88th Annual Award Winners Exhibition

88th Annual Award Winners Exhibition

Award Winners Show


NSS Gallery - National Sculpture Society - New York, NY

National Sculpture Society is pleased to present the 88th Annual Award Winners Exhibition.  The show will be on view in NSS’ New York City gallery from October 4 through December 10, 2021.  The 17 prize winners were selected from the 55 works that were on display during NSS’ 88th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina from June through late August.

A Jury of Awards convened at Brookgreen Gardens in June to decide the prize recipients. This year the jury included Heidi Wastweet, Sculptor/NSS Elected Member; Angela Cunningham, Sculptor; and Mary Martin, President/Owner, Mary Martin Gallery. In March, the Jury of Selection chose the 55 works from the 492 entries and D.L. Engle, NSS Fellow; Michael Evert, Sculptor; and Melissa Ralston-Jones, Gallery Curator, Western Connecticut State University. 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 Philadelphia, PA artist, Kate Brockman for her bronze Fearless in Fear: A Young Harriet Tubman. 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.”

The Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize was given to Gary Staab. The Missouri native produces natural history and prehistoric life sculpture for museum, the publishing industry, and film. For over thirty years, he has worked as a freelance sculptor for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Miami Science Museum, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Staab is an NSS Fellow and a four-time recipient of the John Lanzendorf Paleoart Award for Sculpture given by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.  “There is so much to be curious about in the natural world,” begins Staab. “It is filled with endlessly fascinating forms, textures and compositions, but I believe the great challenge of art, is to reach the viewer on an emotional level.  My greatest desire as an artist is to elicit a spark of empathy for my subject.

And rounding out the top three honors, Timothy S. Hooton was awarded the Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize.  A native of Old Town Albuquerque, NM, Hooton’s vocation as a sculptor is an extension of this lifelong interest in art. After studying sculpture and jewelry making at the University of New Mexico, he received what he considers to the meat of his education by working with and for other artist in a variety of areas: furniture building, wood carving, restoration of antiques, metal fabrication, blacksmithing and every aspect of bronze casting and foundry work. “Having just spent several years sculpting relatively tight and detailed commissioned pieces, I decided at the beginning of 2020 to work on a group of sculptures in a style that was looser, and more focused on form and texture, says Hooton. “I wanted to convey the feeling of a person with posture, stance and gesture, and small areas of detail in a way that was recognizable at a glance. ”

17 Prize Winners in the 88th Annual Award Winners Exhibition:

  • 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

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