NSS Programs & Awards

Get involved in the artistic community by applying for one of the opportunities available to you, as an artist, below.

The Dexter Jones Award, an unrestricted prize of $5,000, is presented annually to a sculptor for an outstanding work of sculpture in bas-relief.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be sculptors born between 1979-2000.   All applicants 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.

The use of figurative or realist sculpture is of greatest interest.  The winning work will be in bas-relief.

The grant will be presented at the Sculpture Celebration Conference.

A minimum of one year shall pass before a Dexter Jones Award recipient is eligible to apply again.

Deadline:

TBD

Submission Materials:

Images of up to 12 works of sculpture (up to 2 views each – 24 images total). At least one sculpture must be of a work in bas-relief. Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format and the longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long.  Resolution of 72 dpi or higher.

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.

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

To Submit:

Applications can be shared with the office through file sharing programs such as DropboxGoogle DocssendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to list the award you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.

DEADLINE
Not accepting applications at this time
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$5,000
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Sculpture, Traditional Arts
APPLICANT TYPE

Figurative or Realist Sculptor born between 1979-2000.

Applicant must have a valid social security number

The Henry Hering Art and Architecture Award is presented as the occasion warrants for outstanding collaboration between architect, owner and sculptor in the distinguished use of sculpture in an architectural project.

The use of figurative or realist sculpture is of greatest interest.

The jury is looking for excellence in an architectural project in which the architect collaborated with the sculptor and owner of a site.  The jury is composed of two sculptors and one architect.

A winning entry will receive three medals and three hand-lettered citations – one each for architect, owner and sculptor.

The award will be presented at NSS’ Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Deadline:

TBD

Submission Materials:

A project statement which indicates the purpose of the architecture (church, corporate headquarters, etc.), which describes the history of the project and which demonstrates the interaction between the architect, sculptor and owner of the site.

Up to twelves images of the site clearly showing the relationship between the building and the sculpture, the site of the sculpture and close-up images of the sculpture itself.  At least one of these images should be of an architectural drawing of the site. Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format. The longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long and the resolution can be 72 dpi or higher.

To Submit:

Applications can be shared with the office through file sharing programs such as DropboxGoogle DocssendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to list the award you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.

Previous Recipients:

DEADLINE
Not accepting applications at this time
MAXIMUM AWARDED
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ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Sculpture, Architecture
APPLICANT TYPE
Architects, landscape architects, property owners and sculptors are eligible.

The Membership Committee reviews applications for Elected Sculptor membership. Applications recommended by the committee will be voted on by the entire voting membership.

Deadline: March 5, 2018

To Submit:

Applications can be shared with competition@nationalsculpture.org through file sharing programs such as DropboxGoogle DocssendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to state ‘Elected Membership’ in the subject line or body of the email.

Submission Materials:

Images of up to 15 works of sculpture (up to 2 views each – 30 images total). Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format and the longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long.  Resolution of 72 dpi or higher.

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.

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

Benefits:

All Associate membership benefits, plus the opportunity to serve on various committees within the NSS, voting rights in the NSS and placement of your images and biographical information in our archives.

Dues: $250 per year

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

DEADLINE
March 5, 2018

Part of NSS’ Sculpture Celebration Conference. The Competition will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Each selected competitor will receive a Participation Scholarship.

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 1982-1997. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

Schedule: 4 hours of modeling

Selection: Up to 10 sculptors will be selected to compete by a jury of …

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 include:

    • Three night hotel stay

 

    • $150 stipend

 

    • Registration fee for the Sculpture Celebration Conference which takes place June 22-24, 2018 at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

 

  • 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 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.

To submit: 

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 …

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

Awards:

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

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.

DEADLINE
April 2, 2018
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$5,800
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1982-1997. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

For sculptors, born between 1982-1997, who have been selected as a competitor in the 2018 Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition.

Eligibility: Sculptors must be selected for the 2018 Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition.

