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Colleen Sterritt Receives ISC's 2019 Outstanding Educator Award

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  
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Colleen Sterritt Receives International Sculpture Center's 2019 Outstanding Educator Award

Coleen Sterritt, professor in the Sculpture Program at Long Beach City College, California, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award for 2019. Coleen Sterritt’s fabricated hybrid sculptures evoke the interplay between nature, culture, and lived experience. 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 has been exhibited throughout the US, Japan, Spain, Kenya, and South Africa. Her work is held in major collections including MOCA, L.A. and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sterritt has received numerous awards and fellowships, including John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the NEA, and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. 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.


Coleen Sterritt will be the subject of a feature article in the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication Sculpture magazine, as well as on the ISC website at www.sculpture.orgColeen will be presented with an award at a ceremony with more details to come. Please visit the website for updates.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the “Outstanding Educator Award” program in 1996 to recognize individual artist-educators who have excelled at teaching sculpture in Institutions of higher learning. An exemplary career combining personal studio practice and measurable academic performance form the evaluative basis of this award.


Successful candidates for this award are masters of sculptural history, theory, processes and techniques, who have devoted a major part of their careers to the education of the next generation and to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Past winners include: Ellen Driscoll, Malcolm Cochran, Linda Fleming, Mary Neubauer, Aristotle Georgiades, Wayne Potratz, Winifred Lutz, Ron Pederson, Edward Mayer, Patricia Renick, Joseph Seipel, Morio Shinoda, Julius Schmidt, and George Beasley.


The 2019 program resulted in an exceptional number of Sixty-Four (64) faculty nominations from Thirty-two (32) institutions of higher learning from five (5) countries. The unanimous vote for the selection of Coleen Sterritt as the award recipient from this large pool of applicants is a testament to the dedication and excellence demonstrated by this educator. 


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