Young Sculptors Competition

2021 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2021: focus on Representational Realism Sculpture

 2021 Entry Form

The Competition

Young Sculptors, U.S. residents, ages 25 – 35 as of competition entry are invited to participate in a biennial juried competition for the 2021 $10, 000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Entrants should have achieved a significant degree of success as an emerging artist of noteworthy talent. The winner will become part of the Miami University Young Sculptors of the Twenty-First Century Collection.


2021: Mark Dion

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program. Dions work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between objective ’(rational) scientific methods and subjective( irrational) influences. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production. He is the co-director of Mildred's Lane an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood in Copake, New York and works world-wide.

Your Entry

Your entry packet is to consist of the following:
(Incomplete or late entries will be rejected)

  1. Entry Form and Artist Contract: print and submit a hard copy via email, please
  2. Submission of Sculptures: up to 3 entries; Artworks, not less than 12”; not to exceed 60” in any dimension. May contain multiple/modular components. Artwork should be completed within the past three years that demonstrate the scope and depth of your work.
    MATERIALS: Permanent. Bronze, stone, ceramics, glass, aluminum, steel, wood, mixed, etc. Time-based works must include projector and/or monitor for exhibition. All works submitted must be available for the exhibition and purchase award. (Exhibition dates: September 2 – October 7, 2021.) 
    All images submitted should be on thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. Please organize the thumb-drive with each JPG having last name of artist and entry number, (corresponding with the artwork number on entry form.) The Word document should be titled Image List, with the following information per entry: Artist name, Title of work, Year of work, Media, Dimensions.
  3. Also Include:
    • A 1-2 page CV
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00
    • SASE with correct postage for return of thumb-drive, if needed

Place all materials in a mailing envelope and address to:

Young Sculptors 2021
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Competition Awards

$10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award
$2,500 Second Place
$2,000 Third Place


Finalists chosen by the Juror will be notified in mid-July 2021. Images of the finalists' works will be retained by Miami University. The $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award winner may be invited to visit the University to coincide with the 2021 competition. Participation in the exhibition entry process and signing the entry form, constitutes an understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth herein, including the right of Miami University to use submitted images for publicity and educational purposes.


All finalists will assume the cost of shipment of artworks to Miami University. Works must be packed in reusable crates/boxes and constructed to withstand the rigors of commercial shipping. Finalists are responsible for the repair of damaged crates before the works are returned. Works may also be hand-delivered. Hand-delivered works must also be picked-up from Miami University. Miami will assume the cost of return shipping of the finalists' sculptures. Works will be fully insured while on the premises of Miami University and while being returned to the artist.


Contact: Ann Taulbee, Director
Phone: 513.529.1883 | Fax: 513.529.1532