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The International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award is presented to individuals who have effectively and passionately communicated the knowledge and personal experience gained through the creation of their own work to countless number of students throughout their career. Candidates for this award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the education of the next generation and to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Nominations for the Outstanding Educator Award will be accepted each year, beginning in September. Submission are not limited to U.S. participants, international submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

This Year's Recipient
2020   Patrick Strzelec, of Rutgers University, NJ

Patrick Strzelec works in various processes and materials often relating to the gaps between seeing, knowing, recognizing, and remembering. Patrick attended the Art Institute in Chicago, received a BFA from Southern Illinois University, and an MFA from Rutgers University. Patrick has been a recipient of numerous awards and grants in sculpture, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Italy, the Ballinskelligs Project in Ireland, National Endowment for the Arts, and numerous New Jersey State Council for the Arts grants. Recently he received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and the Chancellor Scholar Award, both at Rutgers University.

Patrick has shown nationally and internationally, with solo shows at the Michael Schultz Gallery, Berlin; EKWC, Oisterwijk, Netherlands; American Academy in Rome, Italy; Jay Grimm Gallery, Gary Snyder Fine Arts, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, and Garth Greenan, New York City; OH&T Gallery, Boston; and Grounds For Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ. Selected group shows include: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; Art Koln, Koln, Germany; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Miami Basel, Miami, Florida; and the Beth DeWoody Inaugural Exhibition, at The Bunker, West Palm Beach, FL. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. He is the former Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer in Sculpture at Harvard University and currently an Associate Professor in Sculpture, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ . Learn more

Past Recipients
2019   Coleen Sterritt, of Long Beach City College, CA
  For close to 40 years Los Angeles artist Coleen Sterritt has fabricated hybrid sculpture evoking the interplay between nature, culture, and lived experience. Her source materials are pulled from everyday objects and elements. Plaster, tar, pinecones, found furniture, and studio refuse are just some of the components she uses to construct and express her richly evocative formal language. Questioning the diverse possibilities of sculpture in both scale and form, her eccentric, abstract structures present strong polarities possessing a resonance at once familiar and obscure.

Sterritt’s sculpture and drawings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Japan, Spain, Kenya, and South Africa. Her work is held in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2016, Sterritt's other awards and fellowships include: the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Matters, Inc., the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, the J.Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts /California Community Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist (COLA) Fellowship. Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included noted positions at California State University, Fullerton; Otis College of Art & Design; and The Claremont Graduate University. Since 1998 she has been a professor and faculty coordinator of the sculpture program at Long Beach City College. Learn more

2018   Ellen Driscoll, of Bard College , NY
  Ellen Driscoll’s work encompasses sculpture, drawing, and public art. Recent installations include “CartOURgraphy” for Middle College High School and the International High School in Queens, "Night to Day, Here and Away" for the Sarasota National Cemetery, and “Distant Mirrors” for the Providence River. Earlier works include “The Loophole of Retreat” at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, and “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, and a Fine Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work is in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is Program Director of Studio Arts and Visiting Professor of Sculpture at Bard College. Find out more about Ellen here

2017   Malcolm Cochran, of Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
  Malcolm Cochran has created large-scale sculptures, installations, and site-specific public art since the late 1970s. His projects often develop in response to a particular place or location; other works are more introspective and originate in personal circumstances and events. Cochran has no primary medium or signature form, but strong threads run through his work: the importance of place and a strongly implied human presence are central to many of the pieces, and the works often imply narrative possibilities. His work is archived at

Cochran found his voice as a sculptor far from the centers of the art world in his home state of New Hampshire, to which he returned in 1973 with an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. After 13 years as Exhibitions Designer/Curator at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, he moved in1987 to Columbus, OH, to teach Foundation Studies and Sculpture at The Ohio State University. For 27 years there he nurtured and inspired student at all levels, including many who have gone on to significant careers in sculpture, painting, photography, and inter-disciplinary fields. He is currently Distinguished Visiting Artist at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Photo: Courtesy Keida Mascaro.

2016   Linda Fleming, of California College of the Arts, CA
  Location is vital to Fleming in creating artwork, and as a result, the artist divides her time between studios in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at Libre- an artist’s community that she co-founded in 1968, the Smoke Creek Desert in northwestern Nevada, and at The Brewery in Benicia, CA where she assembles most of her large-scale works. Fleming’s works are featured in international private and public collections in Shanghai, China; Moscow, Russia; Seoul, Korea; London, UK, Sydney, Australia and the American Embassy in Baghdad. Her recent exhibitions and installations include Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA, Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, the International Quilt Study Center, Lincoln, Nebraska; the Berkeley Art Museum; Oakland Museum and Stanford University Campus. Fleming's work has been reviewed in numerous periodicals including: Art in America, Sculpture magazine, and the New York Times. She has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Art Matters, and the Athena Foundation. She has been teaching at California College of the Arts since 1986.

