On Friday, August 28, the Jury of Awards met at Brookgreen Gardens to decide the 15 prize recipients of National Sculpture Society’s 87th Annual Awards Exhibition. The Jury of Awards is composed of at least two sculptors and a curator and this year included James Arendt, Director, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery/Associate Professor, Coastal Carolina University; Paul Rhymer, Sculptor and Fellow of National Sculpture Society; and Logan Woodle, Sculptor and Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Coastal Carolina University.
The top honor, the Gold Medal & Charlotte Geffken Prize, went to Laguna Beach, California artist, Brittany Ryan.
Ryan is a faculty and department coordinator for Laguna College of Art and Design’s sculpture department. Among her many honors includes the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2015), 2nd Place at National Sculpture Society’s Richard McDermott Miller Competition (2019), and the Silver Medal/Maurice B. Hexter Prize at NSS’ 86th Annual Awards Exhibition (2019).
“Midwest Mermaid, along with the other sculptures in this body of work, investigates the beauty of people in transition from childhood to adulthood, as one becomes socially aware of the judgement of others and finding a place in a social group,” says Ryan. “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.”
In May, the Jury of Selection chose 28 works from the 460 entries received from around the world. This year the Jury of Selection included John Coleman, Sculptor and NSS Fellow; Bruce Gagnier, Sculptor and New York Studio School Instructor; and Peter Trippi, Editor in Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur. The Jury of Awards and the Jury of Selection play an invaluable part in the Annual and we are grateful for those who participate in it.
NSS Gold Medal and Charlotte Geffken Prize of $4,000
Midwest Mermaid by Brittany Ryan
NSS Silver Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize of $3,000
Easter Parade by Roger Martin, FNSS
NSS Bronze Medal and John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize of $2,000
The Chosen by Gegham Abrahamyan
The Anna Hyatt Huntington Award of $1,000 and a Brookgreen Medal
Cormorant and Moon Jellyfish by Jeremiah D. Welsh, NSS
Fred and Cheryl Newby Patrons Award of $1,000
Adam by Ezra Bookstein
Marcel Jovine President’s Prize of $1,000
Flightless Tondo by Sandy Scott, FNSS
Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award of $1,000
Hevel by Joshua Koffman, FNSS
The Susan and Robert Polack Prize of $1,000
Nine Muses by Dave LaMure, Jr.
Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize of $1,000
Reclining Nude by Mick Doellinger, NSS
Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize of $750
Sacred Messenger by Martin Gates, NSS
Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize of $500
Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom by Wesley Wofford, FNSS
Jane B. Armstrong Memorial Award of $400
Butterfly by LeaAnn Cogswell, FNSS
Margaret Hexter Prize of $300
The Sandman by Steven Alden Carpenter, NSS
Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize of $300
The Listener by Janice Mauro, FNSS
Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award of $200 and Gloria Medal
Dreamer by Kevin Chambers, NSS