On January 11, 2024, the Board recommended seven elected Sculptor Members for advancement to Fellow. Ballots regarding their nominations were sent to all Fellow and Board members. All received the necessary two-thirds vote to advance. Congratulations to:
Becker’s clients and collectors include Twentieth Century Fox, Gracie Films, The Scripps Research Institute, Hewlett Packard Corporation, Good Samaritan Foundation, The University of the West of England, and The Walt Disney Company. His Liberation monument in San Diego, California, was commissioned by the American Ex-Prisoners of War Chapter.
Brooke is the creative director at the Jim Henson Creature Shop and an accomplished fine art sculptor. His awards include the Gold Medal in sculpture from the California Art Club. He is part of the NSS Ambassador Community in Southern California and recently presented his work to the NSS during a Q&A interview (view here).
Doellinger has exhibited in several museums including The Briscoe, The Gilcrease, The Autry, The Booth, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. His awards from the National Sculpture Society includes the 2023 Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize. He is part of the NSS Texas Ambassador community and has privately mentored artists and is working to mentor sculptors in the NSS Ambassador communities.
Giuffre is a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and an Artist member of the California Art Club. She maintains a studio in Napa and spends much of her time studying animals at the San Diego Zoo. She has exhibited at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Janice Mason Art Museum, and the Custom House Museum.
Rowe is a strong advocate for education. His photographic project, “Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze”, for the Phippen Museum featured portraits of the artisans who bring the magic of bronze to reality. He does regular educational presentations in Sedona and has given many workshops. He exhibited the “All Creatures Big and Small” exhibition with the NSS and is planning to participate in the NSS Ambassador Community in Arizona as it comes together.
In 2018, Victor received the Alex J. Ettl Grant. In 2019, he became the only living artist to have three works in the National Statuary Hall Collection. He is currently working on his fourth, a statue of Daisy Bates for Arizona. In addition, Victor is sculpting the Christa McAuliffe Memorial for New Hampshire’s State House.
Whyte is the former Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors in London. He is also the 2016 Sports Artist of the Year. U.S.; the recipient of NSS’s 2021 Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Award; the 2022 recipient of U.S. Congressional Special Recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Whyte’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.