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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

President Elect: Travis Donovan

Vice President: Kevin Vanek

Secretary: Jess Bradsher

Treasurer: Adam Adcock 

Webmaster and Memberships: Mary Carlisle

Social Media: Maggie MacKenzie

Student Committee

Chair: Kidd Graves        Student Chair: Briar Coleman

Mandy Bass

Jason Lord

State Representatives

Virginia Tyler: NC Lisa Pearce: NC

Kasia Ozga: NC

Jarod Charzewski: SC Kevin Kao: SC

Waylon Bigsby: SC

Larry Betchel: VA Keela Dooley: VA

Standing Annual Committees

Email if you are interested in volunteering.






Tristate Sculptors Education Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

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Have Questions?

For questions regarding membership, scholarship applications, or conference planning please contact

If you wish to contact a board member directly, visit the member's directory for more direct links.

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