2012 Competition & Public Events Schedule
Criteria for Judging - UPDATED!
2012 Competition Rules and Instructions
Results and Photos from the 2008 Competition
Results and Photos from the 2009 Competition
Results and Photos from the 2010 Competition
Results and Photos from the 2011 Competition


1st Place - Susie Chism
2nd Place - Chad Fisher
3rd Place - Anna Lee-Hoelzle
Honorable Mention - Kevin Christman
Honorable Mention
- Will St. John

"I know of very few environments where such talented sculptors from around the world can meet together with such energy and enthusiasm and compete with each other so supportively. I am enriched and inspired by these widening connections and friendships that the Grand Central Academy sculpture competition has fostered. I have learned much from this experience, and my peers, and am so appreciative of being allowed this opportunity for growth."
- Susie Chism




1st 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.

2nd Place - Chad Fisher was born in Woodburn, New Jersey, and 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 his education at the Schuylkill Academy of Art, Barnstone Studios, Janus Collaborative School of Art and privately with Greg Wyatt, Stephen Perkins, and Gary Weisman. He has received private commissions since 2005.

3rd Place - Annd Lee-Hoelzle was born in Oregon in 1977. She studied drawing and sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art from 2003-2006. During her final year she was an instructor in the sculpture program. After graduating she returned to Oregon and set up a sculpture studio and a small bronze foundry.

Honorable Mention - Kevin Christman, originally from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, later moved to Los Angeles and worked for Northrop Corporation and MacDonnell Douglas Aerospace as a research and development materials engineer before studying Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After apprenticing with various artists in Los Angeles and Santa Fe New Mexico, Kevin moved to Ashland Oregon where he now works from his studio in Talent. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and has been working on public and private commission work for over twenty years.

Honorable Mention - 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.



Emily Bedard recieved her BFA from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2009. She now works in Milton, Vermont making figurative sculpture. In 2010 she completed her first public commission for the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument of Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT. Along with private commissions, she works closely with Canadian sculptor, Mark Prent. Together they do mold making and casting for personal artwork and other artists, and teach private sculpture workshops.

Hironori Kawabata is a figurative sculptor in Japan. He has been creating for 20 years and one of my primary interests has been restoring human sculpture. He believes that the tribulations of the person depicted are more sublime. He wants to take a different approach in interpreting the model. Reviving a sculpture is like giving it new life.

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.

Lori Shorin was born in New York and attended the renowned Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she studied with Robert Bodem and other highly trained sculptors. Her experience living in Europe for four years and being immersed in its rich culture profoundly influences her current creations. It was in Florence where she realized her vision of creating multi-figure classical sculptures and has brought that vision with her back to the US. She is creating compositions influenced by her time in Italy and extensive travels in India. Lori earned her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania and currently teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in New Hampshire, and at the School of Visual Art in New York. Lori exhibits in the US and Italy.

James Stewart has sculpted his whole life. Through a BBA at Bishop’s University, while selling photocopiers door-to-door and even throughout Vancouver Film School he was sculpting in clay. A passion for anatomy and expression led him to the silver screen where he has modeled characters like “Aslan” for The Chronicles of Narnia’s, “The Lion the witch and the Wardrobe” and the ‘Donkey Dragons’ in “Shrek 2”. He has gone on to Supervise and Art Direct films such as “Prince Caspian,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “10000 BC” and the Oscar nominated “District 9”. These roles provided 15 a year training ground that he now applies to his fine art. Today, having traveled to 45 countries, he is sculpting people he met along the way, capturing their dignity, life and surroundings in bronze. All works have been sold to collectors and he continues to work with his patrons to create collaborative art works that fit into his “Sculpture Journalist" series.

Born in New York, Leroy Transfield, originally from New Zealand, has been living and sculpting in Utah for 16 years. Transfields' studio is filled will sculptures, hundreds of figure studies, thumb sketches, Marquettes, finished gallery pieces and copies of commissioned pieces. From early in his career as an artist in Hawaii, his main goal has been to develop and refine his ability as a sculptor. Says Transfield: I'm no Michelangelo or da Vinci, but before I die I would like to be really good at least one thing, and that one thing is clay sculpture.


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.