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September 2013

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Offers Works by National Sculpture Society Members

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is presenting the National Sculpture Society’s 80th Annual Awards Exhibition, on view through Oct. 27, 2013.

The sculpture 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 open daily and is free with regular garden admission. It is the National Sculpture Society’s most popular show with hundreds of artists who apply to the juried competition.

Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s President and CEO said, “We are delighted to have this prestigious exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens. This annual partnership allows our visitors to enjoy and compare sculpture by America’s finest sculptors with work by rising stars in the figurative realm.”

Additionally, 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.

Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and, today, is a National Historic Landmark and a display garden with the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world. In addition to the gardens, Brookgreen offers year-round courses and workshops for those interested in sculpture as well as programs and tours for visitors of all ages and interests.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Gardens at 843/235-6000, 800-849-1931, or visit (www.brookgreen.org).

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