NSS Programs & Awards

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

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 is presented at NSS’ annual Sculpture Celebration Conference.

Submission materials:

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

A biography or resume

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 is presented at NSS’ annual Sculpture Celebration Conference.

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

A biography or resume

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

A sculptor of approved merit shall become a Sculptor Member upon the nomination by the Membership Committee, or the Board, and by the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the Fellows, Sculptor Members, and Board Members at a General Meeting or special meeting of the members of the Society.

The next deadline will be in 2017.

DEADLINE
Not accepting applications at this time

For sculptors, born between 1981-1996, who would like to attend National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference which takes place June 23-25, 2017 in New York City.

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.

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

Recipients: Up to 10 recipients will be selected

Rewards:

  1. Two night hotel stay (if you live outside the immediate NYC area)
  2. $150 stipend
  3. Registration fee for the Conference ($350 value)

 

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 competition@nationalsculpture.org 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:  The jury will consist of three prominent sculptors

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 10, 2017
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1981-1996. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

Part of National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference in New York City

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: June 23, 2017 – 4 hours of continuous modeling

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

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 competition@nationalsculpture.org 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.

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.

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

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.

DEADLINE
April 10, 2017
MAXIMUM AWARDED
$5,800
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1981-1996. 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.

Prizes that artists compete for which 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 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 three sculptors and two architects.

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

The award is be presented at the Sculpture Celebration Conference.

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 with a resolution of 72 dpi. The longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long.

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 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: Each competitor must be a sculptor between the ages of 18 and 39 (born between 1977 – 1998).   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 2017 Sculpture Celebration Conference in June in New York City .

Submission Materials:

Images of up to 12 works of sculpture (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 with a resolution of 72 dpi. The longest side of the image should be approximately 1500 pixels long.

A biography or resume

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

Figurative or Realist Sculptor between the ages of 18 and 39

Applicant must have a valid social security number