NSS Programs & Awards

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

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
Not accepting applications at this time
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
Not accepting applications at this time
APPLICANT TYPE
Sculptors born between 1982-1997. Citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.