Who Is the Texas Society of Sculptors?
The Texas Society of Sculptors (TSOS) is a sculptors' guild based in Austin, Texas, and was chartered in 1971 by the State of Texas as a non-profit organization. Objectives of the society include educating the public about sculpture and the many media of this art form, promoting the work of sculptors, and serving as a liaison between sculptors everywhere. Although Texas-based, membership is open to sculptors and sculpture lovers anywhere in the United States. A newsletter is published at least four times a year to inform Members of sculptors' activities, sculpture events, and professional opportunities.
TSOS consists of over 170 members. Most are sculptors that work in a variety of mediums, including terra-cotta, bronze, stone, concrete, and mixed media. Styles range from classical to nonobjective. Other members are bronze casting foundries, students, art lovers, and other arts organizations.
TSOS sponsors at least two exhibits per year--alternating a juried show (with an outside juror) with an all-membership show. Studio and/or foundry tours are held sometimes in the spring. TSOS also hosts Sculptfest, an annual outdoor festival celebrating the wonders of sculpture every fall on Austin Museum Day (with FREE admission). At Sculptfest, sculptors exhibit their work and demonstrate their different media. It's a great way to buy art--directly from the artist or from an art auction. It's a hands-on celebration with a special area for children to sculpt in various media.
Board meetings are open to ALL members of TSOS. Meetings are usually held at n11:00 on the second Wednesday of each month at a place of sculptural interest and are followed by lunch at an area restaurant.