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The International Sculpture Center: 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

Magazine article Sculpture

The International Sculpture Center: 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards

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The International Sculpture Center is proud to present the winners of the 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards. This year's program attracted a large number of nominees from university sculpture programs in North America and abroad. From a pool of 354 nominees from 137 schools, the jury selected 15 award recipients and 16 honorable mentions. Jurors for the program were Edith Newhall, art critic for the Philadelphia inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Doug Schatz, Professor of Sculpture at the State University of New York, Potsdam, New York; and Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey. This annual award was founded in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture, as well as to recognize the award recipients' faculty sponsors and their institutions. The 15 award recipients will participate in an exhibition at Belger Crane Yards Studio in Kansas City, which opens October 2017; the show will then travel to an additional location, to be determined, during winter 2017. Two of this year's winners, Shawn Creeden and Nooshin Hakim Javadi, have also been awarded a six-week residency at Grounds For Sculpture. Visit for updates.

Sculpture departments of universities, colleges, and art schools with current ISC University Level Memberships are eligible for the program and may nominate up to three students currently enrolled in a sculpture program. For more information about University Level Membership and the 2018 nomination process, contact the ISC Membership Department at 609-689-1051, x301 or e-mail . To read more about the ISC Student Awards program, visit .

James Bernard Cole

Maryland Institute College of Art

Faculty Sponsor: Maren Hassinger

Stemming from everyday observations of my surroundings, I make sculptures that react to the decisions we make individually and socially in an attempt to influence our longevity and quality of life. The materials that I use contour to these safety concerns, finding ways to engage them in unusual spaces and aiming to spark conversations about risk-taking and playing it safe. Regardless of how Merriam-Webster defines them, I have focused my work on safety and security.

Nicholas Cox

University of Arkansas

Faculty Sponsor: Bethany Springer

I place viewers in sculptural situations that critique the difference between realism and escapism. My objects, performances, and video installations pose paradoxical relationships, including authentic artifice, misled mindfulness, and trivial transcendence. Under faux finishes, used drums, road cases, microphones, and old shoes combine with bricks, mortar, scrap wood, and steel. My approach to experiential art arises from a love of musical performance and its creative collaboration. Challenges keep the body in a state of heightened urgency; I use that urgency to promote laughter and introspection.

Shawn Creeden

Portland State University

Faculty Sponsor: Erik Geschke

My found-object assemblage sculptures and plant maintenance rituals are driven by my beliefs about the sanctity and autonomy of the non-human world. Semi-fictional ecosystems incorporating living and non-living materials emerge from the chaos of the studio. These imagined worlds range from immersive, responsive installations and discrete sculptures to intimate, one-on-one interactions designed to expand knowledge and enthusiasm. I use my practice to examine the origins and manifestations of my sensitivity to the natural world while challenging human hubris in relation to wilderness, conservation, and nature.

Shane Darwent

University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Faculty Sponsor: Robert Platt

My practice mines the suburban vernacular for significance. Using generic stucco, pea gravel, and vinyl siding, I study how we organize our surroundings into curated, hyperreal gardens. …

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