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Honoring Mary Bates Neubauer

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On November 5, Mary Bates Neubauer, Professor of Art at Arizona State University, was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s prestigious Outstanding Educator Award for 2015. Many of Mary’s friends, colleagues, former students, and fellow award recipients were there to celebrate and congratulate her on her many exceptional achievements as both an educator and an artist.

The ceremony coincided with ISC’s 25th International Sculpture Conference in Phoenix Arizona and was held at ASU’s Step Gallery at Grant Street Studios, which also hosted a special opening of the traveling 2014 ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition. Mary received her award from ISC Executive Director Johannah Hutchison, who spoke about the importance of the Outstanding Educator Award program and its recognition of deserving educator-artists. A few of Mary’s students honored her before she accepted the award. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments and reconnected with friends and colleagues, many of whom had the privilege of working with Mary.

Mary was nominated by former student Katie Hovencamp who wrote “Mary has been an incredible teacher and artist who has been paramount to my development as an artist. Her ability to nurture and push students to be their best while considering their individual growth was amazing to witness as a student.”

Mary has been a faculty member in at Arizona State University since 1996, and has been teaching sculpture since 1981. She has shown her work widely, and she has completed many public art projects in the western states, including interactive sculptural works. In the past 5 years, her sculptures and digital images have appeared in national and international exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Beijing, and Adelaide. Working at the intersection of art and science.

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 2015 Outstanding Educator Award program resulted in an exceptional number of faculty nominations from twenty-four (24) institutions of higher learning from four (4) countries. The unanimous selection of Mary Bates Neubauer 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 Mary Neubauer in the October 2015 issue of Sculpture magazine, click here