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.

March 31, 2020
Sculpture, Traditional Arts

Figurative or Realist Sculptor born between 1980-2001.

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’ 2021 Sculpture Conference.


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:

Accepting applications in August 2020
Sculpture, Architecture
Architects, landscape architects, property owners and sculptors are eligible.