23 No. 7
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There is much news
to report this month. First, Maria Pallante-Hyun has decided to resign
as Director and President of the ISC and to return to the Guggenheim,
a position she had difficulty leaving. In departing, she expressed pride
in having been affiliated with the ISC, albeit for a short period of time,
and she has the highest regard and hopes for our organization. We were
disappointed that she arrived at this decisiondisappointed but not
We remain committed to take the time necessary to search again for the
perfect person to lead the ISC. Recent experience taught us much about
the characteristics essential to leading the ISC to an entirely new level.
At the top of that list is superb leadership. We need someone who can
communicate to both our members and the broader art world, someone to
develop new resources for the ISC and to manage our financial affairs
conservatively. We once again ask for your ideas. If you know of a qualified
individual please e-mail me at RDuncan@sculpture.org
with the name, a brief background, and contact information.
The ISC office remains under the able leadership of our Associate Director
Mary Catherine Johnson. To strengthen and provide support to Mary Catherine
your Board has asked Board Member Josh Kanter to assume the role of Vice-Chairman.
Josh and I will work together to support Mary Catherine and the staff
until a new full-time leader is on board.
John Young has served as ISC Vice-Chairman for many years. He has been
a rock-solid part of the ISC team and a terrific support for me. John
has stayed on as Vice-Chair at my specific request for the last two years,
and will now be stepping down. There is no way that we can thank him enough
for all that he has contributed to the ISC over the years. But the good
news is that John will continue as an ISC Board member and member of the
Executive Committee, and we will continue to seek his advice and council.
In early June six ISC Board members attended the launch of the ISC-E,
a new organization committed to supporting the ISC while developing special
programs and initiatives specific to Europe. It was a great weekend of
art and friendship in Berlin. The ISC looks forward to working closely
with the ISC-E as it undertakes a major effort to recruit new European
members. Please see page 80 for photos and details.
The 2004 Student Awards program is shaping up as our best ever. We had
a record number of submissions, and the jury has chosen 22 winners and
10 honorable mentions. The winners work will be exhibited at Grounds
for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, October 9, 2004May 1, 2005.
I want to thank the record number of university sculpture programs and
their faculty who nominated their top students. I also want to thank Grounds
For Sculpture for once again partnering with the ISC to make this program
The next 18 months will be the most exciting and event-filled time for
the ISC in memory. We invite you to join us for as many of these activities
as possible. For more information please visit <www.sculpture.org>.
Here is a brief recap of what is ahead: Spiral Jetty Weekend in Salt Lake
City (September 1718, 2004); Fall Sculpture Symposium & Patron
Gala Honoring Sydney & Walda Besthoff in New Orleans (October 2931,
2004); the 20th International Sculpture Conference in Cincinnati (June
611, 2005); and the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala Honoring
Magdalena Abakanowicz in New York City (October 20, 2005).
I have said it before but it bears repeatingthe ISC is a solid organization
with a great future. Membership is growing, and your Board is strong and
fully engaged. This is your organizationtell us how we can improve
and what we can do to serve you better.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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