The ever popular National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition will be on display in an exclusive showing at Brookgreen Gardens from August 6 through October 20, 2016. The collection of sculptures features the work of 45 talented sculptors from across the United States. The exhibition is included in garden admission and the public is invited to vote for their favorite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award.
The human figure dominates as the subject of the works, as does bronze as a medium of choice. Included in the selections are carved works in stone by Bela Bacsi, Marciano Amaral, Carter Jones, Steve Flom, and Dominique St. Cyr, and in wood by Peregrine O’Gormley. Sculptures in terra cotta, fired clay, and ceramic are by Mary Buckman, John Belardo, Pamela Mummy, Garrett Masterson, and Suzanne Storer. Whimsical works are alongside pieces depicting mythological themes, allegorical subjects, and moments of everyday life. Portraiture is another popular subject, represented by 11 works.
The Jury of Awards will meet at Brookgreen Gardens in September to determine the winners of the 14 awards given by the Society. Serving on the Jury of Awards are Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, NSS; and Burton Moore, Director of the Audubon Gallery inCharleston, SC.
There will be a closing celebration and reception for the 83rd Annual Exhibition onOctober 29 for Brookgreen members and the sculptors in the exhibition. The National Sculpture Society Awards will be presented at that time. Also, the Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award winner will be announced along with the winner of an award given byFine Arts Connoisseur magazine.
National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group ofAmerica’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.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.