Master of Fine Arts candidate Hayley Fowler has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2016.
The ISC established the annual award program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. It was also designed to draw attention to the sculpture programs of the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program’s growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including more than 148 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from six countries for a nominated total of 378 students.
A distinguished panel of professionals selected 16 recipients and 23 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the recipients from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students’ work.
The 16 award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 2016–April 2017 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters. The artists’ work will be featured in the October 2016 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award-winning publication, Sculpture magazine, as well as on the ISC’s award-winning website at www.sculpture.org.
Fowler’s work is autobiographical in nature and investigates expectations and perceptions of society, of individuals and herself. She is interested in questioning and reflecting upon her place among cultural and social standards while simultaneously documenting her personal growth and transformation as exterior influences continue to affect and alter how she views herself. Fowler earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Glass from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011.
The International Sculpture Center is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. Please visit www.sculpture.org for further details.