Young Sculptors Competition

2019 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2019: focus on Non-Representational Sculpture

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2019 competition

The Competition

Year 2019: Non-Representational Sculpture only

Young Sculptors, U.S. residents, ages 25 – 35 as of competition entry are invited to participate in a biennial juried competition for the 2019 $10, 000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Entrants should have achieved a significant degree of success as an emerging artist of noteworthy talent. The winner will become part of the Miami University Young Sculptors of the Twenty-First Century Collection.


2019: Don Desmett, Founding Director of Exhibitions for the Richmond Center, Curator, and Writer, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Don Desmett was Founding Director of Exhibitions for the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University (2006-2016). From 2000 to 2004 Desmett was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (again as Interim Curator from 2018/19). He also served as Director and Curator of The Tyler Galleries at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia (1990-98).

Desmett has lectured widely, organized exhibitions of 19th century, modern and contemporary art, and has been a juror for numerous exhibitions and public art competitions throughout the United States. Among Desmett’s highlights: he was the curator for The Richmond Center, and has organized major exhibitions for ArtPrize 8, 9, and 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Museum for Contemporary Art, Cleveland; The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous exhibitions at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Tyler School of Art.

He has served on The National Leadership Grant Review Panel for The Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., The Ohio Arts Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Visual Arts Review Panels, a panel member for The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums & The New England Museum Association and, Independent Curators International/Chicago Expo Curatorial Forum 2019.

Your Entry

Your entry packet is to consist of the following:
(Incomplete or late entries will be rejected)

  1. Entry Form and Artist Contract: print and submit a hard copy via email, please
  2. Submission of Sculptures: up to 3 entries; Artworks, not less than 12”; not to exceed 60” in any dimension. May contain multiple/modular components. Artwork should be completed within the past three years that demonstrate the scope and depth of your work.
    MATERIALS: Permanent. Bronze, stone, ceramics, glass, aluminum, steel, wood, mixed, etc. Time-based works must include projector and/or monitor for exhibition. All works submitted must be available for the exhibition and purchase award. (Exhibition dates: September 4 – October 14, 2019.) 
    All images submitted should be on thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. Please organize the thumb-drive with each JPG having last name of artist and entry number, (corresponding with the artwork number on entry form.) The Word document should be titled Image List, with the following information per entry: Artist name, Title of work, Year of work, Media, Dimensions.
  3. Also Include:
    • A 1-2 page CV
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00
    • SASE with correct postage for return of thumb-drive, if needed

Place all materials in a mailing envelope and address to:

Young Sculptors 2019
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Competition Awards

$10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award
$2,500 Second Place
$2,000 Third Place


Finalists chosen by the Juror will be notified in mid-July 2019. Images of the finalists' works will be retained by Miami University. The $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award winner may be invited to visit the University to coincide with the 2021 competition. Participation in the exhibition entry process and signing the entry form, constitutes an understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth herein, including the right of Miami University to use submitted images for publicity and educational purposes.


All finalists will assume the cost of shipment of artworks to Miami University. Works must be packed in reusable crates/boxes and constructed to withstand the rigors of commercial shipping. Finalists are responsible for the repair of damaged crates before the works are returned. Works may also be hand-delivered. Hand-delivered works must also be picked-up from Miami University. Miami will assume the cost of return shipping of the finalists' sculptures. Works will be fully insured while on the premises of Miami University and while being returned to the artist.


Contact: Ann Taulbee, Director
Phone: 513.529.1883 | Fax: 513.529.1532