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View PREVIOUS WINNERS | 2020 Application Information

Nominations Open
January 1, 2020
Due February 19, 2020
Due March 18, 2020
Due April 1, 2020


The ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.

The Student Awards program is organized by the ISC and is sponsored in part by Atlantic Foundation, Gertrud and Heinz Aeschlimann, Doris and Donald Fisher Foundation, Grounds for Sculpture, the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


All current University members can nominate up to three (3) enrolled students working towards a BA, BFA or MFA.

If you are unsure about the status of your membership, please contact us at 609.689.1051 x 301 or email


Student Award Recipients Receive the Following:

  • Potential inclusion in a Fall/Winter Exhibition (location and dates TBD).
  • A feature article recognizing the student winners, faculty sponsors and schools in Sculpture magazine.
  • Opportunities for residencies through ISC
  • A complimentary one-year membership to the ISC, which includes a subscription to Sculpture magazine, access to online opportunities and a free online portfolio listing.
  • An award certificate and recognition letter from the ISC, signed by the Executive Director and Chair of the ISC Board of Trustees.


    Information for Faculty Sponsors:

    Faculty Sponsors can submit up to three (3) nominees per school, and must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT NOMINATION FORM by March 18, 2020. Students must be currently enrolled.

    Students cannot apply for award. They must first be nominated by faculty/school.

    Information for Student Nominees:

    Following the nomination, each student must fill out an ONLINE STUDENT SUBMISSION FORM including their School/University's ISC membership number and the following required documentation:
    - Up to three (3) high resolution images and/or videos (see rules below) of the submitted artwork
    - A current resume (not to exceed 400 words)
    - An artist statement (not to exceed 400 words)
    Each student nominated must submit all required documentation via the online submission form by April 1, 2020.


    Students can submit 1 - 3 pieces as long as the (3) image limit is not exceeded.


  • High Resolution (at least 300dpi) images of your work are required.
  • Single image only - no multiple images/composite.
  • No people in photographs unless relevant to artwork.


    Video clips are allowed for kinetic sculptures, performance documentation and 4-D (sound and time based media) submissions only.

  • All video files must be submitted in WMV (.WMV) format:
    There are many free, online file conversion services that can transfer files to wmv format (E.G. -
  • Limit all video lengths to 30 seconds each.
  • All video files must be named in the following format:
    Last name, First Initial of student artist_Title of work
    (E.G. Smith,J_TitleofWork)
  • Any video submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be excluded from jury review.
  • Video clips will count as one (1) of your three (3) allowed images.


  • Each sculpture submitted must be available for exhibition and for the duration of the traveling exhibition, through 2021.
  • Each piece chosen MUST be properly crated/packaged for cross country travel.
  • In the event that an award recipientís work is unable to be accommodated by the venue for the traveling exhibit, the ISC reserves the right to exclude said work from the traveling exhibit. All reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate the specific award-winning artwork and/or to work with the artist to identify an alternative artwork for inclusion in the traveling exhibition.


  • Works submitted by nominated students must be completed, not in developmental stages.
  • Artwork must be able to endure a year long exhibition with no maintenance requirements..
  • There will be no substitution of artwork for any Student Award program exhibitions unless requested.
  • The specific artwork(s) selected by the jury must be available for exhibition.
  • All selected artwork must be properly packaged/crated for travel by artist.
  • Artwork size maximum is 10ft/3m in any direction.

  • The ISC reserves the right to decline entries from schools deemed inappropriate for this program, or from students who are no longer enrolled.

    First Row (from left to right): - Molly Dressel, Bodies of Steel, 2017 - Natani Notah, Red (Blood), White (Gold), and Blue (Ocean), Bolo (2/7), (detail), - Erica Mendoza, Right where I can see you, 2018 Second Row (from left to right): - Ashley Kerr, Touching/Not Touching, Mirror/Not Mirror, 2017 - Amy Nathan, Formation with Pale Green, 2018 - Jordan Holm, Beginners Chaos Theory, 2018