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



The Grand Central Academy is proud to contribute this annual figure modeling competition to the growing renewal of classical figurative sculpture. The weeklong schedule of sculpting and events will encourage classical figurative sculpture and bring together exceptionally talented artists for dialogue and public review.

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all figurative sculptors, including previous finalists. Participants will be selected on the basis of their modeling ability and demonstrated aspirations to make beautiful, excellent classical sculpture.

SUMMARY: Finalists will compete June 6-10, 2011 to model a 32” figure from life with the model posing 8 hours each day for a total pose of 40 hours. The GCA will host an armature-building Meet & Greet prior to the competition (on Saturday, June 5, 12-5:00pm). On Monday & Wednesday evenings, we will open the competition room for public viewing and dialogue. On Friday evening, we will host an awards ceremony and reception, also open to the public. For schedule details, please click on the 2011 Competition & Public Events Schedule link towards the top of the page.

MATERIALS: The GCA will provide water-based modeling clay, armature building materials, modeling stands, wrapping materials and water bottles. Finalists are to bring all personal sculpting tools.

AWARDS: Each year the GCA invites celebrated artists working in the classical tradition and professionals dealing in classical sculpture to serve on our panel of judges.


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.