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1st Place - Will St. John
2nd Place - Susie Chism
3rd Place - Jiwoong Cheh
Honorable Mention - Angela Cunningham
Honorable Mention
- Chris Waddell

"The Competition was an amazing learning experience. Never before had I witnessed so much drive and perserverance in one group. It was a privledge working alongside such an outstanding group of professional sculptors." - Will St. John




1st Place - Will St. John (b. 1980) graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and Linguistics from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2003. Driven by a desire to learn the techniques of traditional painting and drawing, he enrolled in Nelson Shanks’ class at the Art Students League of New York. A year later he moved to Philadelphia to study with Shanks full-time at Studio Incamminati. In pursuit of his lifelong fascination with European painting, St. John attended Studio Escalier in France where he studied under Tim Stotz, Michelle Tully, and Ted Seth Jacobs. While abroad, he traveled across the continent visiting over two dozen of the continent's most renowned museums. Upon his return Will sought out his current teacher and mentor, Jacob Collins, and enrolled at the Water Street Atelier where he currently studies. Will was the recipient of the Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship in 2008 and the Leslie T Posey Foundation Scholarship in 2009. www.willstjohn.com

2nd Place - Susie Chism has a BFA in sculpture from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts where she had studied with and worked for the accomplished sculptors Don and Sharon Gale. Her childhood and early adulthood in Saudi Arabia and extensive travels around the world have had a profound influence on her sculptural aesthetic. Currently she teaches portrait and figure sculpture and sculptural anatomy at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT as well as teaching workshops in equine sculpture and anatomy. She has received numerous commissions and her work appears in private collections throughout New England.

3rd Place - Jiwoong Cheh is from Seoul, Korea where he received a BFA in sculpture from Hong-Ik University and subsequently received an MFA in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art. In Korea he taught sculpture and drawing for more than ten years and founded the Joshua Tree Institute of Art. Jiwoong has also received awards from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and the Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society among others. His commissions include sculptures for Samsung in Seoul, the Park of Queen Min in Yeoju and has private collectors in Korea and the US. Jiwoong is currently Senior Sculptor for Studio EIS in Brooklyn, New York. www.jwcheh.com

Honorable Mention - Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. After high school she studied at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing/ Painting and a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California for a few years, Angela decided to pursue her desire to learn the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art. She is a currently finishing up her studies and teaching part time at GCA. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award in 2009, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship Award in 2009, Alfred Ross Achievement Award in 2008.

Honorable Mention - Chris Waddell began art making as a boy growing up in Idaho. He pursued art in his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and later focused on sculpture as a masters student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Chris resides in New York sculpting for Studio EIS in Brooklyn as well teaching at The Grand Central Academy in Manhattan. Chris is married to Annalee and they have three boys: Noah, Benjamin, and Henry. www.chriswaddell.com



Alex Heinke grew up in Jefferson Oregon.  After high school he went to Carleton College in Minnesota where he got a BFA in studio art.  At college he realized that he loved sculpture, life drawing, and anatomy, so he decided to pursue those interests further at the New York Academy of Art.  In 2002, Alex graduated with an MFA in sculpture and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a month at the Vermont Studio Center.  Alex is currently a freelance commercial sculptor in New Jersey and teaches a class at the American Woodcarving School.

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 First Place in the Grand Central Academy’s Sculpture Competition, the National Sculpture Society’s Elisabeth Gordon Chandler Prize, and the Edmond Stewardson Competition Prize, his work appears in numerous public and 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. Koffman’s sculptures can be seen at FAN Gallery in Philadelphia and at www.joshuakoffman.com.

Brian Kramer values the common attributes of sculpture, painting and architecture in the classical tradition.  He currently works for Grenfell Architecture, out of Washington, DC, which is a firm that promotes the restoration of the traditional unity between these sister arts.  Previously, he taught sculpture and painting out of his private studio.  Brian studied painting 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.

Lauren Mills has won national acclaim both as a sculptor and earlier for her career as a book author and illustrator. Her work has exhibited in galleries and museums across the country including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  She studied sculpture at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and since has won the Gold Medal at the Allied Artists of America, a first place, both at the Portrait Society of America's Member's show and the Salmagundi Club, People's Choice at the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artist, and has been a two time finalist at the National Sculpture Society and an award winner at the Art Renewal Center International Salon exhibitions.

Peter Simon Mühlhäußer was born October 18th 1982 in Göppingen, an industrial city located in the southern part of Germany and close to the city of Stuttgart. From September of 2007 to May of 2009, Mühlhäußer had attended the New York Academy of (figurative) Art (NYAA) in NYC, through which he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in May of 2009. In addition to the degree, Mühlhäußer also earned 2 awards and graduated with the honor of Cum Laude. The first, The Walter Erlbacher Award complimented his understanding and execution of anatomy. The second award was a fellowship earning him the opportunity to study a third year at the academy during which he could reap the benefits of a supporting faculty and its artist community. At this time, Mühlhäußer is constructing a new body of work to be exhibited in his fellow show in September of 2010. www.petersm.com

Born in New York, Lori Shorin earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania, she then taught at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.  Her early works were primarily abstract, but in 2005 inspirations to create realistic figurative sculptures motivated her to apply to the Florence Academy of Art. Upon acceptance to the Florence Academy of Art, Lori, sold her house, pick-up truck and possessions and moved to Italy. She is currently the assistant teacher for the ecorche course at FAA and is moving back to the United States this summer. Lori’s work has been exhibited in the US and Italy, including The Islip Museum (NY), and in the permanent collection at the Mariposa Museum of International Culture (NH).

In 1970, having earned an MFA from Pratt Institute, and having been awarded several prestigious fellowships for his student work, the young Daniel Sinclair conceived the idea of going to Pietrasanta, Italy to discover if there was anything further that he could learn about stone carving in the commercial studios there. Pietrasanta is a town renowned for its marble quarries and fine stone carving since Roman times. Trudging from studio to studio, portfolio in hand and speaking a rudimentary Italian, Daniel was met by unfailing patience from the Italian craftsmen, but soon found that finding a position there was not to be so easy. As the weeks went by, he resolved to focus his efforts on what he believed was the premier shop in the town, the studio of Pasquino Pasquini. Eventually, by dint of sheer persistence, he found a position there, that of floor sweeper. While performing this and other duties for which the management deemed him qualified, and assisting the skilled artisans, it began to dawn on him that, in spite of his academic achievements, "I knew nothing about stone, about tools, about craftsmanship. I knew nothing about art." Thus began an apprenticeship, which was to last for five years.


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.