Di Tocker Glass selected for 2022 Awards for Sculpture - 21st Feb 2022

Di Tocker Glass selected for 2022 Awards for Sculpture

This email was recieved 10 February confirming my place as a finalist with 2 selcted works...

Kia ora Di,
Thank you for applying for the 2022 Richard T Nelson Awards for Sculpture.  We appreciate the time and effort it takes to put an application together.
We're really excited about the range of applications that came in - a mix of contemporary and traditional styles.
Congratulations: both of your works Submerge – Ice Melt and Submerge – Purple Fall  have been selected as finalists to be exhibited in the RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture Exhibition at the 2022 NZ Art Show.

Judging is never an easy task but you can feel confident your entry was reviewed thoroughly and respectfully; and often a robust conversation took place. The calibre of entries was remarkable and the diversity of work put forward has left us in absolute awe of the talent in Aotearoa. Around 80 small sculptures from artists all over NZ will form this exhibition.

Your work will be considered to receive one of 6 awards:
  •     Premier prize –- $15,000 (1 available)
  •     Highly commended - $1,000 (5 available)

The Awards for Sculpture will be exhibited within the
NZ Art Show in Wellington
Thursday June 2nd (preview) to Saturday June 4th.

"I am very grateful to have this ooportunity to showcase my artwork.
Thank you to philanthropist Richard T. Nelson!"


Richard T. Nelson is an avid art collector and appreciator. Originally from the USA, Richard has called Wellington, NZ home for past 25 years

Richard’s love of sculpture started more than 50 years ago upon visiting a small gallery in Haiti. There he came across some beautiful works by a Haitian sculptor, Ludovic Booz. He purchased 3 elegant mahogany sculptures that he admires and appreciates to this day.

Degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities followed by a successful career in Investments has enabled Richard to pursue his love of art.

His collection holds contemporary pieces from around the world including Europe, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Haiti, Japan and Africa. His sculpture collection includes a considerable selection of smaller works, providing the inspiration for this award.

Richard appreciates the elegance and grace of sculpture, and wishes to reward technique and true craftsmanship through this award.

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