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1st Place - Joshua Koffman
2nd Place - Kate Brockman
3rd Place - Jiwoong Cheh
Honorable Mention - Angela Cunningham
Honorable Mention
- Julia McGeehan

"Heading to NY and participating in this year’s competition was a tremendous experience. The GCA, along with its remarkable student work, set a bar of excellence for every one of the finalists. Being chosen as first place winner among so many talented and dedicated sculptors is truly an honor. The competition demanded a clear understanding of values and process, and I entered as a means to challenge my own knowledge of both. I am grateful for the GCA’s incredible support of the sculpture community and pleased to see its methodical dedication to building a sculpture department within the curriculum." - Joshua Koffman

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WINNERS

1st Place - Joshua Koffman lives and works in Philadelphia where he studied and presently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. A recipient of many distinguished awards (including the National Sculpture Society’s Elisabeth Gordon Chandler Prize, the Edmond Stewardson Competition Prize and the Louise A. Cramer Sculpture Prize) his work appears in numerous private collections. In 2007, he and five colleagues co-founded The Philadelphia Traction Company, a collaborative workspace and art center in West Philadelphia, where Koffman continues to model, cast, and create.

2nd Place - Kate Brockman has been a dedicated figure sculptor in the Philadelphia area for the past seventeen years. She studied sculpture and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and is grateful to have discovered a passion there, that has lead her to a fulfilling career in figurative sculpture. Kate not only sculpts, but casts all her own work in bronze, in her foundry in Philadelphia. She has enjoyed many solo shows in area galleries and museums, and is currently teaching the figure at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

3rd Place - Jiwoong Cheh was born in Korea and pursued his own sculpture ambitions there, including the founding of a figurative drawing and sculpture institute. Six years ago Cheh decide to come to America to study in a two year Masters program at New York Academy of Art. Since receiving his degree, Cheh has worked as the head sculptor at StudioEIS, a prestigious figure studio in Brooklyn, New York, and has been working extensively on his own sculpture as well.

Honorable Mention - Originally form California, Angela Cunningham received her BFA in Drawing/ Painting with a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California for a few years, Angela came to New York to continue her studies at Grand Central Academy. Angela is represented by Sarah Bain Gallery in California (www.sarahbaingallery.com). She has shown nationally and won the Alfred Ross Achievement Award last year.

Honorable Mention - Julia Levitina McGeehan was born in Odessa, USSR, in 1981 and immigrated to the United States in 1995. She has studied at the Sorbonne, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and under the tutelage of the Philadelphia sculptor Stuart Feldman. McGeehan is a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Mary Butler Trust Award from the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Elizabeth Gordon Chandler Award from the National Sculpture Society. Exhibitions of her work include Artists’ House gallery in Philadelphia and Riverbank Arts gallery in New Jersey. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, where she is a professional sculptor, moldmaker and bronze caster.

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FINALISTS

Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Chad Fisher began his artistic training at the age of 18 at Syracuse University. Following his freshmen year he transferred to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy in 2007, Chad continued education at the University of Pennsylvania. Chad has participated in group exhibitions since 2005, and from 2006 has had various private commissions.

Alex Heinke grew up in the small town of Jefferson, Oregon, and drew anything he could lay his eyes on. Alex then studied a variety of arts at Carleton College in Minnesota. After college he decided that sculpture was his true calling and subsequently enrolled in the New York Academy of Art. After graduation Alex started doing toy work and spent five years working at McFarlane toys. Alex is currently a freelance toy sculptor and a teacher at the American Woodcarving school in Wayne NJ.

Brian Kramer currently works in the office of Grenfell Architecture in Washington, DC—a firm that desires to restore the traditional unity among the sister arts of sculpture, painting and architecture in the classical tradition. Brian previously taught sculpture and painting out of his private studio. Brian studied with Michael Aviano, and holds a Master of Fine Art degree in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Adam Matamo is entering his senior year at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where he will attain his BFA in sculpture. Adam recently won the Stewardson Award from the Sculpture Competition hosted by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Adam’s primary focus is the human figure and animals.

Virgil Oertle Apprenticed to his father at the age of thirteen, and his first sculpture tool was a chainsaw. Virgil's love for sculpture has continued even though his medium and tools have changed. Currently he is pursuing a masters degree in Philadelphia and will graduate in 2008.

Mark Porter is currently sculpting at the Grand Central Academy (GCA). Prior to studying at GCA, Mark apprenticed and collaborated with many artists, on small to monumental pieces. Mostly self-taught, Mark is now seriously pursuing a career as a sculptor.

An American artist from the western United States, Mason Sullivan embarked on his artistic studies in 2001. After a brief stay in university he left to study art full time. While studying painting he was introduced to his twin loves: anatomy and sculpture, and soon focused on little else. In 2004 Mason left home to attend the Florence Academy of Art where he enrolled in the sculpture program. From 2005 until spring 2008 he was the teaching assistant for the anatomy department. While in Europe he won acclaim in several exhibitions across the continent. Mason currently teaches figurative sculpture at the Grand Central Academy in New York.

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The GCA and the advent of the annual Classical Figure Sculpture Competition are made possible with the generous support of the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.