NSS
SCULPTURE
CELEBRATION
2024
SEPTEMBER 19–22 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Days
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HONOREES
Joey Quiñones
Augusta Savage Grant
Spencer Tinkham
Marilyn Newmark Memorial Grant
Benjamin Phillips
Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant
Mitch Shea
Stanley Bleifeld Memorial Grant
Chris Kunk
Dexter Jones Award
Ian Rank-Broadley
Richard Kindersley
The Armed Forces Memorial Trust
Liam O’Connor
Henry Hering Art and Architecture Award
Fred X Brownstein
Sculpture House Annual Award
Mark Edward Adams
Sculpture House Annual Award
Wesley Wofford
Herbert Adams Memorial Award
Michel Langlais
Medal of Honor
Schedule
THURS
SEPT 19TH
All Day Visioning Retreat for NSS board and staff at the Indiana State Museum
Plan A Advisors, a management consulting firm for nonprofits, is guiding NSS through a six-month strategic planning process which launched early June. This retreat marks the midpoint of the process.
Welcome to Indy! Cocktail reception and President’s Welcome
Celebrating its 135th anniversary this year, this architecturally significant property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the 35 top-ranked city clubs in the nation
FRI
SEPT 20TH
The Indy Arts Center was designed by renowned architect, Michael Graves, and is situated on a 9.5-acre campus with a sculpture garden. Free shuttle buses will be provided for Sculpture Weekend guests from the Fairfield Inn Downtown to IAC.
INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER
BROAD RIPPLE VILLAGE IN NORTHERN INDIANAPOLIS
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Richard McDermott Miller Modeling Competition
Meet ten of the best emerging sculptors in the US under the age of 30 as selected by the NSS education committee. Sculptors from across the country will sculpt a portrait from life in this intense timed competition.
11:00 AM
Frank M. Basile Auditorium, IAC
Orientation and General Meeting
Meet the NSS Board and learn about what we are doing and plans for the future.
Tours of Indy Art Center and campus
Open Studio Visit: Austen Brantley, sculptor-in-residence at Indy Art Center
12:30-1:30 PM
Ruth Lilly Library, IAC
Toolbox - Lunchbox
Sculptors, bring your favorite tools to share with fellow artists during roundtable lunch chats. A moveable feast of food and information! Enjoy fabulous food trucks and get to know the Modeling Competitors who will be joining us.
Indiana Limestone Symposium Carving Demo
Amy Brier, co-founder and director of Indiana Limestone Symposium brings her expertise to IAC for an afternoon demo and Q&A
3:30 PM
Time’s up! Modeling competition ends
3:30-4:00 PM
Photography session of competitors and finished works, public viewing With professional photographer Andy Lay
4:00 - 4:30 PM
Jurying of clay portraits
The finished clay works will be juried by three NSS Elected Sculptor Members
Cocktail Reception – NSS 91st Annual Awards Exhibition
Celebrate the sculptors whose work is included in this traveling exhibition, installed in two galleries from August 19 – December 15, 2024 at the Indy Art Center.
Outdoor foundry, IAC campus.
Iron Pour, Pizza Party, and Modeling Jury Results
Close the evening with a slice and a drink, mingle and meet colleagues and congratulate the Modeling Competitors.
SAT
SEPT 21ST
All activities will be within walking distance of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, which is located directly across the street from the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum, and within walking distance of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, and the Herron School of Art + Design. The following programs will be held in state-of-the-art facilities at the Herron School, Indiana University.
Downtown Indianapolis
starting at 9:30 AM
Tours of Herron School of Art + Design
10:00 AM
Herron School of Art + Design Auditorium
Panel Discussion: Sculpting in 2024: The Impact of Technology and AI
Whether you embrace it or hate it, AI is here to stay and it’s affecting how we work. Because it’s evolving so quickly, we have put together a panel of experts to tackle the many facets of AI.
Shirley M. Mueller, MD
Neuroscientist board certified in Neurology and Psychiatry and an art collector. She is the author of Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play and several articles, including AI and the Aesthetics of Art: A New Era for Collectors (Psychology Today, February 2024).
JACQUELINE HALPERN​
technology guru, is currently leading Product Design at Salesforce’s Trailhead. In recent years, Jacquelyn has plunged into the fascinating world of generative AI. She’s on a mission to unveil how generative AI can enhance our world and our creative spirits.​
ROBERT MICHAEL SMITH ​
is an active pioneer of digital sculpture, 3D CG visualization/animation, virtual reality, robotic CNC and 3D printed sculptures. Smith is tenured Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology Fine Arts Department and is a founding board director for Digital Stone Project and a board organizer for DSP Summer Workshops for Robotic Stone Carving in Tuscany.​
ZEB WOOD​
Media Arts and Science Faculty Member, Luddy School of Informatics, IUPUI, embraces emerging media with a focus on 3-D design integrated formats. He’s worked with students on projects that improve lives and disrupt industries and instructs in all areas of 3-D production, including augmented and virtual reality.​
PAUL KRONER ​
is a Cincinnati-based artist and gallerist who embraces AI. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's Graphic Design program, he is a fine artist working in sculpture, painting, animation, illustration, and photography. His gallery was established in 2021 with the mission to foster a dynamic space for the exchange of ideas and to ignite thought-provoking discussions through the power of art.​
Toolbox - Lunchbox
Roundtable lunch chats continue; share your favorite tool. 
Photographing Sculpture Workshop – Andy Lay Photography
Pro tips and tricks for photographing your work for sale and marketing, with award winning photographer, Andy Lay.
Marketing for Sculptors Made Easy – Rose Fredrick, Editor-in-Chief, Sculpture Quarterly
Designing your website, optimizing social media
Social Media Hookup
We’re connecting sculptors with students from the Luddy School of Informatic, Computing, and Engineering and the Herron School of Art + Design at Indiana University for 15-minute one-on-one sessions. This program is intended to connect sculptors with young creative computing experts who will help sort out your social media issues. Register here for a Social Media Hookup
6:00 - 9:30 PM
Eiteljorg Museum
Honors and Awards Dinner
Cocktails, dinner and awards presentations
ACCOMMODATIONS
Book Your Room NOW!
A room block with discounted rates for guests of the National Sculpture Society is available at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown on a first come, first served basis so please reserve now.
Fairfield Inn and Suites
501 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
Name of Event: Sculpture Celebration Weekend
Dates of Room Block: Wednesday, September 18–Sunday, September 22
REGISTRATION
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