NSS Programs & Awards

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

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 participate in 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) Entrance to the events at SEWE 2021

d) 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: 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.

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.