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International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award Gala Honoring Joel Shapiro

The International Sculpture Center presented artist Joel Shapiro with the 24th Annual Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award on April 15, 2015 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. Friends, family, and patrons of the arts community came together to celebrate the life and exemplary career of Joel Shapiro at this gala event.

The International Sculpture Center was honored to welcome Richard Shiff, art historian and Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, as a speaker that provided guests with both an art historical and personal perspective on the guest of honor. Shiff said, upon making his remarks, “Why does Joel’s art feel young? In the studio, he is still the unruly child, messing things up, pulling things apart, putting things together again. What’s important is his utter physical freedom which corresponds to his emotional freedom…[encompassing] all human feelings from the familiar to the uncanny. It is uncanny to witness a lifetime of achievement that is still only beginning. For this, Joel, thank you”.

Joel Shapiro accepted his award with thanks and appreciation to his many friends in the audience and was met with cheers from guests upon accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening closed with smiles and congratulations as guests gathered around the artist to offer their personal congratulations on his career and exemplary achievements.

Those in attendance included established artists, arts patrons, emerging artists, and arts administrators who came to show support for an artist whom they admire. The evening included an Art Benefit Sale hosted by Paddle8, featuring works by established and emerging artists.

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and showed their support for this most deserving artist.

The International Sculpture Center’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Joel Shapiro was sponsored and supported by Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, Carol Feuerman, Ree and Jun Kaneko, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Joshua S. Kanter, and Andrew Rogers. We would also like to give a special thank you to Paddle8 and all of the artists who generously donated artwork and made our Art Benefit Auction possible.

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