Dexter Jones Residency

Dexter Jones Residency

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

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: not accepting applications at this time.

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 the NSS office 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.

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