83rd Annual Awards Exhibition


83rd Annual Awards Exhibition
Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, SC
August 6 – October 30, 2016

The National Sculpture Society presented its 83rd Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Opening on August 6, the juried show featured the figurative works of 45 contemporary sculptors. The show was on view through October 30 at Pawleys Island museum and garden .

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.

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. The Jury of Selection chose the 45 works from the 255 entries and included Michael Bergt, FNSS; Dr. Susan Greenberg Fisher, Executive Director, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation; and Sherry Sander, FNSS. Sculptors featured in the exhibition: Mark Edward Adams, NSSMarciano AmaralBéla Bácsi, FNSSMike BarlowJoy Kroeger Beckner, FNSSJohn Belardo, NSSMichael Bergt, FNSS & JurorBetty BranchJeffrey Briggs, NSSKate Brockman, NSSMary BuckmanGeorge Bumann, NSSKevin Chambers, NSSTim Cherry, NSSDarrell Davis, NSSMagdalena Dobrucka;  Morgan Dummitt;  Arlene FinsSteve FlomJim Green;  Ben Hammond, NSS; Lee Hutt, FNSSCarter Jones, FNSSJoshua Koffman, NSSStephen Layne, NSSGarrett Masterson;  Walter Matia, FNSS;Pamela MummyKen Newman, NSSLawrence Noble, FNSSPeregrine O’Gormley, NSS;  Louise Peterson, FNSS; Colin Poole & Kristine Poole; Sherry Sander, FNSS & Juror; Steve SaxenianSandy Scott, FNSS; Dominique St. CyrSuzanne Graham StorerJoshua Tobey, NSSLeroy Transfield, FNSS; Alexander Tylevich,  Jeremiah D. Welsh, NSS;  Melinda Whitmore;  Belgin Yucelen; and Jeffrey Zygmunt. The Jury of Awards met in September and included Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, FNSS and Burton E. Moore III, Director, Audubon Gallery.

American Art Collector featured the exhibition in its August 2016 issue.

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.