Part of National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference.
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, vendors, and others who are attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference).
Eligibility: Sculptors must have been born between 1981-1996. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.
Schedule: 4 hours of continuous modeling
Selection: Up to 10 sculptors will be selected to compete by a jury of three prominent sculptors
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 approximately 1500 pixels long.
2. A list stating the title, medium and dimensions of the sculpture in PDF (.pdf) or Word (.docx) format.
3. A biography or resume in PDF (.pdf) or Word (.docx) format.
Applications can be shared with the NSS office through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Docs, sendthisfile, Hightail, etc… Be sure to list the program you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.
Jury of Selection: The jury will consist of two sculptors and an NSS Allied Professional member.
The first prize winner may not compete the following year, but is welcome to apply again thereafter.
Awards Jury: The jury of awards will include three allied professionals, including curators, art gallery owners, and/or museum directors. Jurors will be looking for originality and talent, inspiration and personal interpretation – not just proficiency in replicating the model.
Richard McDermott Miller Prize of $5,800, consisting of a $3,000 cash award, a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur (value: $2,150) and a quarter page ad in Sculpture Review (value: $650)
Roger T. Williams Prize of $1,500
Walter & Michael Lantz Prize of $750
Supplies: Modeling clay, modeling stands, and materials to build armatures are supplied. However, competitors must supply personal sculpture tools and spray bottle.
Expenses: Each competitor is responsible for his/her own meals, travel and daily expenses. Applicants for the Modeling Competition should consider applying for NSS’ Participation Scholarships.
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.