As I begin my term as Chairman of the International Sculpture Center Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Chair Josh Kanter for his hard work and dedication over the last eight years. As Board Chair, Josh initiated and led the strategic planning process that will provide a roadmap for the ISC for years to come.
He was also instrumental in overseeing the review and update of the organization’s bylaws and policy manual. His forward-thinking approach will impact the ISC far into the future. Josh will continue to serve on the Board for another year and will be heading its Development Committee.
Two retiring Board members also deserve recognition for their service to the ISC. Patricia Meadows, an active and engaged member, has served as Board Secretary since 2008. Albert Paley, who has served on the ISC Board for nine years, provided leadership and guidance on a variety of critical issues. Their departures will certainly leave a void. Sincere thanks to both Patricia and Albert for their service, and we look forward to their continued support of the organization.
This is an exciting time for the ISC, and without question, the future looks bright. Our strategic plan outlines multi-year goals for program development, membership benefits, enhanced Web services, exciting events, and, of course, continued excellent publications.
Through all of these new goals and improved programs, we continue to focus on our mission: expand public understanding and appreciation of sculpture internationally; demonstrate the power of sculpture to educate and effect social change; engage artists and art professionals in a dialogue to advance the art form; and promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors.
I would also like to share some brief information about myself. My wife, Kathy, and I reside in Lincoln, Nebraska, and have two daughters, Katie and Kassy. We have been collectors and active supporters of the arts for a long time and have been involved in numerous arts organizations, including the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln. We enjoy collecting and living with art, and we especially enjoy working with young emerging artists to help build their careers.
We have a busy and productive year ahead of us. I look forward to serving as your Board Chair and to sharing ISC news and accomplishments with you in future letters. Working together, we will continue to create a more effective and vibrant ISC.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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