For the third time since the ISC introduced its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991, we will be honoring two sculptors in one year. This month we are proud to announce that the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to world-renowned sculptors Nancy Holt and Beverly Pepper at the 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala.
ISC’s Board of Trustees established the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of work, as well as to the advancement of the field as a whole. Holt and Pepper join a long list of distinguished artists honored by the International Sculpture Center. Last year, Fernando Botero, who has touched the lives of many people with his paintings and sculptures, was honored.
Nancy Holt began her artistic career as a photographer and video artist. This approach influenced her later earthworks, which are “literally seeing devices, fixed points for tracking the positions of the sun, earth and stars.” Today, Holt is best known for her large-scale environmental works. She has created site- and time-specific sculptures in public places all over the world and has contributed to various publications. She has also received five National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships.
It is also our pleasure to honor Beverly Pepper, whose brilliant and prolific career has spanned more than 40 years. She is best known for site-specific projects that incorporate expanses of industrial metals into the landscape. These large-scale sculptures are often designed to function as public spaces. Respected throughout the world, Pepper has also received many prestigious awards.
New articles on these outstanding artists will appear in upcoming issues of Sculpture; but if you truly want to understand what their achievements have meant to the world of sculpture, make plans to attend the ISC’s 2013 gala in their honor. This event will be held on October 3, 2013 in New York City. Please visit for more details. The Lifetime Achievement gala is one of the most exciting and engaging events of the ISC experience, and both Nancy Holt and Beverly Pepper are expected to attend the celebration.