MFA Alum Olufunmilayo Bright and MFA Student Alonso Cartú Receive ISC Awards

Parsons Fine Arts Alum Awarded International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Award, Parsons Fine Arts Student Receives Honorable Mention

Olufunmilayo (Layo) Bright, of New York, NY, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2018. Bright is a recent graduate (Class of 2018) of the Fine Arts MFA Program Parsons School of Design, The New School.
Additionally, our rising second year student, Alonso Cartú has been named a 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Honorable Mention
The International Sculpture Center (ISC) established the annual “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” program in 1994 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 the participating universities, colleges and art schools. The award program’s growing publicity resulted in an exceptional number of participating institutions; including over 138 universities, colleges and art school sculpture programs from eight countries for a nominated total of 354 students.
A distinguished panel made up of Sam Ekwurtzel, Brooklyn based artist & 2006 Student Award Recipient, Brooklyn, NY; Gina Miccinilli, Educator & working sculptor, Mahwah, NJ; and Ysabel Pinyol, Curatorial Director, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; selected 17 recipients, and 18 honorable mentions through a competitive viewing process of the works submitted. The selection of the recipients from a large pool of applicants, including international students, is a great accomplishment and testament to the artistic promise of the students’ work.
The 17 award recipients will participate in a Fall/Winter Exhibition (location and dates TBD). The artists’ work will be featured in the October 2018 issue of the International Sculpture Center’s award winning publication, Sculpture magazine as well as on the ISC’s award-winning website at
The International Sculpture Center (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. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. Please visit for further details.