Shawn Creeden, Art + Design graduate student, receives ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Award
Author: School of Art + Design
Posted: June 27, 2017

Shawn Creeden, Bower no. 35, 2017. Mixed-media with living plants, 68 x 48 x 26 inches


School of Art + Design graduate student Shawn Creeden has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2017.

Shawn is one of fifteen award recipients who will participate in a traveling exhibition at Belger Arts Center, which will be on view from October 2017 – TBD in Kansas City, Missouri. The artist’s work will also be featured in the October 2017 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC’s website at

Of the fifteen awardees, Creeden was chosen for additional honors: An ISC Residency at Grounds for Sculpture (GSF) in New Jersey. The residency aims to create transformative opportunities for artists to explore and realize their ideas by providing access to supportive and rigorous intellectual community, opportunities for studio and social practice, generous live/work space, time, technical assistance, and financial support. The residency takes place this summer from June 24 through August 5th.

For more about Shawn Creeden and his work, visit


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 an exceptional number of participating institutions; including over 137 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from five countries for a nominated total of 356 students.

A distinguished panel made up of Edith Newhall, art critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a frequent contributor to ARTnews, Philadelphia, PA; Doug Schatz, Professor of Sculpture at the State University of New York, Potsdam, NY; and Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director, Grounds for sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; selected 15 recipients and 16 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 International Sculpture Center (ISC) 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.


Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) was founded by J. Seward Johnson, who had a vision to make contemporary art accessible by showcasing it in beautiful settings that encourage discovery and learning. Built on a reclaimed brownfield site of the former NJ State Fairgrounds, GFS features an evolving collection of over 270 sculptures in an arboretum with settings grand and intimate, all to spotlight art and engage the visitor. Grounds For Sculpture opened in 1992 with a mission to promote an appreciation and understanding of contemporary sculpture for all people. To fulfill our mission, GFS welcomes visitors to our 42 acre outdoor sculpture collection and offers indoor exhibitions, workshops for children and adults, artist demonstrations, lectures, family events, and professional development workshops for public school teachers. Last year our grounds, programs, and workshops attracted over 230,000 visitors.