The National Sculpture Society is pleased to present its 83rd Annual Awards Exhibition showing at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Opening on August 6, the juried show features the figurative works of 45 contemporary sculptors. The show will be on view until October 30.
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 45 works from the 255 entries. The Jury of Selection included Michael Bergt, FNSS; Dr. Susan Greenberg Fisher, Executive Director, The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation; and Sherry Sander, FNSS. Sculptors featured in the exhibition are: Mark Edward Adams, NSS; Marciano Amaral; Béla Bácsi, FNSS; Mike Barlow; Joy Kroeger Beckner, FNSS; John Belardo, NSS; Michael Bergt, FNSS & Juror; Betty Branch; Jeffrey Briggs, NSS; Kate Brockman, NSS; Mary Buckman; George Bumann, NSS; Kevin Chambers, NSS; Tim Cherry, NSS; Darrell Davis, NSS; Magdalena Dobrucka; Morgan Dummitt; Arlene Fins; Steve Flom; Jim Green; Ben Hammond, NSS; Lee Hutt, FNSS; Carter Jones, FNSS; Joshua Koffman, NSS; Stephen Layne, NSS; Garrett Masterson; Walter Matia, FNSS;Pamela Mummy; Ken Newman, NSS; Lawrence Noble, FNSS; Peregrine O’Gormley, NSS; Louise Peterson, FNSS; Colin Poole & Kristine Poole; Sherry Sander, FNSS & Juror; Steve Saxenian, Sandy Scott, FNSS; Dominique St. Cyr; Suzanne Graham Storer; Joshua Tobey, NSS; Leroy Transfield, FNSS; Alexander Tylevich, Jeremiah D. Welsh, NSS; Melinda Whitmore; Belgin Yucelen; and Jeffrey Zygmunt. The Jury of Awards will meet in September and will include Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, FNSS and Burton E. Moore III, Director, Audubon Gallery.
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.
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.