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Honoring Winifred Lutz

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On June 15, 2012, Winifred Lutz, Professor Emerita from Temple Universityís Tyler School of Art, was awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Centerís Outstanding Educator Award for 2012. More than 70 of Winifredís friends, colleagues, former students and supporters came to witness her receive the award and congratulate her on the many exceptional achievements of her career as both educator and artist.

Presentation of the award was given by Lutzís friend and ISC Board of Trusteeís member, Paul Hubbard, who shared humorous remarks about the guidance he received from Winifred upon his arrival to Philadelphia many years ago, while outlining the attributes that make Winifred so deserving of this award.

Winifred taught Sculpture from 1968 to 2008, at Aquinas College, Yale School of Art, and finally at Tyler School of Art. Winifredís teaching emphasizes the importance of developing a lifelong working practice that embodies active comprehensive attention in the world. Her site-integrated installations and permanent public projects are known for their remarkable sensitivity to each site, and for how they reveal the discrete history of a place. Lutz is also recognized as a primary innovator in the field of hand papermaking as an art form. She has lectured nationally and internationally on her unique paper casting methods.

The ISC established the Outstanding Educator Award program in 1996 to recognize individual artist-educators who have excelled at teaching sculpture in institutions of higher learning. An exemplary career combining personal studio practice and measurable academic performance form the evaluative basis of this award. The 2012 Outstanding Educator Award program marks the first time that public nominations were accepted for the Outstanding Educator Award program. This new process proved successful and resulted in a record number of faculty nominations from thirty-seven (37) institutions of higher learning from six (6) countries. The selection of Winifred Lutz as the award recipient was made from this large pool of applicants and is a testament to the dedication and excellence demonstrated by this artist/educator.

For more information about the Outstanding Educator Award, click here.

To read an article about Winifred Lutz in the January/February 2013 issue of Sculpture magazine, click here.