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85th Annual Awards Exhibition
August 11 - October 28, 2018
Brookgreen Gardens, SC
Béla Bácsi, FNSS: Sole E’ Brutto Marble & Steel | 30" x 11" x 6"
Debra Balchen, NSS: Majaji – Warrior Queen Ceramic | 15" x 15" x 10"
John Belardo, NSS: River God Terra Cotta | 18.5" x 36" x 32"
Richard Blake, FNSS: Primavera/Iguana Woman Wood/resin gypsum | 31" x 17" x 23"
Marsha Brook Young Masai Bronze on black marble | 21" x 8" x 8"
Lewis Brown Unity Linden Wood | 25" x 9" x 6"
Fred X Brownstein, FNSS: The Secret Italian Marble | 37.5" x 13.5" x 11"
Lewis Bryden Citizen Marble | 12.5" x 7.5" x 5.5"
Mary Buckman, FNSS: Smiling Girl Terra Cotta | 18" x 13" x 4.5"
Rick Casali Venus Resin, Wood | 32" x 10" x 8"
Eugene Daub, FNSS: SeaQueen Bronze | 13" x 5" x 12"
Steve Flom Fusion Limestone | 16" x 9" x 9"
Martin Gates, NSS: Starry Night Bronze | 11.5" x 6.5" x 6.5"
Neil Grant Casual Friday Hydrocal & Polymer Clay | 17" x 12.5" x 13.5"
Jim Green Rites of Spring Bronze | 16" x 13" z 7"
James Hsieh Eternal Blossom Felt, polyfill, foam, wire, steel | 32" x 32" x 73"
Darla Jackson I’ll Bury You With All The Others Bronze | 11.5" x 7" x 9"
Chippie Kennedy, NSS: Gaea Bronze | 22" x 21" x 11"
Ginny Blevins Knight Piercing the Darkness Terra Cotta | 10.5" x 12.5" x 1.5"
Tuck Langland, FNSS: Pontius Pilate Bronze & Glass | 20" x 8.25" x 10.25"
Jim Licaretz, FNSS: Diane Resin, oil paint, oak base | 32" x 11" x 11"
Neal Martz A Sacred Man Bronze | 19" x 13" x 10"
Walter Matia, FNSS: A Walk in the Woods Bronze | 45" x 23" x 15"
Janice Mauro, FNSS: It’s A Man’s World: Lightweight Carved and stained bass wood | 48" x 7" x 6"
Roderick Morgan Sylph Bronze | 39" x 16" x 16"
Maidy Morhous 3 Second Rule Bronze | 3" x 9" x 7"
Olga Nielsen, NSS: Sophomore Bronze | 22" x 12" x 10"
Joseph Noorigian Sense of Life Plaster | 28.5" x 24.5" x 1.75"
Peregrine O'Gormley, NSS: Passenger (My Son Asks Me Why) Juniper with burning on marble base | 6" x 24" x 7"
Leo E. Osborne, FNSS: Spiraling Release Bronze | 21" x 7" x 8"
Victoria Parsons River Spirits Wood - Bristlecone Pine | 16.25" X 11" X 11"
Scott Penegar Fluidity Bronze | 22" x 15" x 18"
Rosibel Ramirez Reading Between the Lines – Series 1 Glass | 14" x 11.75" x 2"
Ryan T. Schmidt Rain of Faith Stainless Steel - Polished | 57" x 42" x 42"
Tim Shinabarger, FNSS: Out of the North Bronze | 20" x 20.5" x 10"
Tom Silveroli, FNSS: Classical Dreaming FGR Fiberglass | 30" x 11" x 3"
Ed Smida Father Sergius Bronze | 22" x 8" x 8"
Christopher Smith, FNSS: Adrift on the Wine Dark Sea Aluminum leafed GFRC | 54" x 42" x 5"
Susan Wakeen Marcy Resin for Bronze | 30" x 12" x 13"
Dale Weiler, NSS: The Preening Queen Italian Marble | 22" x 16" x 20"
Jeremiah D. Welsh, NSS: Hailstorm-Maelstrom, Prickly Poppy Field Bronze | 16" x 10" x .75"
Susan Zurles The Architect’s Muse Ceramic | 19" x 7" x 6"

On Saturday, August 11th, National Sculpture Society’s 85th Annual Awards Exhibition will open at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. The juried show features the figurative works of 42 contemporary sculptors and is on view 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 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. This year the Jury of Selection chose the 42 works from the 204 entries received from around the world. The Jury of Selection included Richard Blake, FNSS and former NSS PresidentMeredith Ward, President, Meredith Ward Fine Art; and Peter Bulow, MD and sculptor.  Sculptors featured in the exhibition are: Béla BácsiDebra Balchen; John Belardo; Richard BlakeMarsha BrookLewis Brown; Fred X Brownstein; Lewis Bryden; Mary Buckman; Rick Casali; Eugene Daub; Steve Flom; Martin Gates; Neil GrantJim Green; James Hsieh; Darla Jackson; Chippie Kennedy; Ginny Blevins Knight; Tuck Langland; Jim Licaretz; Neal Martz; Walter Matia; Janice Mauro; Roderick Morgan; Maidy Morhous; Olga Nielsen; Joseph Noorigian; Peregrine O’Gormley; Leo E. Osborne; Victoria Parsons; Scott Penegar; Rosibel Ramirez; Ryan T. Schmidt; Tim Shinabarger; Tom Silveroli; Ed Smida; Christopher Smith; Susan Wakeen; Dale Weiler; Jeremiah D. Welsh; and Susan Zurles.

A Jury of Awards will convene after the show is installed and will include:  Natalie W. HendersonArt Curator, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition; Bryan Rapp, Sculptor Instructor, Coastal Carolina University; and Heidi Wastweet, NSS and President of American Medallic Sculpture Association85th Annual Award winners will be announced at a closing reception on October 27; 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. This year, NSS celebrates its 125th anniversary.

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.