May 20 – July 26, 2019
National Sculpture Society is pleased to present The Collection, an exhibition of sculpture by past and present members of NSS. Featuring rarely seen works by notable sculptors, the show opens on Monday, May 20 and runs through Friday, July 26. The 30 pieces on display include figures, portrait busts and bas-reliefs by historic and contemporary Fellows of NSS. The variety of subject matter and media is reflective of the diverse styles of NSS sculptors, while the elevated level of skill and technique is common to all Fellows of the organization. The Collection celebrates NSS as the leading figurative sculpture organization and honors the artists who established a tradition of exceptional fine art and those who carry on their legacy.
Artists featured in The Collection are Nina Akamu, Jane Armstrong (1921-2012), Richard Blake, Giancarlo Biagi, Gail Sherman Corbett (1871-1952), John Flanagan (1865-1952), Waylande Gregory (1905-1971), Lorrie Goulet, Cecil Howard (1888-1956), Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), Dexter Jones (1926-1986), Michael Lantz (1908-1988), Bruno Lucchesi, Herb Mignery, Richard McDermott Miller (1922-2004), Paul Moore, Marilyn Newmark (1928-2013), Elliot Offner (1931-2010), Marion Roller (1916-2012), Rosie Sandifer, Joseph Sheppard, and Roger T. Williams. Highlights of the exhibition include Nina Akamu’s scaled-down replica of Washington D.C’s Japanese-American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II; an array of high and low-relief medals by John Flanagan; an aluminum cast Gorilla by Anna Hyatt Huntington; the bust detail of the Raphell Fountain Memorial by Bruno Lucchesi; and signature works by three former NSS Presidents.
The 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 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.
The Collection is the inaugural exhibition in NSS’ new gallery in midtown Manhattan.