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MFA Graduate receives International Sculpture Award

RALPH PUGAY RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE CENTER’S 2010 OUTSTANDING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hamilton, New Jersey

Ralph Pugay of Portland, OR has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2010. Ralph is a MFA student at Portland State University.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture 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 a record number of participating institutions; including over 176 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from sixteen countries for a nominated total of 445 students. 

A distinguished panel made up of artist and educator Creighton Michael, curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, and artist Oliver Herring selected twenty winners and fifteen honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted.  The selection of the winners from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students’ work.

The twenty award recipients will participate in the Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be on view from October 10, 2010-January 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters.  The artist’s work will be included in Grounds For Sculpture’s 2010 Fall/Winter Exhibitions Catalogue and featured in the October 2010 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC award winning website at www.sculpture.org.

Johannah Hutchison
Executive Director
International Sculpture Center
Publisher of Sculpture Magazine
609-689-1054
 johannah@sculpture.org