First Idea Show


The exhibition explores the genesis of ideas for sculptures or monuments whether fully realized by the artist or eventually scrapped. Works may include maquettes, preliminary 3D sketches in terracotta, resin, etc… Two-dimensional sketches may be considered to accompany maquettes if wall space allows. Artist statements about the selected work will be required from each sculptor. All entries are subject to jury. All work will be juried anonymously from images submitted.



Sculptures may be in any permanent medium. NSS will not be held responsible for any damages. Works of all sizes will be considered but works in the round must not exceed 100 pounds and wall bas-reliefs must not weigh more than 30 pounds. All works, including crates, must fit in the freight elevator (86” tall x 70” long x 54” wide) and must fit through the NSS gallery doorway (90” tall x 35” wide).



  • July 14, 2023:    Receipt deadline for submission.
  • July 17 – 28, 2023:    Selection jury reviews submissions.
  • July 28, 2023:    Email notification to all applicants
  • August 4, 2023:     Information due back (high-res images, signed contract, submission specifics).
  • August 14 – 18 & August 21 – 31:   Work received at NSS Gallery in New York City.
  • September 5, 2023:   Exhibition opens at the NSS
  • November 3, 2023:   Exhibition closes at the NSS


Where to Submit

This is an exhibition open exclusively to the members of National Sculpture Society. Copy this address to get to the upload site.

Cost to Submit

Free for NSS Members.  $50 for non-NSS members. Membership status will be verified before the show is juried. Would you like to be an NSS Member?  Go to

What to Submit

Sculptors will be required to give their name, address, title of sculpture, date, medium, dimensions (height including base, base width and depth, and weight). Each sculptor may submit up to three works with two views of each piece. All work is subject to jury, but it is possible that more than one work by an artist may be chosen for the exhibition. Three-dimensional sculptures as well as bas-reliefs will be considered.


Detailed submission instructions are provided on the web link. If you experience any difficulty with the procedure, please contact


Jury and Notification

The Jury of Selection will be composed of two NSS Fellows and Curator/Art Historian/Gallery Owner invited by the NSS Exhibitions Committee. Names will be hidden from jurors during the selection process and work is judged by the quality of the work and images submitted. The job of the jury is to balance the show by variety of style, material and subject matter. Notifications will be sent to all artists by email within one week after jury selection.



All accepted sculptors will be asked to sign a brief agreement stating that they agree to lend their accepted work of sculpture for the duration of the exhibition at the NSS Gallery.



Sculptors are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the exhibition. Insurance for individual works in transit is optional and is the responsibility of the individual sculptor.


All accepted work will be delivered to:

National Sculpture Society 6 East 39th Street

Suite 903

New York, NY 10016 Attention: Patty Delahanty



NOTE: National Sculpture Society/NSS Gallery reserves the right to reject any work that is not received on time, is received in substandard condition or is not up to the standard represented in the photographs submitted to the jury of selection. Decisions on the placement of the works accepted in the exhibition are the sole responsibility of National Sculpture Society/NSS Gallery. All due care will be given to material delivered to the exhibition. However, National Sculpture Society/NSS Gallery will not be responsible for loss of, or damage to, works submitted, no matter how it may be caused, and all exhibited works are submitted and received subject to this condition.




Contact Patricia Delahanty at 212.764.5645 ext. 103 or