideas have developed into much deeper and more meaningful work. The plaster mold for the maquettes was the clue, using them instead of the casts for my model. The intaglio carving in the wood appears to be three dimensional, suggesting the fragility of life. How simple and fitting , I wonder if l would have been so thoughtful under normal circumstances.”

 

Sculptors featured in The Pandemic: A Sculptor’s View include Jeff Birchill, Jeffrey Briggs, Lindley Briggs, Mary Buckman, Steve Carpenter, Kevin Chambers, Don Gale, Dimitry Gerrman, Lee Hutt, Chippie Kennedy, Simon Kogan, Jim Licaretz, Gwen Marcus, Janice Mauro, Lawrence Noble, Louis Quaintance, Ed Smida, Suzanne Storer, LeRoy Transfield, and Wesley Wofford.

 

Sculptors nominated by the NSS Board are elected by a two-thirds majority of voting members become NSS Sculptor Members. A Sculptor Member becomes a Fellow upon the nomination by the Board and the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Fellows and Directors of the Society. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Sculptor Members (NSS), and Associates make up the three levels of membership of the organization.

 

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. 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. National Sculpture Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in sculpture that is inspired by nature.

Associates Online Invitational

The National Sculpture Society is pleased to present the Associates Online Invitational. The open-themed exhibition features the works of 38 NSS Associate members. Artists were asked to submit work completed within the past year. Associates make up the largest membership group of the National Sculpture Society; the range of sculpture submitted reflects the talent, backgrounds, and interests of the individual artists. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates comprise the three types of membership in the organization which is international in scope and appeal.

Highlights of the show include leaders of the Civil Rights Movement; a 3D printed shark; a bronze sock puppet; and a portrait of a father bested by his own toddlers. The dozens of figurative and animal sculptures on display run the spectrum in size from heroic to table-top, from three-dimensional to bas-relief, and employ a variety of media including bronze, marble, wood, ceramic, plaster, and steel.

Sculptors featured in the Associates Online Invitational are Elisa Adams, Jon Ashburn, Thomas Berger, Nancy Bocek, Catherine Bohrman, David Borup, Matthew Brooks, Jeff Canepa, Michael Cardacino, David Clark, Jordan Clements, Phyllis deQuevedo, Rob Diseker, Linda Fleischman, Tony Furtado, Mark Yale Harris, Ott Jones, Dana King, John Leon, Gadi Leshem, Esther Lo, Erin McCarthy, Tom McClelland, Jill Meier, Scott Meskill, Rogelio Morales, Evan Morse, Gerald Painter, Scott Penegar, Paula Stern, Oceana Rain Stuart, John Tenney, Nicholas Thompson, Michael Tizzano, Douglas White, David Williams-Ellis, Eva-Maria Wohn, and Melanie Zibit.

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. 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. National Sculpture Society is dedicated to promoting excellence in sculpture that is inspired by nature.

87th Annual Award Winners Exhibition

National Sculpture Society is pleased to present the 87th Annual Award Winners Exhibition.  The show will be on view in NSS’ New York City gallery from November 30, 2020 through February 5, 2021.  The 15 prize winners were selected from the 28 works that were on display during NSS’ 87th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina from early August through late October.

A Jury of Awards convened at Brookgreen Gardens in August to decide the prize recipients. This year the jury included James Arendt, Director, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery/Associate Professor, Coastal Carolina University; Paul Rhymer, Sculptor and Fellow of National Sculpture Society; and Logan Woodle, Sculptor and Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Coastal Carolina University. In May, the Jury of Selection chose the 28 works from the 460 entries and 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. The Jury of Selection and Jury of Awards play important roles in the annual exhibition and each jury is comprised of two sculptors and one curator.

