History and Mission
Founded in 1984, the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a nonprofit corporation committed to promoting an awareness and understanding of sculpture and fostering the exchange of ideas among sculptors, collectors and the public through exhibitions, events, workshops and social gatherings.
WSG plans, manages, and promotes 3–4 juried and curated exhibitions each year in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces throughout the greater Washington, DC area. These high-quality exhibitions offer members opportunities to show their work and raise their visibility within the region.
Our other events include:
- Artists’ panels and presentations that create a public forum for discussion.
- Workshops to help sculptors improve their business skills and promote their artwork.
- An annual image show that allows members to present their artwork to the public, gallerists, curators, collectors, and other DC area art representatives.
- An annual International Sculpture Day (ISD) event in which WSG joins 1000+ organizations and institutions worldwide to celebrate the diversity of sculpture and sculpture practices.
- Social events to foster a community, including our summer picnic and annual dinner in December.
Finally, WSG publishes three issues of The Washington Sculptor newsletter per year, giving members the opportunity to promote their accomplishments (exhibitions, grants, residencies, and other professional activities). Important feature and editorial articles are also penned by volunteer writers, covering the latest trends in sculpture and sculpture practices.
WSG is entirely volunteer-driven; our Board of Directors and volunteer committees carry out the organization’s mission that serves nearly 400 members annually. The Washington Sculptors Group has been the recipient of the DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts to acknowledge the organization’s impact in the DC Metropolitan area.
2019–2020 WSG Board Members
Chairperson: Annie Farrar
Vice-Chairperson: Judith Pratt
Interim President: Lisa Battle
Secretary: Lisa Battle
Treasurer: Zoie Lafis
Membership: Mary Early
Entrythingy Manager: Jeff Chyatte
Graphic Design: Laura Jamroz
Editor and Publication Manager: Lynda Smith-Bügge
Website: Alex Kasten
Social Media: Asma Chaudhary
Volunteer Coordinator and Call Center: Laura Jamroz
Youth and Diversity Initiatives: Eric Celarier & Wilfredo Valladares
Advisory Board Liaison: Joan Weber
Exhibitions Chair: Steve Wanna
Programs Chair: Judith Pratt
Museum and Special Projects Liaison: Mahy Polymeropoulos
The Washington Sculptor Publication
Editor: Lynda Smith-Bügge
Feature Writers: Eric Celarier*, Jeffrey Cooper*, Jeff Chyatte, Judith Pratt, Steve Wanna
Design and Image Management: Stephanie H. Firestone*
Proofreaders: Jessica Beels*, Judith Pratt
*non-board member volunteers
WSG Advisory Board 2019–2020
Philip Barlow, Collector
Alan Binstock, Sculptor
Emilie Brzezinski, Sculptor
Gloria Chapa, Sculptor
Helen Chason, Director, Kreeger Museum
Chas Colburn, Sculptor, Owner 3D Metal Parts, Inc.
Joan Danziger, Sculptor
Elsabe Dixon, Sculptor, former President WSG
Cheryl Edwards, Artist
Pattie Porter Firestone, Sculptor, former President WSG
Janet Fries, Esq., Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, WALA Advisor
David Furchgott, Founder, Int’l Arts & Artists; Former Executive Director, Int’l Sculpture Center
Margery Goldberg, Zenith Gallery, Zenith Community Arts Foundation, sculptor
Juanita Hardy, Co-founder, Milennium Arts Salon
Mel Hardy, Co-founder, Milennium Arts Salon
Glenn Harper, former Editor, Sculpture Magazine
Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Sculptor
Jan Lodal, Collector
Dalya Luttwak, Sculptor
Blair Murphy, Curator of Exhibitions, Arlington Arts Center
Virginia Mecklenberg, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Allison Nance, Director, IA&A at Hillyer, Director, Washington-area initiatives
Peter Nesbett, Executive Director and Keeper of Imaginative Futures, Washington Project for the Arts
Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Victoria Reis, Executive Director, Transformer
Brigitte Reyes, Reyes Davis Art Consultants
Wendy Ross, Sculptor
Laura Roulet, CuratorFoon Sham, Sculptor
Vesela Sretenovic, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Phillips Collection
Athena Tacha, Sculptor
Sarah Tanguy, Curator, Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State
Duncan Tebow, Founding Member and former President WSG
Joan Weber, Collector