Brookgreen Gardens to display premier exhibition of American figurative sculpture

28 Jul

Brookgreen Gardens to display premier exhibition of American figurative sculpture

Brookgreen Gardens will once again host the The National Sculpture Society’s 89th Annual Awards Exhibition, the premier annual display of American figurative sculpture.

The exhibition will return to Brookgreen Gardens from Aug. 6 – Oct. 23, 2022, in the Rosen Galleries. Brookgreen, home to the largest and most significant collection of American figurative sculpture in the world, is the only venue for this exceptional annual exhibition. The National Sculpture Society is the first organization of professional sculptors in the country and handpicks pieces for this exhibition, presenting the finest in contemporary figurative sculpture by American masters alongside rising stars.

Titled “Mask Mandate,” this is one of the sculptures on display during The National Sculpture Society’s 89th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens.

“This annual exhibition supports our mission to collect and display the finest American sculpture and continues our longstanding relationship with the NSS since our founders, the Huntingtons, were members and supporters of the organization,” says Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen. “We are thrilled that Brookgreen is once again the venue for this exceptional display of artwork, and we hope visitors will take this opportunity to enjoy works from some of the country’s best contemporary sculptors.”

The 37 works in this exhibition are selected by a jury from hundreds of entries. Works are made of materials including bronze, wood, silicone, plaster, terracotta, cast aluminum, resin, marble, and steel. Seventeen awards will be presented by the NSS, along with the People’s Choice Awards, determined by votes from visitors to Brookgreen, which will be announced at the exhibit’s conclusion.

This exhibition is generously supported by Carl G. and Mary G. Colton, Hal and Margaret Holmes, Greg and Cheryl Sprole, Kenneth and Elaine Trousdell, and The Curator’s Circle.

The “Visions of Farewell” sculpture.

About Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, and is open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and the protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. For more information, visit our web site at or call 843-235-6000.

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