This is one of the most exciting times of the year for the International Sculpture Center. Of the many ways that we support the field of sculpture, two of the most important are to encourage and support talented young artists and to recognize the educators who guide them along the way. Recently 12 students were selected for the ISCís 2013 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. This issue features their work, beginning on p. 56. Earlier this year, we honored Wayne Potratz, Professor and Scholar at the University of Minnesota, with the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award for 2013. This issue also includes an interview with him on p. 50.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the distinguished jurors of this yearís Student Achievement Awards. Our appreciation goes out to Drew Goerlitz, sculptor and Associate Professor of Sculpture at SUNY Plattsburgh; Elizabeth Neilson, Director, Zabludowicz Collection, London; and Rein Triefeldt, sculptor, New Jersey.
The ISCís student and educator award programs are only two examples of our commitment to emerging artistic talent. We all have an interest in the future of sculpture, and that is why we have made it our mission to encourage young artists to pursue their dreams.
At the ISC, we take great pleasure in our ability to promote a supportive environment for sculpture education. Our programs encourage rising talent and draw attention to university and college sculpture departments. This investment in the future makes us feel good and is one of the best things we do.