Our History and Mission
The Tri State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, professional development, etc.
Each spring, there is a more informal conference where members can share ideas and socialize. As the need or opportunity arises, other events and exhibitions will be held. Members also stay connected and informed through a quarterly newsletter.
Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location. Many of our members are educators; therefore, the role of art education is vital to us. We strongly encourage students to get involved in our organization to inspire the older generation and attempt to hand down the wisdom of members who have been in the field for many years.
If you'd like to learn more about the TSS origin story, and see some photos of the earliest members, click on the history book link to the left. This document reports on the developments of the organization from 1979-1998.
Current Board Members
President: Brittany Sondberg
Vice President: Travis Donovan
Secretary: Jess Bradsher
Treasurer: Adam Adcock
Webmaster and Memberships: Mary Carlisle
Scholarships: Rick Conn and Sarah Gay
Social Media and Newsletter: Rachel Johanningsmeier
Virginia Tyler: NC Kevin Vanek, NC
Mary Carlisle: SC Ann Melanie: SC
Michael Hough: VA Vacancy, VA
Kidd Graves: ECU