The top honor, the Gold Medal & Charlotte Geffken Prize, went to California artist, Brittany Ryan for her painted resin piece, Midwest Mermaid. In 2019, the Laguna Beach artist won second prize in National Sculpture Society’s Richard McDermott Miller Sculpture Competition and took home the Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize at the 86th Annual Awards Exhibition.  She is a faculty and department coordinator at Laguna College of Art and Design and just this fall became an Elected Member of NSS. “Midwest Mermaid, along with the other sculptures in this body of work, investigates the beauty of people in transition from childhood to adulthood, as one becomes socially aware of the judgement of others and finding a place in a social group,” says Ryan. “These figures are contemporary and specific, not idealized, not without identity. She is looking for a space somewhere between narrative and poetry for them to inhabit. These works examine the idea story and character- giving them a specificity of portrait, clothing and shape which imbues them with a force of will; putting them beyond the judgment placed upon common representations of sexuality and beauty.”

The Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize was given to Roger Martin. The North Carolina native was a taxidermist before turning his attention to fine art. His animal sculptures are included in several public collections around the country and in the permanent collection of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. In 2018 Martin was the Kayamoja Wildlife Arts of the Year at the Kayamoja International Wildlife Art Exhibition in Windhoek, Namibia, Africa. As for as his fantastical depiction of a female rabbit standing on the back of a wild boar, Martin did not have to travel far for inspiration. “What started as a conversation with my wife about why I needed to purchase a ham for the upcoming family Easter gathering, quickly turned into a google search about why Christians eat ham at Easter,” explains Martin.  “In a matter of seconds, I am immersed in Babylonian mythology, rabbits, Ishtar the goddess of love and fertility, colored eggs and in minutes my head was swirling with an amazing collage of images…”

And rounding out the top three honors, Abrahamyan Gegham was awarded the Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize.  The artist who hails from Armenia, studied at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts before immigrating to the United States in 2017. Now settled in Seattle, WA, Abrahamyan has quickly established himself as a sculptor in the northwest art community. This past year, he won the Bleifeld Memorial Grant from NSS; an annual prize named in honor of former NSS President and Fellow, Stanley Bleifeld (1924-2011) and given to a sculptor whose body of work is inspired by nature. Abrahamyan’s own sculpture focuses on the trials and tribulations that come from simply being human. “My inspiration is the heroic nature of the human condition. I believe that every person becomes a hero at least once during his or her lifetime, and that that moment is one of pure greatness,” states Abrahamyan. “Even if it is only a drop in the ocean, it is a drop of utter humanity. I truly believe that artwork can have a profound message and can remind a person about his or her strength and potential.”

15 Prize Winners in the 87th Annual Award Winners Exhibition:

NSS Gold Medal and Charlotte Geffken Prize of $4,000Midwest Mermaid by Brittany Ryan, NSS

NSS Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize of $3,000Easter Parade by Roger Martin, FNSS

NSS Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize of $2,000The Chosen by Gegham Abrahamyan

The Anna Hyatt Huntington Award of $1,000 and a Brookgreen MedalCormorant and Moon Jellyfish

by Jeremiah D. Welsh, FNSS

Fred and Cheryl Newby Patrons Award of $1,000Adam by Ezra Bookstein

Marcel Jovine President’s Prize of $1,000Flightless Tondo by Sandy Scott, FNSS

Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award of $1,000Hevel by Joshua Koffman, NSS

The Susan and Robert Polack Prize of $1,000Nine Muses by Dave LaMure, Jr.

Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize of $1,000Reclining Nude by Mick Doellinger, NSS

Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize of $750 Sacred Messenger by Martin Gates, NSS

Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize of $500Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom by Wesley Wofford, FNSS

Jane B. Armstrong Memorial Award of $400Butterfly by LeaAnn Cogswell, FNSS

Margaret Hexter Prize of $300 The Sandman by Steven Alden Carpenter

Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize of $300The Listener by Janice Mauro, FNSS

Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award of $200 and Gloria MedalDreamer by Kevin Chambers, NSS

88th Annual Awards Exhibition Prospectus

88th ANNUAL AWARDS EXHIBITION

BROOKGREEN GARDENS, SC:

