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Honoring Aristotle Georgiades

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On May 15, 2014, Aristotle Georgiades, Professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award for 2014. The ceremony presentation was held in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute annual Awards in the Creative Arts reception, which recognizes deserving individuals in the field of student achievement, outreach, faculty research, alumni achievement, and faculty achievement.

Many of Aristotle’s friends, colleagues, former students, and fellow award recipients were there to support and witness him receive the award and congratulate him on his many exceptional achievements of his career as both educator and artist.

Presentation of the award was given by the ISC Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison, who spoke about the importance of the Outstanding Educator Award program and recognizing deserving educator-artists. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments and reconnected with friends and colleagues who have all had the privilege of working with Aristotle. Upon reflecting on receiving the award, Aristotle later mentioned “I am so humbled to receive the educator award. Although many of us work hard to keep a professional career going for me I consider it my job and my responsibility as an artist citizen to help my students”

Aristotle Georgiades was nominated for the Outstanding Educator Award by colleague and former student Dave Beck, who wrote “I take great pride in writing this letter of nomination for Aris Georgiades, who I have had as a mentor, friend, and colleague for the last nine years. I was a studio art graduate student at UW-Madison from 2004-2007, and studied extensively under Aris…What Aris has done with the sculpture department at UW-Madison is nothing short of phenomenal. Due largely in part to his hard work and dedication to the students, the sculpture area continues to be without a doubt the most successful in the UW-Madison Art Department…”

Mr. Georgiades has been a faculty member in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Art since 1999, and has been teaching sculpture since 1993. Professor Georgiades is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He is a sculptor and public artist who works on projects individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Michigan. He has exhibited his sculptural works nationally and internationally for over twenty years including a recent solo show at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago. Professor Georgiades has had many reviews of his work in various publications including Art In America, Sculpture Magazine and The Chicago Tribune.

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 2014 Outstanding Educator Award program resulted in an exceptional number of faculty nominations from thirty-three (33) institutions of higher learning from six (6) countries. The unanimous selection of Aristotle Georgiades 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 Aristotle Georgiades in the October 2014 issue of Sculpture magazine, click here