Young Sculptors Competition

2017 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2017: focus on Representational Realism Sculpture

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2017 competition

The Competition

Year 2017: Representational / Realism 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 2017 $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.


2017: Dan Cameron, New York, New York

Dan Cameron is a New York-based independent curator, art writer, and educator. He was Curator of the 2016 Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador, which closed February 2017, and featured 47 artists from 20 countries. He is known for being the founder of Prospect New Orleans, an organization he ran the from 2006-2011 — a period when he was also Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Cameron was Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA from 2012 to 2015, and Senior Curator at The New Museum in New York from 1995 to 2006. As an independent curator, he served as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003 and Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial in 2006.

Cameron is currently guest curator for the Palm Springs Museum of Art, California, where he is preparing an exhibition on Latin American kinetic art of the 1950s and 1960s. As a writer, he has hundreds of publications to his credit, has lectured at museums and art events around the world, and taught on the MFA faculties of Columbia University, NYU, School of Visual Arts, and as guest faculty at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and California State University, Fullerton.

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 parts. 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 10, 2017.) All images submitted should be on CD or thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. Please organize the disc/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:
    • Your complete resume
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00
    • SASE with correct postage for return of disc/thumbdrive, if needed

Place all materials in a mailing envelope and address to:

Young Sculptors 2017
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2017

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 2017. 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 2019 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