UNCG’s Ivana Milojevic Beck ’12, ’16 MFA has been awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2016.
Beck, who graduated in May with a master of fine arts in studio art, is one of 16 artists to receive the prestigious award. Nearly 400 students from art programs across the globe submitted work, which was judged by a panel of distinguished artists.
“This award is the perfect ending to a wonderful time at UNCG,” Beck said. “The recognition is a reflection of the professors who believed in me – we have a real treasure here in the teachers and staff at UNCG.”
Beck was recognized for her work “Untitled,” a brick and wax sculpture that she made in the spring semester. As a United States immigrant originally from Serbia, the work serves as a representation of how her cultural, social and psychological foundations have shifted since she left her home, family and friends in Serbia.
“Through the use of materials such as wax and brick, I am bridging the fragile, delicate and ephemeral with that which is strong, durable and unbreakable,” she said. “The work seeks to find a direct correlation with defining what ‘home’ is and how to retrieve it.”
UNCG professors Patricia Wasserboehr and Nikki Blair nominated Beck for the award.
“We are always pleased when one of our graduate students is a recipient of this prestigious international award,” Wasserboehr said. “Ivana’s autobiographical sculpture showcases her ability to poetically evoke the meaningful memories of her lineage using traditional materials such as brick and wax in compelling ways.”
“Untitled” will be featured in the October 2016 issue of Sculpture Magazine and included as part of the fall/winter exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park in Hamilton, New Jersey.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual award program in 1994 to recognize young sculptors and to encourage their continued commitment to the field. Founded in 1960, ISC is a nonprofit organization that champions the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Daniel Smith