June 12 – August 22, 2021

NEW YORK, NY:

October 4 – December 10, 2021

Over $17,000 in Cash Awards.  Award Winning Works Travel to NYC

 

ELIGIBILITY

National Sculpture Society’s 88th Annual Awards Exhibition is open to NSS Fellows, Elected Sculptor Members, and Associates whose dues are paid in full. Not a member? Join HERE. Please note that work that is inspired by nature, or figurative, or realist sculpture, is preferred. All entries are subject to jury. Works previously exhibited in Annual NSS Exhibitions are ineligible. All work will be juried anonymously from submitted images. Sculptors must have a social security or tax ID number to be eligible to receive an award. Please note that ONLY award winners’ works will travel to NYC for exhibition in the NSS Gallery.

GUIDELINES

Artists are asked to submit their very best work. Sculptures may be in any permanent medium. Terracotta, Plaster, Ceramic, and works in other fragile materials will be considered, but only on the condition that artists assume all responsibility for proper packaging and shipping of works. The NSS and Brookgreen Gardens will NOT be held responsible for any damages. Works of all sizes will be considered, including reliefs and medals. Sculpture must not have been in a previous NSS Annual Exhibit.

JURY AND NOTIFICATION

A Jury of Selection and a Jury of Awards will be assembled at a later date. Each jury will include non-members of the NSS and at least 1 sculptor and 1 curator whose responsibilities will be to either review works for inclusion in the show or decide awards for sculpture after the show has been installed. Shortly after the Jury of Selection convenes, emails will be sent to all sculptors who submitted to inform them whether their work was chosen or not. The Jury of Awards will meet after the exhibition is installed and a “People’s Choice” Award will be presented at the reception. All participating sculptors will be notified by email of the Jury of Awards selections and the “People’s Choice Award” in a timely manner.

CONTRACT

All accepted sculptors will be asked to sign a brief contract stating that they agree to loan their accepted work of sculpture for the duration of the exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens and at National Sculpture Society. Contracts will also establish price for all works intended for sale.

INSURANCE

Insurance for individual works in transit is strongly encouraged and is the responsibility of the sculptor.

SALES

Sculptures accepted in the exhibition are not required to be available for sale. Inquiries about purchasing works in the exhibition will be referred to Brookgreen Gardens. A commission of 25% will be charged on all sales. A courtesy discount of 10% will be given to Patron Members and taken off the top of the sale price; artists and Brookgreen Gardens will split the 10% discount. National Sculpture Society will receive no commission from sales. Prices will be established in this agreement and will not be subject to change.

EXHIBITION CATALOG

An exhibition catalog will be created for the show and a cataloging fee of $100 will be charged to each sculptor juried into the show. Information about individual works will be taken after acceptance into the show. Each exhibitor will receive 4 copies of the catalog.

RECEPTION

A reception will be given at Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, August 21. However, the exhibition will remain open to the public through Sunday, August 22. No works may be removed from the exhibition prior to Monday, August 23.

COST/PROCESSING FEE

A non-refundable processing fee of $50 must be included with all submissions; credit card information will be taken on a secure server.

CRATES

Sculpture MUST be crated. NO EXCEPTIONS! Cardboard boxes will not withstand storage and travel-wear and will not be accepted. Crates should be constructed with screws so that they can be easily opened and closed several times. Building a crate that must be completely disassembled to remove the sculpture or to re-crate it is not acceptable. Opening and closing directions should be marked clearly on the exterior of the crate, and the sculptor’s name should also be boldly and clearly marked on the crate for ease of handling in transit. Artists may choose to enclose photographs or diagrams to illustrate proper crating of work.

