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Bard Professor Judy Pfaff Wins 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award From the International Sculpture Center

Mark Primoff
 Image Credit: Courtesy of Elena Zang Gallery
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Judy Pfaff, acclaimed artist, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts, and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, has won the International Sculpture Center (ISC) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. ISC awarded two world-renowned sculptors, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard, with the award. Pfaff will be presented with the award at the 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration, where arts patrons and professionals will come together in celebration of their remarkable careers. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, art auction, and an awards ceremony, and will occur later this spring in New York City.

The ISC writes: “Judy Pfaff weaves landscapes, architecture, and color to create tense, elaborate sculptures and installations that speak to order and disorder simultaneously. A pioneer of site-specific installation art in the 1970s, Pfaff combines painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and architecture to create works that are equally dependent on intense planning and improvisation. Space seems to expand and collapse in these installations, fluctuating from two to three dimensions with a wide range of materials.”

“I am delighted to announce that Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard will be honored with the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award this spring,” said Marc LeBaron, ISC board chair. “Both of these most deserving artists are incredible sculptors whose work can be seen around the world. They have both influenced and contributed to the art community immensely.”

The International Sculpture Center’s Board of Directors established the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. Candidates for the award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the development of a laudable body of work, as well as to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole.

About Judy Pfaff
Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis (1971), and an M.F.A. from Yale University (1973). She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2004), Guggenheim Fellowship (1983), and two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986). She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, GTE Corporation, Irving, Texas; an installation for the exhibition vernacular abstraction, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan; and set design, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Detroit Institute of Arts, among others.

About the International Sculpture Center

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. For more information, please visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Judy Pfaff, renowned artist, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts, and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, has won the International Sculpture Center (ISC) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of Elena Zang Gallery



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This event was last updated on 05-12-2014