Sculptors must have been born between 1982-1997.  All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

Please note that work that is inspired by nature – or figurative or realistic sculpture – is preferred

Recipients: The sculptors selected to compete in the 2018 Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition will receive a Participation Scholarship.

Rewards:

  1. Three night hotel stay
  2. $150 stipend
  3. Registration fee for the Sculpture Celebration Conference which takes place June 22-24, 2018 at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

 

To apply:

Submit an application for the 2018 Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition.  Selected competitors  will receive a Participation Scholarship.

Jury:  The jury will be the same as the jury for the Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition.

Additional:  The scholarships are funded by bequests from the estates of Charlotte Geffken and Roger T. Williams. Please note that each recipient is responsible for his/her own meals, travel and daily expenses.  NSS programs are open to individuals of all races, ethnic origins, colors, genders and religions.

DEADLINE
April 2, 2018
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1982-1997. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

The majority of the National Sculpture Society’s prizes are given at its Annual Awards Exhibition, which has a Jury of Selection and a separate Jury of Awards. The submission deadline is usually in the spring and will be noted on the NSS website calendar.

  •     Gold Medal/Charlotte Geffken Prize of $5,000
  •     Silver Medal/Maurice B. Hexter Prize of $3,000
  •     Bronze Medal/John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize of $2,000
  •     Marcel Jovine President’s Prize $1,000
  •     The Pat Munson Prize for avian sculpture $1,000
  •     The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award $1,000
  •     Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize $1,000
  •     Montana Memorial Prize $750
  •     The Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize $500
  •     Jane B. Armstrong Memorial Award $400
  •     The Margaret Hexter Prize $300
  •     The Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize $300
  •     The Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award $200

 

Prizes that are presented at the Sculpture Celebration Conference include:

  •      Modeling Competition (more info under COMPETITIONS)
  •      Participation Scholarships (more info under COMPETITIONS)
  •      The Alex J. Ettl Grant (more info under GRANTS)
  •      The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant (more info under GRANTS)
  •      The Dexter Jones Award (more info under AWARDS)
  •      Henry Hering Art and Architecture Awards (more info under AWARDS)

The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant is a $7,800 prize for a sculptor, specializing in animal sculpture, who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work.  The Grant consists of an unrestricted $5,000 cash award, a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine (value: $2,150) and a quarter page ad in Sculpture Review magazine (value: $650).

Applicants cannot be elected members of the National Sculpture Society.  All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

The grant is for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.

The jury will consist of three prominent sculptors.

The grant will be presented at the June 2019 Sculpture Celebration Conference in New York City.

Deadline:

Monday, October 1, 2018

Submission materials:

Images of up to twelve works of sculpture (2 views each – 24 images total). Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format and the longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long. Resolution of 72 dpi or higher.

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.

A biography or resume

To Submit:

Applications can be shared through file sharing programs. Be sure to list the award you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.

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

DEADLINE
Not accepting applications at this time
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$7800
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Animal Sculptors

The Alex J. Ettl Grant is a prize of $7,800 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society. The Grant includes an unrestricted $5,000 cash award, a half-page ad in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine (value: $2,150) and a quarter page ad in Sculpture Review magazine (value: $650).

It is awarded annually to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work. The Ettl Grant is for a mature body of work; sculpture created in workshop or instructional settings should not be submitted.

Applicants cannot be elected members of the National Sculpture Society. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

The jury will consist of three prominent sculptors.

The grant will be presented at the June 2019 Sculpture Celebration Conference in New York City.

Deadline:

Monday, October 1, 2018

Submission Materials:

Images of up to twelve works of sculpture (2 views each – 24 images total). Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format and the longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long. Resolution of 72 dpi or higher.

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.

A biography or resume

To Submit:

Applications can be shared through file sharing programs. Be sure to list the award you are applying for in the subject line or body of the email.

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

DEADLINE
Not accepting applications at this time
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$7800
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Figurative/Realist Sculptor