79th Annual Awards Exhibition


The National Sculpture Society (NSS) is pleased to present its 79th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina. Opening on Saturday, August 4, the juried show features the figurative works of 45 members. The show will be exhibited exclusively on the grounds of the historic gardens. It will be on display through October 28.

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 sculpture on display ranges from classical to contemporary, and is composed of portrait busts, bas-reliefs and full-size figures.

Highlights of the show include a discus-throwing monkey, a pre-teen pondering his adolescence, a couple embraced in a passionate tango, and a stable of wild and domestic animals to please everyone. 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 of the organization, which is international in scope and appeal. National Sculpture Society and its members are dedicated to promoting excellence in art that is inspired by nature.

A Jury of Selection, comprised of two NSS Fellows and one curator, chose the 43 works from the 211 entries.

This year’s Jury of Selection included Amy Kann, FNSS; Lawrence Noble, FNSS; and Kevin Murphy, Curator of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR).