The National Sculpture Society (NSS) is set to host its annual exhibition of recent work by its talented members. This show will again grace Brookgreen Gardens, which became America’s first public sculpture park in 1931, when it was founded by the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her philanthropist husband, Archer Huntington.
On view will be works in diverse styles created by the Society’s Fellows, Elected Members, and Associates. The jury of selection chose just 41 works out of the 352 submitted; that hard-working panel included Fellows Michael Aaron Hall and Louise Peterson, as well as Jeremiah William McCarthy, chief curator at Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
All of the exhibiting artists are eligible for more than $18,000 in cash awards, which will be announced on October 21 when the People’s Choice Award is revealed. Sixteen prize-winning works will then move to NSS’s Manhattan gallery, where they will be on view November 20 through January 26, 2024.
The NSS promotes excellence in sculpture that is inspired by the natural world. In 1893, such founding members as Daniel Chester French, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Stanford White established the society to “spread the knowledge of good sculpture.” For 130 years, its members have created, exhibited, collected, and supported the evolving tradition in American sculpture. Today, its offerings include not only the annual exhibition, but also Sculpture Review magazine, the SculptureNews e-bulletin, an annual Sculpture Celebration conference, scholarships, grants, and competitions.