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 when members can get together to share ideas and socialize. Other events and exhibitions are organized each year as the need or opportunity arises 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 important to us. We strongly encourage students to get involved in our organization to both inspire the older generation, as well as attempt to hand down the wisdom of those 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: Andi Steele
Vice President: Travis Donovan
Secretary: Jessica Bradsher
Treasurer: Brittany Sondberg
Webmaster and Memberships: Adam Adcock
Scholarships: Austin Sheppard
Social Media and Newsletter: Rachel Johanningsmeier
Virginia Tyler: NC Sarah Gay, NC
Mary Carlisle: SC Ann Melanie: SC
Alison Pack: VA Michael Hough: VA
Kidd Graves: ECU
Zach Blevins: UNCW