Richard McDermott Miller Competition

The Competition will take place at the 2022 Sculpture Conference and will be held in Daniel Chester French’s former studio at Chesterwood. Each selected competitor will receive a Participation Scholarship (details below).

Objective: To successfully model a bust from life (from the neck up), working from a live model. Modeling will be done in front of an audience (sculptors, patrons, and others who are attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference).

Eligibility: Sculptors must have been born between 1985-2000. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

The first prize winner may not compete the following year, but is welcome to apply again thereafter.


4 hours of modeling and a break for lunch.

Submission Deadline: —-

Selection: Up to 10 sculptors will be selected to compete.

Supplies: Modeling clay, modeling stands, spray bottles and materials to build armatures are supplied. However, competitors must supply personal sculpture tools.

Expenses: Each selected competitor will receive a Participation Scholarship. Participation Scholarships are underwritten by the estate of Charlotte Geffken and by Green-Wood Cemetery. The scholarships include:

    • Three night hotel stay
    • $250 stipend
    • Registration fee for the Sculpture Celebration Conference

Each competitor is responsible for travel, his/her own meals and daily expenses.

Submission Materials:

1. Images of six to twelve works of sculpture (up to twenty-four images total). Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format. The longest side of the image should be at least 1500 pixels long.

2. A biography

To submit: 

To be determined

Jury of Selection: The jury will consist of three sculptors.

Awards Jury: Jurors will be looking for originality and talent, inspiration and personal interpretation – not just proficiency in replicating the model.


Richard McDermott Miller Prize of a $3,000 cash award and a quarter-page ad in Sculpture Review (value: $435)

Roger T. Williams Prize of $1,500

Walter & Michael Lantz Prize of $750

Each competitor will also receive a set of tools, courtesy of Sculpture House.

Richard McDermott Miller (1922-2004), known as the Figure Sculptor of Soho, served as president of National Sculpture Society from 1997-2000.  He supported the Society throughout his life, and in death, he continues to do so.  The sale of his Soho studio, which he left to the Society, tripled NSS’ endowment, providing the Society with a stable financial footing.  His generosity allows the Society to promote excellence in sculpture that is inspired by the natural world.

Laura Ziegler Scholarship

The Laura Ziegler Scholarship is for an emerging sculptor. No age limit.

The scholarship covers most of the expenses associated with attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference.



Three night hotel stay

Registration fee for the 2022 Sculpture Celebration Conference

$250 Stipend

Complimentary one year Associate Membership with NSS

Please note that recipients are responsible for their own meals, travel and daily expenses.

Submission Materials:

1. Images of six to twelve works of sculpture (up to twenty-four images total). Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format. The longest side of the image should be at least 1500 pixels long.

2. A biography

To apply: To be determined

Jury:  Three sculptors will jury the applicants.

Additional:  The scholarships are funded by a bequest from the estate of Laura Ziegler

NSS programs are open to individuals of all ages, races, ethnic origins, colors, genders and religions.

Dexter Jones Residency

The National Sculpture Society Dexter Jones Affiliated Residency at Chesterwood, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

DESCRIPTION: The NSS Dexter Jones Award Residency at Chesterwood will be given to an emerging sculptor working in bas-relief. The award is funded by an endowment in memory of Dexter Jones, past Fellow of National Sculpture Society.

The sculptor’s residency will be at Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of one of America’s foremost public sculptors, Daniel Chester French, located in Stockbridge, MA.  The winning sculptor will live in the Meadowlark, formerly French’s second studio (now a cottage) and work in a building on the grounds.  The Meadowlark is a two-bedroom cottage with a north skylight and great room/dining area; full kitchen and bath and outside deck situated in a private setting on the Chesterwood grounds.

Applications will be reviewed by a jury appointed by the National Sculpture Society. The jury will determine the recipient based on an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief.

The winning sculptor will also be awarded a $1,000 stipend by Chesterwood from the Lee M. Weiser Memorial Fund, in support of a sculptor-in-residence.

The sculptor-in-residence will be required to schedule several open studio days for the public and to give a lecture and/or a demonstration of modeling in relief as well as have a conversation with Chesterwood’s Director for the benefit of the public.

ELIGIBILITY: sculptors born between —- may apply. Candidates must be available to live and work at Chesterwood in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts for the month of June 2022.  A car is essential for transportation around the region.

Less than three hours from New York City and Boston, the Berkshires offers culture and adventure year-round.  The surrounding mountains provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor excursions in all seasons while world class culture and entertainment, along with a deeply rooted food culture amidst picturesque towns, set this region apart.  For more information, visit

Candidates must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number. The grant is awarded without regard to sex, ethnicity or religion.

DEADLINE: To be determined

TO APPLY: Submissions must include

  • 1) Images of up to 12 different works (up to 2 views each – 24 images total), with a minimum of one bas-relief.


  • 2) A list stating the title, medium and dimensions of the sculpture submitted. This can be in the form of a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) document.


  • 3) A resume in a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) document.


To Submit:

Submissions can be shared with through file sharing programs such as DropboxGoogle Drive, WeTransfer, sendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to list the “Dexter Jones Residency” in the subject line or body of the email.