Alumnus Gaston Receives Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture

Posted on 6/11/2019 10:36:08 AM

Tyler Gaston (MFA 2019) has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2019. 

The International Sculpture Center 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 an exceptional number of participating institutions, including over 139 universities, colleges, and art school sculpture programs from four countries for a nominated total of 325 students.

A distinguished panel made up of Ebitenyefa Baralaye, a ceramicist, sculptor, and designer, Detroit, Michigan; Melanie VanHouten, founder and artistic director of Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, Kentucky; and Alison Wong, first-generation Chinese American artist, curator, and educator, Detroit, Michigan, selected 11 recipients and 18 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.

Gaston’s work will be featured in the September/October 2019 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning magazine, Sculpture, as well as on the International Sculpture Center’s website.

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 the International Sculpture Center for further details.

Sculpture by Tyler Gaston

IUP Department of Art