National Sculpture Society 80th Annual Awards Exhibition

The Annual Awards Exhibition is on display daily from Saturday, August 17 through October 27 and is the National Sculpture Society’s most popular show. Hundreds of artists apply to the juried competition which offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The sculpture on display ranges from classical to contemporary, and is composed of portrait busts, bas-reliefs, and figures of all sizes and dimensions. A Jury of Selection, comprised of NSS Fellows and one curator, chose the 48 works from 219 entries. The exhibit is free with regular garden admission.

Visitors to the exhibition vote for their favorites to win the Brookgreen People’s Choice Award, announced at the end of the exhibition. Robin Salmon, Brookgreen’s Vice President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture said, “Our People’s Choice Award allows visitors to serve as a special awards jury, giving them the opportunity to critique the work and to take part in the exhibit. Each year since we initiated this award, every sculpture in every exhibition has received a vote, proving that this exhibit definitely appeals to everyone.”

The National Sculpture Society was 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.

Here is a short video of some of the sculpture you will see in this exhibit.