This month I would like to begin by recognizing incoming and outgoing Board members. First, our outgoing board members, who have led and inspired us with their many contributions. It gives me great pleasure to thank Creighton Michael, Robert Edwards, Ralfonso Gschwend and Mark Lyman for their service. Robert Edwards served two terms and most recently served as the treasurer of the ISC. He also served as the chair of the Awards, Audit, Finance, and Collections Committees. Creighton Michael served one term on our Board and was a member of our Membership Committee, where he was instrumental in our success. He also made valuable connections with arts organizations in the New York area. Ralfonso Gschwend also served one term and was a member of the International Affairs Committee, where he played an important role in forging relationships with arts organizations around the world. Mark Lyman, in his short tenure, made a lasting impact on the future of the ISC. Please join me in thanking them for their service.
We are also pleased to welcome several new Board members. They include Jeff Fleming, Prescott Muir, Andrew Rogers, and Frank Sippel. Their biographies— featured on page 80 in this issue—give us great confidence that they will advance the ISC’s tradition of excellence.
I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to attend our 2013 International Sculpture Symposium in Miami, December 1–4. Miami will be a great host city for this year’s event, which is co-sponsored by Florida International University and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum. Our symposium also precedes Art Basel Miami, which will be held December 5–8.
If you haven’t been to Miami recently, I encourage you to attend the ISC symposium. For many years, Miami has been referred to as the “capital of the Americas,” and these days, it is also a major art center. Miami has become a favorite place for my wife, Kathy, and me to visit and discover the importance art, and especially sculpture, in our lives. With the city’s vibrant art community as host, this symposium promises to be something special for ISC members. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and exchange ideas with sculptors and other members of the art community.