2015   Mary Bates Neubauer, of Arizona State University, AZ
  Mary Bates Neubauer (M.F.A. 1981, Indiana University Bloomington, Sculpture) has shown her work widely, and she has completed many public art projects in the western states, including interactive sculptural works. In the past 5 years, her sculptures and digital images have appeared in national and international exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Beijing, and Adelaide. Working at the intersection of art and science, she exhibits with organizations including Ars Mathematica, and Art-Science Collaborations. She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Fellow in Cambridge England, and a Ford Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington. Recent residencies include Garfagnana Innovazione (Digital Stone Carving in Italy), Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland, the Vermont Studio Center, and the John Michael Kohler Arts and Industry Residency.

2014   Aristotle Georgiades, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
  Aris Georgiades is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He is a sculptor and public artist who works on projects individually and as part of Actual Size Artworks, a collaborative team. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from University of Michigan. In addition to the public art projects, he makes smaller-scale sculptures using salvaged building materials and objects. These often relate to issues of adaptability and the changing nature of work, and ask questions about usefulness and ambition. He has exhibited his sculptural works nationally and internationally for over twenty years including a recent solo show at Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago. Professor Georgiades has had many reviews of his work in various publications including Art In America, Sculpture magazine and The Chicago Tribune, and currently resides in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

2013   Wayne E. Potratz, of the University of Minnesota, MN
  Wayne E. Potratz (MA 1966, University of California, Berkeley) has been a faculty member in the University of Minnesota's Department of Art since 1969. He was Chair of the department from 1985-1998 and is currently Professor and Scholar of the College. His work has been exhibited in 30 one-person or two-person exhibitions and 340 group exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally since 1964; and is represented in 28 public and corporate collections and 165 private collections. He was the Co-founder of the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and has an extensive record of lectures, workshops, and professional service since 1966.

2012   Winifred Lutz, of Tyler School of Art, PA
  Winifred Lutz (MFA 1968, Cranbrook Academy of Art) taught Sculpture from 1968 to 2008, at Aquinas College, Yale School of Art, and finally at Tyler School of Art. Winifred’s teaching emphasizes the importance of developing a lifelong working practice that embodies active comprehensive attention in the world. Her site-integrated installations and permanent public projects are known for their remarkable sensitivity to each site, and for how they reveal the discrete history of a place. Winifred is also known as a primary innovator in the field of hand papermaking as an art form.

2009   Ron Pederson, of Aquinas College, MN
  Ron Pederson (MFA 1977, University of Minnesota, Sculpture) has taught at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI since 1982. He has served as the Resident Faculty/Director for the Aquinas College Semester in Ireland program, and has exhibited his work worldwide, including in Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Australia. Pederson periodically collaborates with his wife, poet Miriam Pederson, in exhibitions, and together they teach a course at Aquinas where Pederson currently serves as Art Department Chairperson.

  Edward Mayer, of the University at Albany, NY

Edward Mayer received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Mayer began teaching sculpture in 1970 at Ohio University in Athens, and has continued to teach (since 1983) at the State University of New York, Albany, where he heads the Sculpture Department. His temporary, site-specific installations deal with notions of structure, permanence, and form in sculpture.

  Patricia Renick, of the University of Cincinnati, OH

Patricia Renick was born in Lakeland, Florida, in 1932 and taught at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art for 31 years. Affectionately nicknamed “Mother Art,” she was a tireless advocate for art students and young artists, changing and affecting countless lives throughout her career. Renick was also well known for her commitment to the Cincinnati art community and her dedication to advancing the position of women artists and feminist works in the art world.

  Joseph Seipel, of Virginia Commonwealth University, VA

Joseph Siepel taught at Virginia Commonwealth University for 27 years and was the chair of the Department of Sculpture for 16 years. VCU’s graduate sculpture program is ranked among the nation’s top five, and the School of the Arts is ranked in the top 20, according to U.S. News & World Report. In 2001, Siepel became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies for the School of the Arts. He has continued to be involved in the graduate sculpture program.

2000 Morio Shinoda, of the University of Tsukuba, Japan

Morio Shinoda taught in the Plastic Arts and Mixed Media Department at the University of Tsukuba for 15 years, beginning in 1979. He also taught art in the Department of Education at the University of Nagasaki for two years. Under his devoted guidance, many of his students have become unique and successful artists. Some have become well known nationally and internationally, including Tsunekazu Ishihara, (the creator of “Pokemon”), Takamasa Kuniyasu, Daizaburo Harada, Toshio Iwai, Toshihiko Okabe, and Nobumichi Tosa (Meiwa Denki).

1998   Julius Schmidt, of The University of Iowa, IA
    Born in 1923 in Stamford, Connecticut, Julius Schmidt received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. His work has been shown in galleries all across the U.S. Julius was the head of the Sculpture Department at the University of Iowa from 1970 - 1993. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa.

1996   George Beasley, of Georgia State University, GA

George Beasley joined the faculty of the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University in 1970, after receiving a MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As the head of the sculpture area and the School’s graduate advisor, Beasley believes effective teaching to be an outgrowth of studio/apprentice practice. He stresses the idea of teaching by example using the production of almost all of his own work in school studios as a vehicle to demonstrate concepts and processes. Beasley is known for his work in iron and spectacular iron-pour performances.