International Sculpture Center

   
OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD

The International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award is presented to individuals who have effectively and passionately communicated the knowledge and personal experience gained through the creation of their own work to countless number of students throughout their career. Candidates for this award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the education of the next generation and to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Nominations for the Outstanding Educator Award will be accepted each year, beginning in September. Submission are not limited to U.S. participants, international submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

2014   Aristotle Georgiades, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
  Aris Georgiades is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He is a sculptor and public artist who works on projects individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Michigan. In addition to the public art projects, he makes smaller-scale sculptures using salvaged building materials and objects. These often relate to issues of adaptability and the changing nature of work, and ask questions about usefulness and ambition. He has exhibited his sculptural works nationally and internationally for over twenty years including a recent solo show at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago. Professor Georgiades has had many reviews of his work in various publications including Art In America, Sculpture magazine and The Chicago Tribune, and currently resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Past Winners
2013   Wayne E. Potratz, of the University of Minnesota, MN
  Wayne E. Potratz (MA 1966, University of California, Berkeley) has been a faculty member in the University of Minnesota's Department of Art since 1969. He was Chair of the department from 1985-1998 and is currently Professor and Scholar of the College. His work has been exhibited in 30 one-person or two-person exhibitions and 340 group exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally since 1964; and is represented in 28 public and corporate collections and 165 private collections. He was the Co-founder of the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and has an extensive record of lectures, workshops, and professional service since 1966.


2012   Winifred Lutz, of Tyler School of Art, PA
  Winifred Lutz (MFA 1968, Cranbrook Academy of Art) taught Sculpture from 1968 to 2008, at Aquinas College, Yale School of Art, and finally at Tyler School of Art. Winifred’s teaching emphasizes the importance of developing a lifelong working practice that embodies active comprehensive attention in the world. Her site-integrated installations and permanent public projects are known for their remarkable sensitivity to each site, and for how they reveal the discrete history of a place. Winifred is also known as a primary innovator in the field of hand papermaking as an art form.


2009   Ron Pederson, of Aquinas College, MN
  Ron Pederson (MFA 1977, University of Minnesota, Sculpture) has taught at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI since 1982. He has served as the Resident Faculty/Director for the Aquinas College Semester in Ireland program, and has exhibited his work worldwide, including in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Australia. Pederson periodically collaborates with his wife, poet Miriam Pederson, in exhibitions, and together they teach a course at Aquinas where Pederson currently serves as Art Department Chairperson.


2005
  Edward Mayer, of the University at Albany, NY
 

Edward Mayer received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mayer began teaching sculpture in 1970 at Ohio University in Athens, and has continued to teach (since 1983) at the State University of New York, Albany, where he heads the Sculpture Department. His temporary, site-specific installations deal with notions of structure, permanence, and form in sculpture.


2003
  Patricia Renick, of the University of Cincinnati, OH
 

Patricia Renick was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1932 and taught at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art for 31 years. Affectionately nicknamed “Mother Art,” she was a tireless advocate for art students and young artists, changing and affecting countless lives throughout her career. Renick was also well known for her commitment to the Cincinnati art community and her dedication to advancing the position of women artists and feminist works in the art world.


2001
  Joseph Seipel, of Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

Joseph Siepel taught at Virginia Commonwealth University for 27 years and was the chair of the Department of Sculpture for 16 years. VCU’s graduate sculpture program is ranked among the nation’s top five, and the School of the Arts is ranked in the top 20, according to U.S. News & World Report. In 2001, Siepel became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies for the School of the Arts. He has continued to be involved in the graduate sculpture program.


2000 Morio Shinoda, of the University of Tsukuba, Japan
 

Morio Shinoda taught in the Plastic Arts and Mixed Media Department at the University of Tsukuba for 15 years, beginning in 1979. He also taught art in the Department of Education at the University of Nagasaki for two years. Under his devoted guidance, many of his students have become unique and successful artists. Some have become well known nationally and internationally, including Tsunekazu Ishihara, (the creator of “Pokemon”), Takamasa Kuniyasu, Daizaburo Harada, Toshio Iwai, Toshihiko Okabe, and Nobumichi Tosa (Meiwa Denki).


1998   Julius Schmidt, of The University of Iowa, IA
    Born in 1923 in Stamford, Connecticut, Julius Schmidt received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. His work has been shown in galleries all across the U.S. Julius was the head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Iowa from 1970 - 1993. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa.

1996   George Beasley, of Georgia State University, GA
 

George Beasley joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in 1970, after receiving a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As the head of the sculpture area and the School’s graduate advisor, Beasley believes effective teaching to be an outgrowth of studio/apprentice practice. He stresses the idea of teaching by example using the production of almost all of his own work in school studios as a vehicle to demonstrate concepts and processes. Beasley is known for his work in iron and spectacular iron-pour performances.