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Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumna Katie Hovencamp Receives 2014 International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement Award

Katie Hovencamp Artwork Frivolous

Recent SoVA alumna Katie Hovencamp ('14 M.F.A.) received the prestigious 2014 International Sculpture Center's (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. The 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. In 1994 the ISC established the annual "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award" program 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 universities, colleges and art schools.  Hovencamp's receipt of this award is recognition for the high standard of work produced by students in SoVA’s sculpture program.

A selection panel comprising Kathryn Mikesell, founder of the Fountainhead Residency and Studios, Miami, FL; Stefano Catalani, director of art, craft and Design at the bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; and Donald Lipski, sculptor, NY, selected 22 recipients and 25 honorable mentions from a large pool of applicants, including international students.

The work Katie submitted, Frivolous (see above), was one of the performance pieces from her M.F.A. thesis exhibition. Katie explains, “In my creative work, I fracture cultural constructs such as gender, beauty, and the body politic to expose, examine, and critique their social and historical assumptions. In the case of my piece, Frivolous, I created an accumulation of materials that overtook the body in a facetious manner to critique how far one will go to become beautiful.”

Hovencamp will join the 22 award recipients to participate in the Grounds for Sculpture's Fall/Winter Exhibition, which will be  on  view October 2014  – March 2015 in Hamilton, New  Jersey, adjacent to the ISC headquarters. Her work will be featured in the October 2014 issue of the International Sculpture Center's award winning publication, Sculpture magazine, as well as on the ISC’s website at Information compiled courtesy of the International Sculpture Center.