Albert Wein showed much promise by winning awards early in his career beginning with an honorable mention for his sculpture Family Group in 1933 and second place for his Jesus Is Entombed from the Beaux-Arts Institute‘s Paris Prize competition.
In 1942 he won the National Sculpture Society‘s Mrs. Louis Bennett Prize for his sculpture Banishment from Eden and was elected membership to the Society. Later that same year he won the society’s Lindsey Morris Prize for his design of the Herbert Adams Memorial Medal. Two years later he won the Architectural League’s Henry O. Avery Prize for Horizons, a sculpture carved of cherry wood. In the early 1950′s, his Resurrection was awarded the society’s second prize in the ecclesiastical sculpture exhibition. In 1976, the Society awarded him the Henry Hering Medal for his work on the Libby Dam.
In 1947, Wein received from the American Academy in Rome one of the most prestigious awards that he would ever be given, the Prix de Rome. The fellowship allowed him to study in Rome and was renewed the following year. Wein also won every major award given at the National Academy and the National Sculpture Society.
The Tiffany Foundation Grant was given to Wein in 1949 for his submission Demeter. In 1955, Wein won a fellowship from the Huntington Hartford Foundation.
In 1974, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design and won several awards there including the 1978 Certificate of Merit for his model of the Libby Dam relief.
In the 1980s he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation grant for study in Bellagio, Italy. During his illustrious career he won every award that a sculptor could win. Few artists have experimented and been able to marry both the Classicism and Modernism so wonderfully.
His notable and varied exhibition history including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney, support the recognition of his unique ability to master the human form in any material, whether it be bronze, wood, or terracotta.
He left behind a legacy of spectacular works that have universal appeal because of his unique ability to forge a union between centuries of artistic style. Gordon Friedlander – friend and former 21st president of the National sculpture society stated eloquently: “Albert’s work will live on and will endure. These sculptures have already passed the test of time – the true measure of the worth of all creative people.”
Partial list of Awards:
- Atlantic Terracotta Competition, 1934
- Metropolitan Life Insurance Competition, 1938
- Municipal AG, NYC, 1938, 1st prize
- National Academy of Design, 1940-42, 1978-80, 1982, 1983, 1989
- Whitney Museum of Art 1945, 1950
- Museum of Modern Art 1944, 1951
- Architectural League 1942-1946
- National Sculpture Society 1941, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989
- Prix de Rome, American Academy, Rome 1947-1948
- Tiffany Foundation Fellowship 1949
- Huntington Hartford Foundation Fellowship 1955
- Libby Dam Competition 1973