Certainly one of the most exciting and engaging events of the ISC experience is our annual gala. This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award marks its 21st year, and we are honoring Fernando Botero, who has touched the lives of many with his paintings and sculptures. We will be celebrating his life and work at Tribeca Three-Sixty in New York City on October 26, 2012.
Certainly Botero exemplifies the criteria of the ISCís Lifetime Achieve?ment Award. He is a master of sculptural processes and has devoted his successful career to the development of a laudable body of sculptural work while advancing the field as a whole. Best known for his paintings and sculptures of inflated human and animal shapes, Botero
is an incredible artist. Like our first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Louise Bourgeois, in 1991 through Frank Stella last year, Botero continues our tradition of honoring people of incredible talent.
Recognizing Botero will be the highlight of the evening, but the Lifetime Achievement Award Gala provides many other great benefits to the ISC and its members. Most importantly, it is one of our most
significant fundraising activities of the year. All proceeds are used to support ISC membership programs. Your attendance will allow the ISC
to continue its long tradition of advancing contemporary sculpture around the world.
I would also like to note the ISCís continued success in recognizing and encouraging student artists. In 1994, the ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. This year, 12 students will receive our prestigious award. They were selected from a record number of participating institutionsó174 universities, colleges, and art school sculpture programs from six countries.
This year, 434 students participated in the program, and it is amazing to see what these young sculptors have already accomplished. The ISCís student awards program not only recognizes and rewards the students, it also draws attention to sculpture programs at the participating institutions. Our reach as an advocate for sculptors increases every year through this program. Congratulations students.