On Friday, October 26, 2018, Ellen Driscoll, of Bard College, was awarded International Sculpture Centerís (ISC) Outstanding Educator Award for 2018. The ceremony was held at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA to coincide with ISCís 28th International Sculpture Conference.
Ellenís friends, colleagues, and peers, came out to support the Artist/Professor. Unfortunately, Ellen was unable to be present for her award ceremony, so her close friend, Margaret Cogswell accepted the award in her honor. Presentation of the award was given by the ISC Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison & Moore College of Art & Designís Academic Dean, Patti Phillips they each spoke to Ellenís success and inspiration as an outstanding educator. The award ceremony was held during an evening reception at ISCís annual Conference.
"I am extremely honored to receive this award. It is very meaningful to me. When I learned that Barry Beach, who was a student of mine at Rhode Island School of Design in the 1990s, had nominated me for this honor, I felt a lovely small shock of surprise. Because when you have done as much teaching as I have over so many years you can lose a sense of where and whether it is registering. But the fact that Barry recaptured the experience of our class together all those years ago gave me a new perspective on the teaching profession itself. And that is, you put it out there in the classroom, try things, experiment, revise, and without ever knowing in the moment whether any of it will go anywhere you come to realize that your effort can germinate and blossom, sometimes many years later. Teaching is a mysterious process and it keeps you humble..Ē ĖEllen Driscoll
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.
For more information about the Outstanding Educator Award click here.
To read an article about Ellen Driscoll in the October 2018 issue of Sculpture magazine, click here.
Photo: Johannah Hutchison Presenting the awards to patti & Margaret in honor of Ellen