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From the Chairman

Excitement continues to build for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award gala, when the International Sculpture Center will honor Frank Stella. The event will be held Tuesday, April 26, at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

This will be the 20th year that the ISC has recognized an outstanding sculptor, beginning with Louise Bourgeois in 1991. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of sculptural work as well as to the advancement of the field of sculpture as a whole.

The winners represent a diverse arrange of styles and formal interests, from the psychologically penetrating figures of Magdalena Abakanowicz and George Segal to the powerful abstract forms of Anthony Caro and Eduardo Chillida, to the evocative outdoor interventions of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the technologically prescient assemblages of Nam June Paik. As you can see, Stella’s selection continues our tradition of honoring people of incredible talent. An accomplished sculptor, painter, author, costume designer, architect, educator, and muralist, he defines our goal of recognizing individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field.

In addition to celebrating the winner of the ISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the gala is our most important fundraising event of the year. One hundred percent of the money is used to support ISC membership programs. This year’s gala will be outstanding. I would especially like to acknowledge our speakers, Adam Weinberg, Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Ken Tyler, master printer, publisher, arts educator, and longtime friend of Stella. I would also like to thank Ann Freedman of the Freedman Art Gallery for her many contributions to this event. Your attendance will benefit the ISC greatly and provide you with a wonderful and memorable evening. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

In this month’s Postscript (page 72), we are highlighting the 2010 Student Awards program. This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievements of young sculptors and encourages them to pursue careers in the field. Winners are featured in an article in Sculpture every October, and their work is also presented in a traveling exhibition. The 2010 Student Award exhibition opened at Grounds For Sculpture last year and is now on view at the Salt Lake Art Center through June 30. We would like to thank everyone who supported another exciting and successful year of this valuable program, and we are all looking forward to the start of the 2011 Student Awards cycle.

I hope to see you at the ISC gala in April.

—Marc LeBaron
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors


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