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View PREVIOUS WINNERS | 2012 Application Information

Nominations Open
January 1, 2012
University Membership Form
March 16, 2012
Online Student Nomination Form
March 23, 2012
Online Student Submission Form
April 13, 2012


The ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.

The Student Awards program is organized by the ISC and is sponsored in part by Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann; Grounds For Sculpture; and Johnson Art and Education Foundation; and the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation.


Only educational institutions with current ISC University Level Memberships are eligible to submit student nominations Each school can nominate up to three (3) students.

If your school needs to join the ISC or renew an ISC University Level Membership, please fill out the University Membership Form and return by mail with payment or join/renew online. There are no additional fees to participate in the Student Awards program.

If you are unsure about the status of your membership, please contact us at 609.689.1051 x 301 or email

Nominees must be students working towards a BA, BFA, MFA or certificate from an established and reputable art school. The ISC reserves the right to decline entries from schools deemed inappropriate for this program.


Student Award Recipients Receive the Following:

  • Inclusion in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey.
  • Photograph(s) of the artistís award-wining work and accompanying artist statement published in Sculpture magazine and on the ISCís website. Online and print recognition will also include the names of the faculty sponsor and the nominating institution.
  • A chance to win a Residency in Switzerland to study with world-renowned sculptor Heinz Aeschlimann.
  • A one-year ISC membership, including subscriptions to both Sculpture magazine and the ISC members-only supplements Insider and On Record, featuring job listings, calls for artists, member accomplishments and more!
  • Insurance coverage for art work during the group exhibition. Shipping coverage will be determined on an individual basis.
  • Inclusion in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013, color exhibition brochure published by Grounds For Sculpture.
  • A listing in Portfolio, the ISC's online registry of sculptors at
  • An opportunity to participate in the traveling Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards exhibition, hosted by an esteemed arts organization in a location TBD. (Details to follow)
  • Discounts on ISC sponsored conferences, art periodicals, supplies and services.
  • An award certificate and recognition letter from the ISC, signed by the Executive Director and Chair of the ISC Board of Trustees.
  • Invitations for student and faculty to attend Grounds For Sculpture's private opening reception and Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award ceremony.

  • Educational Institutions of Awardees Will Receive the Following:

  • Recognition in Sculpture magazine in conjunction with the student awardeesí art work and artist statement.
  • Invitation to spotlight the institutionís program(s) on the ISCís website, which receives over 100,000 hits daily!


    Information for Faculty Sponsors:

    Faculty Sponsors can submit up to three (3) nominees per school, and must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT NOMINATION FORM by March 23, 2012.

    Information for Student Nominees

    Following the nomination, each student must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT SUBMISSION FORM including their School/University's ISC membership number and the following required documentation:
    - Up to three (3) images of the submitted artwork
    - A current resume (not to exceed 1 page)
    - An artist statement (not to exceed 1 page)
    Each student nominated must submit all required documentation via the online submission form by April 13, 2012.



  • High Resolution (at least 200dpi) images of your work are required.


    Video clips are allowed for kinetic sculptures, performance documentation and 4-D (sound and time based media) submissions only.

  • All video files must be submitted in MP4 (MPEG-4) format:
    There are many free, online file conversion services that can transfer files to mp4 format (E.G. - ).
  • Limit all video lengths to 30 seconds each.
  • Submit only 1 video clip for each sculpture submitted.
  • All video files must be named in the following format:
    Last name, First Initial of student artist_Title of work
    (E.G. -Smith,J_TitleofWork)
  • Any video submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be excluded from jury review.


  • Each sculpture submitted must be available for exhibition and for the duration of the traveling exhibition, through 2013.
  • In the event that an award recipientís work is unable to be accommodated by the venue for the traveling exhibit, the ISC reserves the right to exclude said work from the traveling exhibit. All reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate the specific award-winning artwork and/or to work with the artist to identify an alternative artwork for inclusion in the traveling exhibition.


  • Works submitted by nominated students must be completed, not in developmental stages.
  • Site specific installations must be adaptable to Grounds For Sculpture's gallery space.
  • Artwork must be able to endure a year long exhibition with no maintenance requirements.
  • Artwork size maximum is 10 ft/3m in any direction.
  • There will be no substitution of artwork for any Student Award program exhibitions.
  • The specific artwork(s) selected by the jury must be the works available for exhibition.