May 23 2011

Finalists Selected for National Figurative Sculpture Competition

The National Sculpture Society has announced the participants selected for the 32nd Annual National Competition for Figurative Sculpture, which will be held from June 13-17 at the College.

Fifteen competitors and three alternates were selected from an applicant pool of the most talented emerging figurative sculptors throughout the United States.

The 2011 selection jury included Richard Blake, FNSS, Amy Kann, NSS and Paul Moore, FNSS.
Two current students of Lyme Academy College and two alumni of the College were chosen as finalists. 

The Lyme Academy College students, who are both juniors, are:
Lucian Goff of Essex, Conn.
Alexander Rane of New Haven, Conn. 

The Lyme Academy College alumni, who both majored in sculpture, are:
Emily Bedard of Milton, Vt.,  BFA, Class of 2009
Damian Masanz of Riverside, Conn. BFA, Class of 2007

The other finalists are:
Julia Ambrose of Milford, Conn.
Adrian Andrade of San Francisco, Calif.
Angela Cunningham of Philadelphia, Pa.
Chad Fisher of Moorestown, N.J.
Ben Hammond of Fork, Utah
John Hooker of Boston, Mass.
Zachary Kainz of Philadelphia, Pa.
Joshua Koffman of Philadelphia, Pa.
Julia Levitina of Philadelphia, Pa.
Mark Porter of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mark Utreras of Seaford, N.Y.

The alternates are:
Erik Durant of New Bedford, Mass.
Jamie Henderson of Edmond, Okla.
LaQuincey Reed of Norman, Okla.

The competition, which has taken on increasing prominence with the resurgence of interest in representational subjects, particularly figurative art, has two parts: The Figure Modeling Competition and the Dexter Jones Award.

For the Figure Modeling Competition, finalists must successfully sculpt a 30 to 36 inch model of a full-length figure from life. The competition is time limited; sculpting must be completed in 28 hours over a five-day period.

The late Walker Hancock, a nationally-known sculptor, set the criteria for the competition when it was established in 1978:

Each sculpture is judged on mastery of the human figure in sculptural form as well as each competitor’s comprehension of the action, unity and rhythm of the pose. Emphasis is placed on encouraging the analytic observation of the human figure, including proportion, stance, solidity and continuity of line. Of secondary importance is surface finish and detail.

Jurors for the competition are nationally- and internationally-known sculptors and must be invited to serve by the NSS. They must possess extensive knowledge and understanding of figure sculpture. Individuals directly connected with any of the host institutions are ineligible to serve as jurors.

The 2011 Figure Modeling Competition will be judged by three distinguished sculptors, all of whom are Fellows of the NSS: Lee Hutt, Michel Langlais and Anthony Antonios.

Lee Hutt studied painting in Belgium where her love of classical traditions in art was encouraged. She earned an MS in science from Columbia University, and studied art at the New School and sculpture at Mount Holyoke College. She has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards. Hutt is a Fellow of the NSS and a member of its board, a member of the board of The Allied Artists of America, and a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists, among others.

Michel Langlais was born in France and practiced there as a surgeon. After moving to Manhattan, and becoming a US citizen, he studied sculpture with Martine Vaugel at the New York Academy of Art, and Peter Rubino at the National Academy of Design. He has been awarded the National Sculpture Society’s Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and was the recipient of the National Academy Museum’s Alex Ettl Prize. M. Langlais is a Fellow and Patron of the National Sculpture Society and a member of its Board. He is also Founder and Board Member of Museo Marte (Museum of Modern Art of El Salvador).

Anthony Antonios studied art at the High School of Art and Design in NY, Pratt Institute, National Academy of Fine Art, and the Art Students League. He has created many commissions, including three-dimensional and relief works. Antonios has taught sculpture and drawing for many years and currently teaches in NY at the National Academy of Fine Art and the Arts Students League. He has also taught at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Past jurors have been a virtual “Who’s Who” of figurative sculptors and include Walker Hancock, Neil Estern, Stanley Bleifeld and Nina Akamu.

Five prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Figure Modeling Competition: The Charlotte Geffken prize for $5,000; the Roger T. Williams Prize for $1,500, which is awarded to a young sculptor who reaches for excellence in representational sculpture; the Walter & Michael Lantz Prize for $750; the Edward Fenno Hoffman Prize for $350, which is awarded to a young sculptor who strives to uplift the human spirit through the medium of his or her art; and the Gloria Medal, given in memory of C. Paul Jennewein.

The Dexter Jones Award for $5,000 is given to an emerging sculptor for the best work of sculpture in bas relief. Fellows of the NSS serve as the jury for the Dexter Jones Award and base their decisions solely on images submitted.

All prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony on Friday, June 17, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Foundation Studio, Chandler Center, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, CT. The public is welcome to attend.

The National Competition for Figurative Sculpture was established in 1978 by Barry Johnston in memory of his father, James Wilbur Johnston, to reassert the importance and value of figure study in contemporary sculpture. It is now co-sponsored by Brookgreen Gardens, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, National Sculpture Society and New York Academy of Art.

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