 

2021 EXHIBITION CALENDAR

  • January 15, 2021: Submission Deadline
  • February 12: Notification mailed to artists.
  • March 1:  Catalog material due (photos, artist statements and bios)
  • May 17 – June 4:  Sculpture shipped to/received at Coastal Transfer & Storage in Georgetown, SC.
  • June 12:  88th Annual Awards Exhibition opens at Brookgreen Gardens.
  • August 21:  Reception for 88th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens.
  • August 22:  88th Annual Awards Exhibition closes at Brookgreen Gardens.
  • August 23 – 27:  Show is dismantled and sculpture re-crated in original crates.
  • August 30:  Sculpture is picked up by Coastal Transfer & Storage and brought to their warehouse in Georgetown, SC. Award winners’ works will be picked up and shipped to NYC in designated truck.
  • August 31 – September 30: Sculptors must arrange to have sculpture picked up from Coastal Transfer & Storage or storage fees will be charged to individual sculptors.
  • October 4 – December 10:  88th Annual Award Winners Exhibition at National Sculpture Society in New York City.
  • December 13 – 17:  88th Annual Award Winners’ works re-crated and shipped back to artists.

 

NO WORKS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE EXHIBITION PRIOR TO AUGUST 23rd (Brookgreen, SC)

or DECEMBER 10th (Award Winners’ Exhibition, New York, NY).

ALL ACCEPTED ARTISTS WILL SIGN OFF ON THIS IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTS.

 

WHERE TO SUBMIT/WHAT TO SUBMIT/A CHECK LIST

  • Submit at nationalsculpture.org/entry-thingy Be certain to submit to “88th Annual Awards Exhibition”
  • Sculptors may submit up to a maximum of 3 works (and up to 3 images/work) for a grand total of 9
  • Sculptors will be required to give their name, address, title of sculpture, date, medium, dimensions (height including base, base width and depth), and price of work (if for sale).
  • $50 non-refundable processing fee. Secure credit card payments can be made through Authorize.net. Personal checks or money orders will be accepted via mail payable to National Sculpture Society.

 

SHIPPING/RECEIVING/RETURN

  • All works must be delivered in a crate that is suitable for shipping. No exceptions! (Cardboard boxes will not withstand the travel & storage and will not be accepted).
  • All works must be shipped, at sculptor’s expense, to Coastal Transfer & Storage, 3250 South Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. At the conclusion of the exhibition’s run at Brookgreen Gardens, all works will be re-crated and stored at Coastal Transfer & Storage. NSS will remind participants of the closing date and artists will make independent arrangements (via FedEx, UPS, etc…) to pick up or ship their work from South Carolina.
  • Sculptors are responsible for shipping costs to and from Brookgreen.
  • NSS will pay for shipment of sculpture included in the 88th Annual Award Winners’ Exhibition from SC to NYC. Sculptors will pay for return shipment of their work from NYC at the conclusion of the show.

 

EXHIBITION QUESTIONS? Contact Patty Delahanty at National Sculpture Society

exhibitions@nationalsculpture.org or (212) 764-5645 ext. 103

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.

NSS Gallery Open by Appointment

National Sculpture Society is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, June 22nd, the NSS Gallery is open by appointment. If you’d like to see the show, or you would like to send friends, family or patrons to see the show, please call the NSS office and let us know.  The current show is Visions of Spring and is on view through Friday, July 17.  We look forward to seeing our members and visitors again!

Phone number:  (212) 764-5645 ext. 103.

FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN IN THE GALLERY!

 

Recent Works by Elected Sculptor Members

On Monday, June 1, Recent Works by Elected Sculptor Members opened online at National Sculpture Society’s website.

While many galleries, museums and art festivals are closed to the public due to the global pandemic, NSS is pleased to showcase exhibitions to a world-wide audience on its website. For this show, Elected Sculptor Members responded with pieces in the round and in relief, bronzes fresh-from-the foundry and designs for sculptures yet to be realized. The recent works are reflective of what inspires NSS artists to create and what motivates them to return to their studio day after day. Highlights include a 25-foot long octopus mosaic, a plump marble bull, a digital drawing for a Covid-19 Memorial, and hula dancers undulating in rhythmic dance. The dozens of figurative and animal sculptures on display represent the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS Elected Sculptor Members.

