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The phrase “no guts, no glory” doesn’t just resonate on the field–it holds true in the art world, too.

codypowersheadshot1Cody Powers ’17 (Industrial Design, ISA), recipient of a 2016 Honorable Mention for Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center, knows this firsthand.

Powers, focusing all of his energy on the MIAD 2016 Senior Thesis Exhibition in the spring, almost didn’t apply for the honor typically given to graduate students. But recognizing the excellent opportunity, and with encouragement from faculty sponsor Will Pergl, he buckled down and compiled his work.

This included still images of his jump-roping hologram thesis installation, a 30-second documentation video of a kinetic sculpture he created as well as an artist’s statement, biography and CV.

His submission nabbed the Honorable Mention, a rare feat due to the number of graduate student applications. Powers couldn’t be happier.

powersjumprope1“I am very proud of this award because of the circumstances in which it was earned. The combination of the semester-long thesis project and junior-level Industrial Design courses produced my most strenuous semester. To have been given this honor at the end of such a demanding semester was very reaffirming in the nontraditional path I have taken at MIAD.”

He receives a one-year International Sculpture Center membership and will have his work featured in the October 2016 issue of Sculpture magazine and on

“I hope to use the resources offered in my ISC membership to push my practice forward in exciting possibilities.”

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