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View PREVIOUS WINNERS | 2018 Application Information

Nominations Open
January 1, 2018
Due March 14, 2018
Due March 28, 2018
Due April 11, 2018


The ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.

The Student Awards program is organized by the ISC and is sponsored in part by Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann, Doris and Donald Fisher, Grounds for Sculpture, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


All current University members can nominate up to three (3) enrolled students working towards a BA, BFA or MFA.

If you are unsure about the status of your membership, please contact us at 609.689.1051 x 301 or email


Student Award Recipients Receive the Following:

  • Inclusion in a Fall/Winter Exhibition (location and dates TBD).
  • A feature article recognizing the student winners, faculty sponsors and schools in Sculpture magazine.
  • A chance to win a fully sponsored residency in Switzerland and study with world-renowned sculptor, Heinz Aeschlimann.
  • A chance to win a fully sponsored summer residency at Grounds For Sculpture
  • A complimentary one-year membership to the ISC, which includes a subscription to Sculpture magazine, access to online opportunities and a free online portfolio listing.
  • An award certificate and recognition letter from the ISC, signed by the Executive Director and Chair of the ISC Board of Trustees.


    Information for Faculty Sponsors:

    Faculty Sponsors can submit up to three (3) nominees per school, and must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT NOMINATION FORM by March 28, 2018. Students must be currently enrolled.

    Students cannot apply for award. They must first be nominated by faculty/school.

    Information for Student Nominees:

    Following the nomination, each student must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT SUBMISSION FORM including their School/University's ISC membership number and the following required documentation:
    - Up to three (3) high resolution images and/or videos (see rules below) of the submitted artwork
    - A current resume (not to exceed 400 words)
    - An artist statement (not to exceed 400 words)
    Each student nominated must submit all required documentation via the online submission form by April 11, 2018.


    Students can submit 1 - 3 pieces as long as the (3) image limit is not exceeded.


  • High Resolution (at least 300dpi) images of your work are required.
  • Single image only - no multiple images/composite.
  • No people in photographs unless relevant to artwork.


    Video clips are allowed for kinetic sculptures, performance documentation and 4-D (sound and time based media) submissions only.

  • All video files must be submitted in WMV (.WMV) format:
    There are many free, online file conversion services that can transfer files to wmv format (E.G. -
  • Limit all video lengths to 30 seconds each.
  • All video files must be named in the following format:
    Last name, First Initial of student artist_Title of work
    (E.G. -Smith,J_TitleofWork)
  • Any video submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be excluded from jury review.
  • Video clips will count as one (1) of your three (3) allowed images.


  • Each sculpture submitted must be available for exhibition and for the duration of the traveling exhibition, through 2019.
  • Each piece chosen MUST be properly crated/packaged for cross country travel.
  • In the event that an award recipient’s work is unable to be accommodated by the venue for the traveling exhibit, the ISC reserves the right to exclude said work from the traveling exhibit. All reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate the specific award-winning artwork and/or to work with the artist to identify an alternative artwork for inclusion in the traveling exhibition.


  • Works submitted by nominated students must be completed, not in developmental stages.
  • Artwork must be able to endure a year long exhibition with no maintenance requirements..
  • There will be no substitution of artwork for any Student Award program exhibitions unless requested.
  • The specific artwork(s) selected by the jury must be available for exhibition.
  • All selected artwork must be properly packaged/crated for travel by artist.
  • Artwork size maximum is 10ft/3m in any direction.

  • The ISC reserves the right to decline entries from schools deemed inappropriate for this program, or from students who are no longer enrolled.

    Top Row (from left to right): • Corey Pickett, Ray Gun, 2016. Wood, foam, fabric, 48" X 27" • Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Life is the aggregation of all moments of desires, 2017. Two identical airplane wings in two different forms 25.6 ft • Nicholas Cox, Look at me look at me, 2016. Plywood, drum hardware, pink paint, carpet, 13" dia. X 8' circ. drum, resting 4' high, on a 5' diameter carpet • Jeremy Nuttall, A Friend, 2017. Steel, 72" X 32" X 4" Bottom Row (from left to right): • Cassidy Frye, Won't Let You Leave, 2017. Moving blankets, cast iron, steel, 50" X 36" X 24" • Monroe Isenberg, Mach XXIII, 2016. Wood and steel, 18' X 25' x 5' (variable) • Andrew Newell, Vertical Swamp Shack, 2016. Wood, cardboard, plastic, metal, fabric, resin, paper, and polychrome. 45" X 26" X 26"