Sculpture in Motion


The National Sculpture Society is pleased to present Sculpture in Motion.  The exhibition features the works of 14 members of the Society and will be on view from July 5 through September 30 at the NSS Gallery in midtown Manhattan.

The works included in Sculpture in Motion capture the idea of movement in sculptural form be it human, animal, or organic in nature.  Highlights of the show include ceiling suspended dancers, bouncing kangaroos, an acrobat balancing perilously upon a ball, the death spiral of Icarus, and undulating ocean waves. The dozens of figurative and animal sculptures on display represent the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS members.

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.

The Jury of Selection plays an important part in shaping and balancing an exhibition and each jury is comprised of two sculptors (one NSS member and one non-NSS member) and one curator. For Sculpture in Motion, the Jury of Selection included Susan Clinard – Sculptor;  Tony Hochstetler, FNSS; and Jennifer Hicks, Director, Jane Street Art Center .  

Sculptors featured in the Sculpture in Motion are John Belardo, FNSS; Paige Bradley, FNSS; Craig Campbell, NSS; Steve Carpenter, NSS; Zofia Chamera; Varvàra Fern; Jacquelyn Giuffré, NSS; Lance Glasser; Elizabeth Lind; Glenn Marlowe, NSS; Janice Mauro, FNSS; Yasumitsu Morito, FNSS; Justin Perlman; and Rosetta, FNSS.

Colorado sculptor, Craig Campbell found inspiration for his piece, Ball Dancer, from the streets of New York.  “While watching the rhythmic movements of the street performers, I noticed that even though each performer had their own music and dance routine, they all acted/reacted to a rhythm much deeper. There seemed to be a beat that came up through the street and influenced them all. A world beat, or world rhythm…perhaps.”

Music, that was in turn inspired by art, was the impetus behind Yasumitsu Morito’s ceramic piece, La Mer.  “La Mer is composed of modular forms connoting tripartite synthesis of matter, space, movement. It was inspired by the third movement Debussy’s “La Mer”, “Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea.” Notably, Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave was an inspiration for the impressionist composer Debussy and was used on the cover of the first edition of “La Mer.” Art crosses different disciplines, boundaries, time, and contributes to humanity.”

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.