New York City is the home base for many arts organizations and the Sculptors Alliance Inc. is one such establishment. Based in Lower Manhattan and a proud member of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the Sculptors Alliance Inc. is dedicated to supporting emerging and established sculptors by helping them find ways to sell their work and promote their work—namely by exhibiting it in public spaces.
The Sculptors Alliance was started in 1980 by a group of students at the Education Alliance Art School on the lower east side of Manhattan. In its early years, the individuals involved with the Sculptors Alliance showcased their work at least once a year and, over time, the organization grew in popularity and membership. In 2002 it officially became a non-profit organization that showcases work in various locations each year. It is presently headed by Anne Stanner, an accomplished sculptor and teacher.
Since becoming a non-profit, the Sculptors Alliance has secured grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), partnered with Materials for the Arts (MFTA) and created a series of Creative Sculpture Workshops that are open to people of various ages. In fact, Anne has taught sculpture classes at the YMCA, something that comes naturally to her since her day job is a welding teacher at the famed Art Students League. Additionally, Anne is an accomplished sculptor who has had work on public display in galleries, parks, and other spaces throughout NYC and the greater Tri-State area.
“The Sculptors Alliance offers classes in a variety of mediums,” Anne explained in a recent interview. “Wood, metal, clay, found object assemblages—we teach it all.” One of the organization’s most recent, and exciting, successes is its exhibition on Governors Island, a location that it hopes to return to in 2016. According to Anne, “Curating a show on Governors Island was a great experience; the grounds are beautiful and we are even hosting outdoor workshops, provided the weather cooperated.”
Surely, the work on display in the Governors Island showcase, titled “Speaking Volumes…And Voids,” is a fine example of the artistic diversity present in the Sculptors Alliance community. Among the fourteen artists featured, some created small works while other pieces were quite large; some were wall hangings while others sat on the floor or stands; some work was vibrant while others were rendered in muted tones—it was truly a collage of creativity with a style for everyone.
When the Sculptors Alliance was first established it included approximately forty members, today there are “associates” rather than members. “When we went non-profit we decided to forgo membership and instead associate with artists,” Anne explained. “We suggest a donation of $40 a year. We want to keep the price reasonable so we won’t alienate fledging artists who have talent but no funding.”
To enter a show with the Sculptors Alliance one must keep an eye out for open calls. “I’ve posted calls for art on New York Artists Circle and with the New York Society of Women Artists,” Anne said. “Those organizations have led a lot of artists to us. We are open to artists of both genders and all ages and, as long as you work in sculptural forms we will consider your work.”
During August the organization is conducting a Wood Carving Workshop at Governors Island for four sessions, led by the prominent teaching artist, Yasmin Gur. To learn more about these sessions, or the Sculptors Alliance, Inc. in general, visit the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council website. To learn more about Anne Stanner, the President of Sculptors Alliance, Inc., see her official website.