THE DANIELSLEADERSHIP PRIZE

Prize

The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation

Mitch Daniels’ tenure as governor was marked by impressive achievements – both in magnitude and sheer number.  Each was significant for its contribution to moving Indiana forward; all together they signaled to the outside world, and to ourselves, that Indiana is a state whose people are ambitious to be the best.

The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation is created in honor and affirmation of the service of Mitch Daniels as Indiana’s 49th governor.  The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage leadership that refuses to accept the status quo as good enough, constantly aims higher, and executes courageously resulting in lifting the arc of progress in Indiana.

The Daniels era may be a watershed moment in Indiana history, a period when the state broke free from a nearly century-old culture that emphasized being a “brake on change.”  Leadership will be the decisive factor in whether or not the Daniels mindset becomes the cultural norm.  The Foundation aims to promote that ideal and the leadership required to make it a reality.

The Daniels Leadership Prize


  • The Criteria.  The Prize will be awarded biennially.  Prize winners will be individuals who exemplify the stated purpose of the Foundation:
leadership that refuses to accept the status quo as good enough, constantly aims higher, and executes courageously resulting in lifting the arc of progress in Indiana.
 
  • The Jury.  The selection of the Prize winner will be the responsibility of a non-partisan Jury of up to nine distinguished individuals from across Indiana. Initially, this jury will be chaired by former Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Randall Shepard. 
 
  • The Prize Elements.  To commemorate the award, winners will receive a custom-made sculpture and be honored at an event hosted by the Foundation.
 
  • The Event.  The Prize winner will be honored during an event hosted by the Foundation that celebrates the accomplishments of the Prize winner and the highlights the work of the cash award recipient. 
 
  • The Message.  It is hoped that during the year following the award, the Prize winner will undertake opportunities to speak in communities throughout the state discussing the pursuit of excellence.

The Daniels Leadership Prize Sculpture

Members of the Foundation reached out to leadership at Herron School of Art and Design of Indiana University at IUPUI to assist the Foundation in designing an appropriate award.  Meetings were held with the Herron’s Basile Design Center and faculty created a design competition for the students to submit proposals. 
Herron faculty selected three students to submit proposals and mock designs in a competitive presentation.  Each student presented their design to the group of Foundation board members.   Group had the tough job of selecting one winner.  The student chosen by the Foundation was John McCormick. 
Each award will be the same design but hand made in bronze. It will be a signed piece of unique art worthy of the award concept. 

The Daniels Leadership Prize Artist

John Collins McCormick was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1983. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Purchase College School of Art and Design, State University of New York. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Art program at John Herron School of Art and Design concentrating on using sound as a material in the arts.
John is an MFA student at John Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana working with sound as a material in the arts.  He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Purchase College, State University of New York and The School of The Museum of Fine Art, Boston where he studied with sound artist Liz Phillips. McCormick works with installation, performance and recording technologies. His work has been displayed at The Museum of Fine art Boston, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Issue Project Room Brooklyn, NY and Roots and Culture Gallery Chicago, IL.  As a performer he is Sky Thing, an umbrella term for performances with experimental sound done either solo or in a group.  http://www.herron.iupui.edu/blog/12112013/sculpture-master%E2%80%99s-candidate-john-collins-mccormick-designs-mitch-daniels-leadership-p