Elected Sculptor Members in the show include Douglas Aja, Richard Barnet, Richard Becker, Jeff Birchill, Marlys Boddy, Mary Buckman, George Bumann, Ernest Caballero, Steve Carpenter, Kevin Chambers, Susie Chisholm, Angela De la Vega, Martin Gates, Michael Aaron Hall, Timothy Hooton, Alexa King, Nick Lamb, Jerry Luisi, Elizabeth MacQueen, Adam Matano, Yasumitsu Morito, Ken Newman, Olga Nielsen, Pokey Park, Alicia Ponzio, Stephanie Revennaugh, David Richardson, Scott Rogers, Stefan Savides, Pati Stajcar, Bill Starke, James Stewart, Suzanne Storer, Ryochi Suzuki, Kristine Taylor, LeRoy Transfield, Jiannan Wu, and Belgin Yucelen

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 Sculptor 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.

Recent Works by Elected Sculptor Members is on view on the National Sculpture website and then will remain in archives for easy access. Questions? Contact Patricia Delahanty at National Sculpture Society at patty@nationalsculpture.org or (212) 764-5645 ext. 103

Fellows Favorites

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, Fellows Favorites opened online at National Sculpture Society’s website.

NSS Fellows were asked to submit a personal favorite from their own body of work for a special online exhibition. Artists responded with a variety of sculpture: from public collections to museum acquisitions to one-of-a-kind carvings to rarely seen treasures. The pieces on exhibit give the viewer some insight into what inspires each artist and/or how they measure success in their own work. Highlights include a 22-foot tall mastodon; a dragon-slaying knight; a humorous portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg; an angel in deep-thought; and a European monarch in repose. The dozens of figurative and animal sculptures on display represent the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS Fellows.

Sculptors featured in Fellows Favorites are: Anthony Antonios; Béla Bácsi; Joy Kroeger Beckner; John Belardo; Richard Blake; Kate Brockman; José Buscaglia; Eugene Daub; Darrell Davis; Thomas Durham; D.L. Engle; Kathleen Friedenberg; Zenos Frudakis; Jay F. Goldstein; Ben Hammond; Norman Holen; Lee Hutt; Carter Jones; T.D. Kelsey; Joshua Koffman; Simon Kogan; Kirsten Kokkin; Tuck Langland; Jim Licaretz; Gwen Marcus; Roger Martin; Walter Matia; Janice Mauro; Herb Mignery; Paul Moore; Dora Natella; Lawrence Noble; Leo Osborne; Tanya Ragir; Rosetta; Sandy Scott; Sandra Shaw; Joseph Sheppard; Tim Shinabarger; Lori Shorin; David Turner; Kent Ullberg; Willy Wang; Dale Weiler; Myra Weisgold; Wesley Wofford; and Rod Zullo.

When asked to elaborate on their favorite works, NSS Fellow and Connecticut resident, Janice Mauro, felt her piece, She Waits, best reflected the world’s current crisis. “I chose this image because l feel the severed head in her sterile environment metaphorically best describes the uncertainty and fear of our pandemic world, the disconnect with our lives as we knew it, and the waiting for safety to return.”  In rural North Carolina, NSS Fellow Wesley Wofford enjoyed the challenges he faced while creating his bas-relief Serenity. “What I enjoy about these animal monumental relief commissions is the artistic freedom to explore how mountains and valleys of clay can define form.  Unlike a sculpture in the round, there is a freedom to the abstract nature of a relief that emphasizes the act of sculpture in the final piece. Discovering a symbolic yet informative shadow that captures the essence of an animal is an exhilarating sculptural experience. “

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.

Fellows Favorites is on view on the National Sculpture website and then will remain in archives for easy access. Questions? Contact Patricia Delahanty at National Sculpture Society at patty@nationalsculpture.org or (212) 764-5645 ext. 103