The National Sculpture Society awards the 2021 Alex J. Ettl Grant to Brett F Harvey. The Grant is presented to sculptors who have demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and an outstanding ability in their body of work.
NSS Fellows Lawrence Noble and Paige Bradley, along with NSS Elected Member Olga Nielsen, served as the 2021 jurors. Noble expressed great pleasure in recognizing the talent, maturity and consistency in Harvey’s work, stating that it “is handsome as well as inspirational.” Bradley added, “Harvey’s artwork is a fresh take on figurative sculpture, bringing it to top contemporary standards. Graphically thoughtful, architecturally creative, and anatomically accurate, he combines power and grace to catapult the traditional art form to today’s sensibilities.”
Harvey studied at the Florence School of Fine Arts (Florence, Italy) and the New York Academy of Art (New York City). In 2018, he and his wife, Lauren Amalia Redding, founded H&R Studio, an atelier in Naples, Florida, where they create their art and teach other aspiring artists. Harvey is also the Sculpture Instructor and Program Director at Miami International Fine Arts, Miami, Florida. He shows with Method & Concept, a contemporary art gallery and design studio in Naples, Florida.
The Society has awarded the Alex J. Ettl Grant since 1989. Alex J. Ettl (1898–1992) was a member of the National Sculpture Society’s board of directors and established the award in his name with an endowed gift. The Grant consists of an unrestricted cash prize of $5000 and a quarter-page ad in Sculpture Review magazine.