You are holding one of my favorite annual issues of Sculpture. Every October, we highlight the winners of the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. 2009 marked the 15th anniversary of this wonderful program, which was created in 1994 to recognize undergraduate and graduate student excellence in sculpture. This year, 176 sculpture programs from around the world participated, and 441 students were nominated. Their work was judged by a distinguished panel of jurors featuring Jeanne Jaffe, Willie Cole, and David McFadden. They selected 11 winners and 10 honorable mentions.
In addition to having their work profiled in Sculpture and receiving a free ISC membership, Student Award winners participate in an exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) in Hamilton, NJ. This year’s show is on view at GFS, October 10, 2009–January 10, 2010. Winners may also compete for a prestigious residency in Switzerland, sponsored by sculptor Heinz Aeschlimann and arts advocate, collector, and patron Gertrud Aeschlimann. You’ll find short essays from two recent residents on page 80, as well as more information about the Swiss residency program.
As I have mentioned, we have been planning to expand the exhibition component of the program into a multi-venue, national touring exhibition. We have received three very generous grants toward this effort from the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, and the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, and we hope to secure the balance of the funding soon.
In other ISC news: if you are a Sculpture subscriber, but not an ISC member, you might notice something different about this issue. This month, all of our readers are receiving the “members” edition of the magazine, which includes the Insider newsletter featuring opportunities, resources, and member news. If you like what you see, please consider upgrading your subscription to a full ISC membership. All ISC membership levels include a subscription to Sculpture and a host of other useful benefits.
You may have recently seen the news that Sculpture is now available in an on-line digital edition. We hope that this will be a welcome development for readers on the go and anyone else who might consider electronic access a complement to the print edition. Check out the new on-line version of Sculpture today and let us know what you think. Current subscribers and ISC members will receive access to the digital edition without additional charge for a trial period, and those who are not currently subscribers or members can sign up for a three-month free trial of the digital edition.
By the time this issue reaches your hands, many of us will be heading to New Jersey for the ISC’s 2009 Symposium: Strategies for Success in Challenging Times. I hope to see you there. We are also busy preparing for our 2010 London conference (April 7–9, 2010): What is Sculpture in the 21st Century? Our call for papers drew a record response, and this promises to be an exciting ISC event. Save the dates and watch these pages and <www.sculpture.org> for more details.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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