Edinboro University alumna Seykora wins prestigious sculpture prize from International Sculpture Center10/23/2013
Angie Seykora, who received a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Sculpture from Edinboro University in May, has been honored with the 2013 International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Seykora's work is included in the October 2013 issue of Sculpture Magazine, along with the name of the University and her faculty sponsor, D.W. Martin.
“It is such an honor to have been nominated by my graduate faculty member and advisor D.W. Martin and to receive this prestigious award from the International Sculpture Center,” said Seykora, who is now living in Omaha, Neb. “My work developed technically, formally and conceptually during the three years I spent in the Sculpture graduate program at Edinboro. The engagement and diversity of the Sculpture faculty members, in addition to my peers during critique and individual meetings, helped my individual growth as an artist. I am confident in my ideas and ability to visually execute them as an independent studio artist, making this nomination and award possible.”
The ISC established the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program in 1994 to recognize deserving sculpture students and to encourage their continued commitment to the field of sculpture.
“Angie Seykora was chosen for this award from a highly competitive pool of the nation’s best graduate students in sculpture. It is a fitting reward for her talent, her focus and her very hard work,” said Art Department Chairman James Parlin. “It also, I hope, attests to the quality of the education she got in the Art Department at Edinboro University, where she received direct and personal attention from a strong faculty of professional artists and professors. We are very proud of her success.”
While she was enrolled at Edinboro, Seykora's work earned awards in professional-level shows and was exhibited locally several times at the Erie Art Museum. Seykora was invited by another EU alumnus, Mark Tanenbaum, artistic director of the Pennsylvania Artist Collective Association, to exhibit her thesis show at PACA in the spring of 2013.
Faculty sponsor D.W. Martin praised Seykora and her work, saying, “Angie came to our program well informed and with a strong portfolio. She arrived eager to get started. She consistently recognized and applied her research in the studio, making well-informed decisions that allowed her work to grow over our three-year program. Angie was able to take various and very different types of materials to create visually intriguing sculptural forms. It is her creative habits in the studio that she developed [while at EU] that brought her this very distinguished sculpture award. Her achievement also brings pride to her faculty in the sculpture program as well as the Art Department as a whole. She is a gem, and has been a pleasure to get to know and work with.
In my view, [Angie] is no longer my student but my peer,” Martin added. “I have no doubt she will continue to be very successful in her career as a fine artist and sculptor.”