ASSOCIATION OF FINNISH SCULPTORS
The Association of Finnish Sculptors is the national organization for Finnish professional sculptors, established in 1910. Its main objective is to promote and present Finnish sculpture domestically and abroad. As an expert the association offers guidance and information on questions relating to sculpture and represents the professional, economic and social interests of sculptors.
The association maintains Galleria Sculptor as well as organizes events, seminars and exhibition projects and takes part in for example art fairs.
The Association of Finnish Sculptors has 444 members. Persons who are Finnish citizens or permanently reside in Finland and have showed their competence as a sculptor qualify as members. The members are chosen on the basis of applications.
The Association of Finnish Sculptors is a member organization of the Artists’ Association of Finland, alongside the Artists’ Association Muu, the Union of Finnish Art Associations, the Association of Finnish Printmakers, the Finnish Painters’ Union and the Finnish Photographic Artists’ Association.
INFORMATION ON SCULPTURE
The association produces books and exhibition catalogues featuring Finnish sculpture and promotes publications of its members. The office assists researchers, curators, people who are planning to buy sculptures, organizers of exhibitions and visual arts competitions, museums, the media and awarders of prizes. You may also turn to the association for curating help with art acquisitions.
The latest publication produced by the Association of Finnish Sculptors is a guide to buying sculptures written by Otso Kantokorpi. The publication (also in English and Swedish) is available at Galleria Sculptor or can be downloaded as a pdf. version at the association’s website.
You will also find information on the work of the members on their homepages, see sculptors section.
The administration is overseen by the executive board elected at the association’s autumn meeting, consisting of a chairperson and six members. The association’s ordinary meetings are held twice a year, in spring and autumn.
Executive board 2018
Anssi Pulkkinen (until 16.1.2019)
Denise Ziegler (deputy until 12.4.2019)
Other board members:
The Association of Finnish Sculptors accepts new members twice a year. For more information: applying for membership.
Persons who have earned credit as sculptors and advanced the goals of the association with their actions are invited to become honorary members. The honorary members are Kerttu Horila, Kari Huhtamo, Reijo Hukkanen, Heikki Häiväoja, Erkki Kannosto, Hannele Kylänpää, Antti Maasalo, Eila Minkkinen, Taru Mäntynen, Pirkko Nukari, Matti Nurminen, Anna-Maria Osipow, Kimmo Pyykkö, Antero Ruotsalainen, Anneli Sipiläinen, Ossi Somma, Barbara Tieaho and Jukka Vikberg.
Friends of Sculpture
Private persons and companies interested in sculpture may get a Friends of sculpture -membership.
PRO SCULPTURA MEDAL
The Association of Finnish Sculptors has since 1960 given out the The Pro Sculptura medal for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Finnish sculpture.
The medal, designed by sculptors Heikki Varja and Kauko Räsänen, has been awarded to the following persons or communities: Wäinö Aaltonen, Arvo Aho, Marja-Leena Ahola, Veli Aine, Alko Group, Marja-Liisa Bell, Bengt von Bonsdorff, City of Hyvinkää, City of Kotka Sculpture Park, City of Tampere, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Guild of Medallic Art in Finland, Forsmanin kiviveistämö, Göran Green, Maire Gullichsen, Roger Gustafsson, Arttu Halonen, President Tarja Halonen, Raimo and Raini Heino, Helsingin Saskiat ry, Helsinki Art Museum, Jaakko Hemmi, Sara Hildén, Armas Hutri, Maaretta Jaukkuri, Esko Julin, Yrjö Jäntti, Otso Kantokorpi, Kai Kartio, Urho Kekkonen, Eino Koistinen, Erkki Koponen, Pertti Kukkonen, Erik Kråkström, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Väinö Kärkkäinen, Aune Laaksonen, Laura Luostarinen, Loimaan Kivi Ky., Jorma K. Miettinen, Esko Nieminen, Henna and Pertti Niemistö, Jaakko Numminen, Olli Närvä, Oula Pakkala, Oulu Sculpture Street, Juhani Pallasmaa, F. Pehrman, Leena Peltola, Kari Poutasuo, Raimo Utriainen Art Foundation, Eero Rantanen, Jenny Rapp, Yrjö Rosola, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Eino Rämänen, Saastamoinen Foundation, Sakari Saarikivi, Matti Saarinen, Vexi Salmi, Jaakko Salminen, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Marketta Seppälä, Ulla Shackleton, Henry Tanninen, Jorma Tissari, Aimo Tukiainen, Kalervo Tuukanen, Juha Vakkuri, Olli Valkonen, E.J. Vehmas, Pauli Venäläinen, Matti Viherjuuri, Lauri Viljanen, Ilkka Voionmaa, Jouko Voionmaa, Jukka, Vikberg, Pauli Venäläinen, Daniel Werkmäster and the Finnish Workers’ Educational Association.