I would like to begin by recognizing Olga Hirshhorn, the recipient of the International Sculpture Centerís 2012 Patron Award. On February 3, in Naples, Florida, we honored this remarkable woman, who has devoted her life to the appreciation and preservation of art and represents the best qualities of an arts patron. Hirshhorn, who winters in Naples, and whose late husband Joseph H. Hirshhorn was the founding donor
of the museum now bearing the Hirshhorn name in Washington, is an avid collector. She continues to be an active and valued member of the art community.
In business, companies are most successful when they collaborate, increasing productivity, inspiring innovation, and ultimately growing much faster. The same applies to any organization, and our ISConnects program is a classic example of how collaboration impacts success. An exciting collaborative effort pairing the ISC and other arts organizations, ISConnects programming explores unique perspectives on contemporary sculpture. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programs that address cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.
ISConnects has been successful because it offers interesting events that address a broad range of issues impacting sculpture and that appeal to a range of audiences. These programs unlock the potential
of the ISC to be a catalyst for advancing contemporary sculpture. Between September and December 2011, approximately 260 people attended ISConnects panel discussions, exhibition tours, and artist lectures. Organizations such as the Museum of Arts and Design, Grounds For Sculpture, Moore College of Art and Design, and Princeton University have partnered with the ISC to develop innovative programs that appeal to a wide range of audiences.
These programs have produced tremendous results. Audiences enjoyed the smaller-scale events, which allowed more interaction with panelists, speakers, and artists and provided networking opportunities. ISConnects programs feature emerging and established artists, journalists and authors, academics and arts administrators. ISC award winners and other individuals with unique viewpoints on sculpture have also participated.
Our 2012 programs promise to be even more successful. There will be new events at each of the 2011 locations, and additional programs at the National Academy Museum and School in New York City, the Kaneko and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Advance registration for ISConnects programs is required, and tickets can be purchased on-line at www.sculpture.org.
Programs like ISConnects are just some of the ways in which the ISC is striving to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.