The Annual Awards Exhibition is National Sculpture Society’s most popular show. Hundreds of artists apply to the juried competition, which offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes. This is the second year Ken Newman's sculptures have been chosen for this exhibition. The sculpture on display ranges from classical to contemporary, and is composed of portrait busts, bas-reliefs and full-size figures.
Highlights of the show include a discus-throwing monkey, a pre-teen pondering his adolescence, a couple embraced in a passionate tango, and a stable of wild and domestic animals to please everyone. The variety of subject matter and media exhibited represents the diverse styles, backgrounds and disciplines of NSS members.
Founded in New York City in 1893 by a group of America’s most prominent sculptors, its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s. It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century. Fellows (FNSS), Elected Members (NSS), and Associates make up the levels of sculptor membership of the organization, which is international in scope and appeal. National Sculpture Society and its members are dedicated to promoting excellence in art that is inspired by man and nature.
A Jury of Selection, comprised of two NSS Fellows and one curator, chose the 43 sculptures from the 211 entries. This year’s Jury of Selection included Amy Kann, FNSS; Lawrence Noble, FNSS; and Kevin Murphy, Curator of American Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR visit http://www.crystalbridges.org
Fellow Members (FNSS) include; Tim Cherry, Jane DeDecker, Barry Woods Johnston, Carter Jones, Jim Licaretz, Paul Moore, Louise Peterson, Rosetta, Christopher Smith and Bart Walters.
Elected Members (NSS) include; Daniel Altshuler, George Bunmann, Angela Mia De La Vega, Martin Gates, Jay F. Goldstein, Timothy Hooton, Anne Huibregtse, Richard Loffler, Ken Newman, Alex Palkovich, Louis Quaintance, Ryoichi Suzuki and Steve Worthington.
Associate sculptors featured in the exhibition include; Douglas Aja, Marlys Boddy, Kate Brockman, Ivan Chermel, Stacy Deslatte, Deon Duncan, Martin Glick, John L. Guest, Joshua Koffman, Duncan MacDiarmid, Thomas McClelland, Mary Sand, Rik Sargent, Rikki Morley Saunders, Stefan Savides, Stephen Saxenian, Rosie Irwin Price, Paul Rhymer, Kathe Umlauf and Dale Weiler.
Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and today is a National Historic Landmark and a display and workshops to sculptors as well as programs and tours for visitors of all ages and interests. Brookgreen offers year-round courses garden with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world.
The 79th Annual NSS Awards Exhibition is open daily to the public, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and is free with regular admission to the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. A brochure of the show is available.
For more information about this exhibition or National Sculpture Society, visit http://www.nationalsculpture.org/