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– The International Sculpture Center has chosen Manuel Neri as the recipient of its 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at the Tribeca Rooftop, located at Two Desbrosses Street (between Greenwich Street and Hudson Street) in New York City. An exhibition of Neri’s bronze sculptures will open at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ on Saturday, October 7, 2006.

An internationally renowned sculptor, Neri is known primarily for his life-size figurative sculptures cast in plaster, bronze, and marble. During the 1950s and 60s, Neri was closely associated with the Bay Area figurative movement. Since 1972, Neri has worked with the same model, Mary Julia Klimenko, creating drawings and plaster figures that merge contemporary sculptural concerns with classical forms. The anatomical skill of Neri’s work recalls that of Rodin, Giacometti and Degas. The fragility of his works in plaster ultimately led Neri to cast some pieces in bronze, which then became a vehicle for color to emphasize surface and form.

Each year, the International Sculpture Center selects a leading sculptor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of sculptural work, as well as to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Past recipients of the award include Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Catlett, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Christo & Jeanne Claude, Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Gio Pomodoro, Robert Rauschenberg, George Rickey, George Segal and Kenneth Snelson.


Born in 1930 in Sanger, California, Neri lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. His widely acclaimed plaster, bronze, and marble sculptures have earned him numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture. In 1990, Neri retired from the University of California, Davis, where he taught since 1965. He also has a studio in Carrara, Italy, where he spends several months each year creating sculptures in marble.


The International Sculpture Center is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, creation, and understanding of sculpture and its unique contributions to society. Founded in 1961 and incorporated in 1978 as a member-supported group, the ISC seeks to educate the public about contemporary sculpture through its progressive educational and community outreach program initiatives, conferences and symposia. The ISC presents an annual Lifetime Achievement Award to an extraordinary sculptor, as well as grants the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards to recognize talented undergraduate and graduate students.

For more than 20 years, the ISC has published Sculpture magazine, the premier publication dedicated to the field of contemporary three-dimensional art. With a circulation of more than 300,000, Sculpture magazine features interviews with emerging and internationally renowned artists, commentary on social and political issues inherent in contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and more.