Remet PIC, Inc. in conjunction with the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) came together at the School on November 17, 2017, to select the 22nd winner of the Remet “Shaping the Future” Award. A panel of experts drawn from industry and the art community assessed all the entrants work, reviewing their proposals and evaluating their maquette’s.
As with previous competitions, the quality of the entries was very high, making the decision remarkably difficult. After a long deliberation, Lisa Chen was selected as the 2018 winner.
All the entering artists were invited to attend the event and discuss their work with the assembled judges.
Last year’s winner Elijah Merritt was presented with his plaque and prize. His winning sculpture “Bull” was unveiled via a video and slideshow as it has already been installed in location at Turn Park Art Space in West Stockbridge, MA.
We would like to thank all the members of the panel, all the entrants as well as all the staff at SAIC who make this event possible. This year’s panel included Mary Seyfarth (Instructor & Artisan), Isobel Neal, Karly Spell (Art Casting of Illinois), Beth Sahagian-Allsopp (Vanguard Sculpture Services), Audry Cramblit (Sculptor), John P. Paraszczak (REMET) and Bob Pawlak (REMET).
The REMET “Shaping the Future Award” was established to provide an aspiring SAIC student artist with the funds and support necessary to complete a cast metal work of art, using the precision investment casting process. REMET has proudly presented this award, in conjunction with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, since 1997. Many of the previous award recipients have gone on to careers in the art world. In addition to being successful artists, past winners are found in other segments of the industry, including education and art foundry operations. REMET is very pleased to have been able to maintain contact with many of the previous Shaping the Future Award recipients. Click on the link for the Shaping the Future Hall of Fame to see past winners work.