Sculpture Space alumnus William Tucker was awarded with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Sculpture Center. The Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the International Sculpture Center in 1991 to recognize individual sculptors who have made exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture. London’s Pangolin Gallery featured a one-man exhibition to showcase Tucker’s work that ran concurrently with the International Sculpture Center annual symposium.
The weathered steel sculpture is one of a group of sculptures Tucker constructed in steel or wood in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s which explored the idea of a central void surrounded by a geometric frame — in the case of Turning, a triangle with curved sides. The Griffiss International Sculpture Garden is a collaboration between Sculpture Space, the Griffiss Park Landowners Association, and the Griffiss Local Development Corporation of Rome, New York as a long-term regional public art project. The Sculpture Park is free and open to the public year round and by years end will include nineteen sculptures.
Tucker’s 1976 Residency at Sculpture Space was a formative experience for the British sculptor. He wrote, “Whenever I could find the time I would head up to Utica…The sense of community and dedication among the artists, the lack of distractions in the area and the resources of the Boiler Works all contributed to make the experience of Sculpture Space one of the most fruitful periods of my career.” An alumnus of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Tucker is known for his work with Sir Anthony Caro and his seminal 1966 “Primary Structures” exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York. His 1974 book, The Language of Sculpture, is considered to be an important collection of essays on the emergence of contemporary sculpture.
Sculpture Space is the only artist-in-residency program in North America specifically designed to serve professional sculptors. Sculpture Space provides a fellowship, studio space, special equipment, technical expertise, and specialized resources for artists to make new works of art —works that are first seen in Utica, NY before being exhibited in galleries, museums, and sculpture parks worldwide. Drawing artists from throughout the world, Sculpture Space also fosters a growing audience for contemporary art. The institution provides local community members with opportunities to meet contemporary artists and learn more about sculpture through quarterly work-in-progress receptions, studio tours, and presentations for local organizations.