Magazine article Sculpture

Isc: PEOPLE, PLACES, AND EVENTS

Magazine article Sculpture

Isc: PEOPLE, PLACES, AND EVENTS

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2013 OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD PRESENTED TO WAYNE POTRATZ

On April 25, Wayne Potratz, Professor and Scholar of the College at the University of Minnesota, was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Educator Award. More than 100 of his friends, colleagues, and former students came to offer their support, watch him accept the award, and congratulate him on his many exceptional achievements as both educator and artist.

The award was presented by ISC Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison, who spoke about the importance of the Outstanding Educator Award program and the need to recognize deserving artist-educators. She was joined by U of M's Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, James A. Parente, who outlined the attributes that make Potratz so deserving of this award. Many former students and professional colleagues said that Potratz has a giftfor balancing highly rigorous technical training with a conceptual understanding of art and a firm grounding in the history of metal casting across various cultural traditions. Potratz has taught more than 1,600 undergraduate and 600 graduate students in over 152 classes. Former student Meagan Daus spoke about why she nominated him: "He has always been supportive of my goals. He is extremely knowledgeable and able to share that knowledge in a way that inspires others to seek out more." The University of Minnesota was also excited to announce the creation of a Wayne Potratz Scholarship Fund. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments and reconnected with friends and colleagues.

Potratz has been a faculty member in the University of Minnesota's Department of Art since 1969. He was chair of the department from 1985 through 1998 and is currently Professor and Scholar of the College. His work has been exhibited in 30 solo and two-person shows and 340 group exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally since 1964 and is represented in 28 public and corporate collections, in addition to 165 private collections. Potratz is the co-founder of the Interna 2013 OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD PRESENTED TO WAYNE POTRATZ On April 25, Wayne Potratz, Professor and Scholar of the College at the University of Minnesota, was awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Educator Award. More than 100 of his friends, colleagues, and former students came to offer their support, watch him accept the award, and congratulate him on his many exceptional achievements as both educator and artist. The award was presented by ISC Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison, who spoke about the importance of the Outstanding Educator Award program and the need to recognize deserving artist-educators. She was joined by U of M's Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, James A. Parente, who outlined the attributes that make Potratz so deserving of this award. Many former students and professional colleagues said that Potratz has a giftfor balancing highly rigorous technical training with a conceptual understanding of art and a firm grounding in the history of metal casting across various cultural traditions. Potratz has taught more than 1,600 undergraduate and 600 graduate students in over 152 classes. Former student Meagan Daus spoke about why she nominated him: "He has always been supportive of my goals. He is extremely knowledgeable and able to share that knowledge in a way that inspires others to seek out more." The University of Minnesota was also excited to announce the creation of a Wayne Potratz Scholarship Fund. …

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