Sculpture November1998 Vol.17 No. 9
1998 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards
The International Sculpture Center is proud to present the winners of the 1998 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. This annual award was founded in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture. As part of the award, the artists are presented with a one-year ISC membership, as well as free registration to the ISC’s International Sculpture Conference.
Art departments that are University Level Members of the ISC may nominate one candidate each year for the Student Achievement Award. For more information about University Level Membership and the 1998 nomination process, contact the ISC office at 202.785.1144.
"Human Necessity #5", 1997. Wood, steel, flourescent light, and conduit, 77 x 48 x 54 in.
Shawn Adair describes his installations, which combine steel, wood, velvet, aluminum conduit, and fluorescent light, as “23rd-century medieval.” Light plays a key role in his work, suggesting spirituality, but it is a spirituality powered by blatantly visible electrical devices. Adair has had several one-person shows in Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He is on the Board of Directors of the Crawford County Art Center, Van Buren, Arkansas.
Joel S. Allen
"Just Between Jute and Me", 1997. Steel, twine, and patina.
Joel Allen’s recent work in steel, sometimes combined with contrasting textural materials, allows him to explore new processes. He is particularly interested in creating organic forms from cold industrial materials and basic geometric shapes.
"Cleid I", 1997. Steel, 2 x 24 x 35 in.
David Bailey received his BFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. At the University of Pennsylvania he has taught welding and introductory sculpture classes. His work has been included in several group shows including “Art Now” at the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pennsylvania; “Meandering Objects” at Gallery Korea, New York; and “Works on Paper: Group Invitational” at the SUNY Albany Museum, Albany, New York.
"Untitled", 1997. Unglazed stoneware, 13 x 19 x 16 in.
Fiorenzo Berardozzi received his BFA in sculpture from the University of South Dakota. While still an undergraduate, he worked on two public art commissions. He served as an assistant on Rapid Trout, a large scale outdoor sculpture supported by the Rapid City Arts Council, Dakotah Cement, and grants from the State of South Dakota. Later that year he won a commission for the Monolith Project, joining a group of artists who constructed a topographical landscape of South Dakota’s Black Hills from concrete slabs.
"Placing a Valve", 1997. Grapefruit membranes, steel, and copper, 7 x 3 x 4 ft.
Darlene Farris’s work is motivated by texture, smell, color, historical content, and process. She dips tea bags, dissects grapefruits, maintains plants, and, most recently, she has worked with plastic flower pots, combining them so that they resemble natural landscape forms. Her sculptural installations have been included in several shows and she has received a permanent commission in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. She was also a participant in Calling on Artists: Graduate Students Explore the Artist Vocation, a recently published selection of interviews.
"Rowboat", 1996. Rubber, wood, steel, rawhide and horse yoke, 60 x 120 x 31 in.
Martin Meersman received a BFA in photography from Northern Kentucky University. Before pursuing sculpture, he had several one-person shows of his photographs. His sculptural work has been included in group and juried exhibitions including “Scene/Unseen” at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico.
"Leather Neck Collar", 1997. Mixed media, 20 x 17 x 17 in.
Contradiction plays an important role in Kellie Murphy’s work. She uses a wide variety of materials ranging from plaster, wood, and metal to soap, felt, and silly putty. Over the last year, she has attempted to reduce her forms to the barest essentials, exploring the subtle distinctions between objects that can change the viewer’s experience and interpretation. She has participated in several exhibitions in the Richmond area and has received a Percent-for-Art commission.
"Two", 1997. Rawhide and copper, 24 x 48 in.
Heather Smith received her BFA from Rhode Island College. She was drawn to sculpture because of its physical presence, the relationship that it creates between viewer and object. The rawhide, brass, copper, silicone, paper, hair, and wax that she uses in her work have a direct connection to the body on both a tactile and visceral level. They compose the body metaphorically, but can heal, alter, or harm it as well.
"Life Struggle", 1997. Steel, 7 x 8 x 14 ft.
Ted Springer received his BA from Goshen College in Goshen,
Indiana. This past year, he has participated in several exhibitions, including
“From the Fire” at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. He is also a past recipient
of an Emerging Artist Fellowship supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and
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