NSS Programs & Awards

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

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 residency will begin on Monday, June 1 – June 30, 2020.  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 1980 – 2001 may apply. Candidates must be available to live and work at Chesterwood in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts for the month of June 2020.  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 Berkshires.org.

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: March 31, 2020

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 grants@nationalsculpture.org 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.

DEADLINE
March 31, 2020
MAXIMUM AWARDED
residency
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Sculpture, Traditional Arts
APPLICANT TYPE

Figurative or Realist Sculptor born between 1980-2001.

Applicant must have a valid social security number

Many 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.

Apply to the 87th Annual Awards Exhibition

Deadline: April 24, 2020

  •     Gold Medal / Marion and Gilbert Roller Prize of $3,000
  •     Silver Medal / Maurice B. Hexter Prize of $2,500
  •     Bronze Medal / John Cavanaugh Memorial Prize of $2,000
  •     The Anna Hyatt Huntington Award $1,000 and a Brookgreen Medal
  •     Fred and Cheryl Newby Patrons Award $1,000
  •     Marcel Jovine President’s Prize $1,000
  •     The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award $1,000
  •     Susan and Robert Polack Prize $1,000
  •     Pietro and Alfrieda Montana Memorial Prize $750
  •     The Agop Agopoff Memorial Prize $500
  •     The Margaret Hexter Prize $500
  •     The Edith H. and Richman Proskauer Prize $500
  •     Jane B. Armstrong Memorial Award $400
  •     The Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award $200 and the Gloria Medal
DEADLINE
April 24, 2020

The Competition will take place at the 2020 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 1984-1999. 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.

Schedule:

4 hours of modeling and a break for lunch.

Deadline: March 16, 2020

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 include:

    • Three night hotel stay

 

    • $150 stipend

 

    • Registration fee for the Sculpture Celebration Conference

 

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

 

Participation Scholarships

Scholarships are underwritten by the estate of Charlotte Geffken.

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 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 competition@nationalsculpture.org through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Drive, sendthisfile, Hightail, WeTransfer, etc… Be sure to state ‘RMM Competition’ in the subject line or body of the email.

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.

Awards:

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.

DEADLINE
March 16, 2020
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$3000
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1984-1999. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

The SEWE Scholarship is directed toward an emerging wildlife sculptor.  The recipient will have the opportunity to attend NSS’ 2020 Sculpture Conference and the 2021 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.  The recipient is expected to apply to both events.

Eligibility: Sculptors must have been born between 1984-1999. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

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

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Rewards:

a) Three night hotel stay

b) Registration fee for the Sculpture Conference taking place June 5-7, 2020 at Chesterwood (the former studio of Daniel Chester French), Berkshires, MA.

c) Complimentary one year Associate Membership with National Sculpture Society

Submission Materials:

1. Images of six to twelve works of wildlife 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 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 competition@nationalsculpture.org through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google DrivesendthisfileHightailWeTransfer, etc… Be sure to state ‘SEWE Scholarship’ in the subject line or body of the email.

DEADLINE
March 16, 2020
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Wildlife Sculpture
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1984-1999. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

For sculptors, born between 1984-1999, who would like to attend NSS’ 2020 Sculpture Conference.  The Conference will take place June 5-7, 2020 at Chesterwood, Daniel Chester French’s former studio in the Berkshires, MA.

Eligibility: 

Sculptors must have been born between 1984-1999.  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 – figurative, realistic, animal, wildlife sculpture – is preferred

Recipients: Up to four recipients will be selected.

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Rewards:

Three night hotel stay

Registration fee for the 2020 Sculpture Celebration Conference

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 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 apply: Applications can be shared with competition@nationalsculpture.org through file sharing programs such as DropboxGoogle DrivesendthisfileHightailWeTransfer, etc…

Be sure to state ‘Participation Scholarships’ in the subject line or body of the email.

Jury:  Three sculptors will jury the applicants.

Additional:  The scholarships are funded by bequests from the estate Roger T. Williams and by gifts from the Green-Wood Cemetery

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

DEADLINE
March 16, 2020
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1984-1999. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

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

The applicant is encouraged to submit the focus of their work rather than the range of their work. Commercial success and public placements are not a requirement.

The applicant should submit only their best work, quality over quantity. Work done in workshops or instructional settings should not be submitted.  Works in clay and wax are permitted but completed works should be included. Fired clay, plaster, stone, wood, steel, bronze, resin and other permanent materials are considered complete.

The sculpture should be photographed against a contrasting, non-distracting background, the camera should be on a tripod, lighting should enhance the form and not flatten it.

Deadline: March 2, 2020

To Submit:

Applications can be submitted through Entry-Thingy

Submission Materials:

Images of up to 15 works of sculpture (up to 3 views each – 45 images total).

A resume.

No submission fee

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 once elected

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

DEADLINE
March 2, 2020

The Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant is a prize of $5,000 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society.

It is awarded annually to a sculptor who has demonstrated outstanding ability as a sculptor and who has created a body of work inspired by nature which includes works of sculpture in bas-relief and in the round. The Bleifeld 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 persons, including at least two sculptors.

The grant will be presented at the 2021 Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Deadline:

October 2020

Submission Materials:

Images of up to twelve works of sculpture, 24 images total. Images should be in JPEG (.jpg) format. The longest side of the image should be 1500 pixels or longer. Resolution of 72 dpi or higher.  At least two of the works must be bas-reliefs.

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. This can be in the form of a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) document.

To Submit:

Submissions will be accepted starting in July 2020.

Submissions can be shared with through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, sendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to list the “Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant” 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
$5,000
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Sculpture/Bas-Reliefs
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptor whose work is inspired by nature and includes works of sculpture in bas-relief and in the round

The Alex J. Ettl Grant is a prize of $5,000 sponsored by the National Sculpture Society.

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 2021 Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Deadline:

October 2020

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 at least 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 resume in the form of a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) document.

To Submit:

Submissions can be shared through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, sendthisfile, Hightail, etc… Be sure to list the “Alex J. Ettl Grant” 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
$5,000
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Figurative/Realist Sculptor

The Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant is a $5,000 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.

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 2021 Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Deadline:

October 2020

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 at least 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 resume. This can be in the form of a Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) document.

To Submit:

Submissions can be shared through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer, sendthisfileHightail, etc…  Be sure to list the “Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant” 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
$5,000
ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Animal Sculptors

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’ 2021 Sculpture Conference.

Deadline:

Accepting applications in August 2020

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 fifteen 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 1500 pixels or longer and the resolution can be 72 dpi or higher.

To Submit:

Submissions can be shared with the NSS office through file sharing programs such as Dropbox, Google Drive, sendthisfileHightail, WeTransfer,  etc…  Be sure to list “Henry Hering Award” in the subject line or body of the email.

Previous Recipients:

DEADLINE
Accepting applications in August 2020
MAXIMUM AWARDED
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ARTFORM / PRACTICE
Sculpture, Architecture
APPLICANT TYPE
Architects, landscape architects, property owners and sculptors are eligible.