23 No. 8
publication of the International Sculpture Center
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Membership is the
lifeblood of the ISC. We exist to serve our members, and, in turn, we
rely on a growing membership base to fund the services that the ISC offers.
We are pleased to announce that Johannah Hutchison has joined our staff
as membership coordinator. She will immediately develop a five-year membership
plan focusing on a new benefits package and specific ways to increase
membership. Johannah is experienced in all aspects of membership, and,
to add icing to the cake, she loves sculpture. Feel free to send her a
note at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any ideas for her.
One of the key ways to increase membership is through affiliation with
regional sculpture organizations. In early June, we signed a preliminary
affiliation agreement with ISC Europe. In July, Mary Catherine Johnson
and I visited a new Chicago area group. We had a great evening thanks
to the hospitality of ISC Board member Mary OShaughnessy and her
husband Charlie VanGuilder. Bob Emser, the principal organizing member
of Chicago Sculpture International, reports that almost 50 members were
signed up that night and that the number of sculptors in that area exceeds
1,500exciting stuff for the Chicago group and the ISC. See page
80 for more information about this new affiliation.
Our 2004 student
awards are featured in this issue. We are extremely proud to sponsor these
awards together with Grounds For Sculpture: it is very important to identify
and celebrate the next generation of sculptors. Students apply for this
recognition through numerous university sculpture programs. We thank all
those faculty members for partnering with the ISC to encourage the participation
of a growing number of students each year.
The ISC has scheduled two important events this fall. By the time this
issue reaches you, we will have just completed our Spiral Jetty Weekend.
Together with the Salt Lake Art Center, we planned this trip to afford
interested members the opportunity to experience Robert Smithsons
Spiral Jetty first hand. We thank ISC Vice Chairman Josh Kanter and SLAC
director Ric Collier for putting this fantastic experience together. Looking
ahead, on Halloween weekend, we will hold two events in New Orleans: the
Fall Sculpture Symposium and the Patron Recognition Gala honoring Sydney
and Walda Besthoff. Both of these events have limited space, so visit
our Web site www.sculpture.org
for more details and contact us today if you wish to attend.
One of the ways that artists support the ISC is through contributions
to a sculpture collection that we in turn sell, with the proceeds going
to fund ISC programs. I want to thank former ISC Chairman and current
Board member John Henry for not only organizing this years Backyard
Collection but for also contributing the first work. Other contributing
artists include Fletcher Benton, Bernar Venet, and ISC Board members Russ
RuBert and James Surls. We thank you all for the substantial commitment
that you have made to the ISC. Please visit our Web site <www.sculpture.org>
to view this wonderful collection.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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