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Bard College Professor Ellen Driscoll Wins International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award

Mark Primoff
Bard College Visiting Professor of Studio Arts and Studio Arts Program Director Ellen Driscoll has been awarded the International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Educator Award for 2018.  Image Credit: Steven Manning
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College Visiting Professor of Studio Arts and Director of Studio Arts Program Ellen Driscoll has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award for 2018. The International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) Outstanding Educator Award is presented to individuals who have effectively and passionately communicated the knowledge and personal experience gained through the creation of their own work to countless number of students throughout their career. Candidates for this award are masters of sculptural processes and techniques who have devoted their careers to the education of the next generation and to the advancement of the sculpture field as a whole. Driscoll’s work encompasses sculpture, drawing, and public art.

International nominations for the Outstanding Educator Award are accepted each year, beginning in September. The 2018 award resulted in an exceptional number of 57 faculty nominations from 27 institutions of higher learning from four countries. The unanimous vote for the selection of Ellen Driscoll as the award recipient from this large pool of applicants is a testament to the dedication and excellence demonstrated by this educator. Driscoll will be the subject of a feature article in the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication Sculpture magazine, as well as on the ISC website. Driscoll will be presented with an award at a ceremony. Details about this event to be announced on the ISC website.

Driscoll’s sculptures, drawings, and installations explore resource consumption and material lineage. Recent installations include “CartOURgraphy” for Middle College High School and the International High School in Queens, “Night to Day, Here and Away” for the Sarasota National Cemetery, and “Distant Mirrors” for the Providence River. Earlier works include “The Loophole of Retreat” at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, and “As Above, So Below” for Grand Central Terminal. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bunting Institute, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman, and a Fine Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work is in major collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. Her works can be seen at

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.

About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, is an independent, residential, coeducational college offering a four-year B.A. program in the liberal arts and sciences and a five-year B.A./B.S. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard offers M.Music degrees in conjunction with the Conservatory and The Orchestra Now, and at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College, a public school with campuses in New York City, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Newark, New Jersey; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State; M.A. in curatorial studies, M.S. in economic theory and policy, and M.S. in environmental policy and in climate science and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem; and dual B.A. degrees at American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University.

Bard offers nearly 50 academic programs in four divisions. Total enrollment for Bard College and its affiliates is approximately 5,500 students. The undergraduate College has an enrollment of more than 1,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. In 2016, Bard acquired the Montgomery Place estate, bringing the size of the campus to nearly 1,000 acres. For more information about Bard College, visit

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This event was last updated on 03-06-2018