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Above: Downtown Skyline, photo by Dan White. Courtesy of Visit Kansas City.
General Info

About the Conference:

What is the target audience for this event?
Is there an age attendees must be to attend?
Do I need to be an ISC member?
Where do I find the member number?
Will there be optional activities, tours or hands-on workshops available?
Can I bring a companion to social activities?
Who can bring a companion to the conference?
Can I bring multiple companions?
Where are conference events being held?
What is an ARTSlam?
What is a Mentoring Session?
How can I show my work at the conference?
How can I participate as a Vendor at the 27th ISC Conference and what do I receive?
Will there be a mobile app available for conference attendees?
Is the conference ADA accessible?
What is the conference press policy?

Registration:

When will registration open?
What is included in my registration fee?
Will there be a student rate for this conference?
Can I register a spouse or colleague using my membership?
How can I register a companion for assistance due to a disability?
How can the International Sculpture Center assist in obtaining a Visa?

Travel:

Are there any travel discounts available?
What is the official conference hotel?
What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Kansas City?
Do I need to rent a car?
Where can I see art in Kansas City
What else is there to explore in Kansas City?
How can I extend my stay in Kansas City?

Cancellation Policy


What is your cancellation policy?


About the Conference:

What is the target audience for this event?
This conference will be geared toward artists, arts administrators, educators, museum staff, curators, educators, students, and patrons.

Is there an age attendees must be to attend?
ISC conferences are adult, professional meetings and attendees must be at least 18 years of age to attend any activities.

Do I need to be an ISC member?
No, you do not need to be an ISC member to attend. However, members do receive discounted registration fees. To get the member rate you must enter your membership number when you register for the conference. Your membership must be current through December 31, 2017. Not a member yet? Click here to join.

Where do I find the member number?
You can find your member number on your magazine label; it is the 5-digit number located in the red box on the left, as pictured below, or you can contact the membership department at membership@sculpture.org or 609.689.1051 ext. 301.

ISC members with online member accounts can also find their member numbers by logging into the "member only area" on sculpture.org. Once you login your member number will appear on the top left of the page.




Will there be optional activities, tours, or hands-on workshops available?
Optional activities, tours, and hands-on workshops will be available on October 24th, October 25th and October 29th. Check out the schedule and activities pages for more information.

Can I bring a companion to social activities?
ISC members who are registered conference attendees may purchase a companion ticket. This ticket allows your companion to attend evening receptions. Your registered companion may also purchase tickets for optional tours. Companion registration is available when ISC members register for the conference online.

Only ISC members may bring a companion. Companions may not attend the conference panels, keynote address, ARTSlams, mentor sessions, or any other program not listed in the designated companion activities.

Who can bring a companion to the conference?
ISC members who are registered conference attendees can bring a companion to the conference. All companions must be registered.

Can I bring multiple companions?
If you require multiple companions due to an accessibility need, please contact the events department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.

Where are conference events being held?
Conference events will be held at the Belger Crane Yard, Kansas City Art Institute, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Studios Inc., among others. Check out the schedule for more information.

What is an ARTSlam?
ARTSlam Sessions are unique opportunities to meet with peers for creative critique. Artists are invited to present images (must be provided on a USB Drive, other formats not accepted) of their current work to other attendees for constructive dialogue. Each artist will be limited to 10 minutes -maximum! Sessions will be limited to 6 people per session. Sign up prior to the session will be required and limited space is available. Sign ups will be on a first come basis at the conference.

What is a Mentoring Session?
Panelists will meet with smaller groups to discuss issues examined in panel discussions and answer questions. Information regarding Mentor Sessions at the 27th ISC Conference will be available in Summer 2017.

Is the conference ADA accessible?
The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons. Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or events@sculpture.org.

How can I show my work at the conference?
ISC Members can exhibit their work at the members-only littleSCULPTURE show at the ISC Conference. The littleSCULPTURE show is an exhibition comprised of small artworks, and will showcase how these talented artists handle the challenges of space and scale as dictated by the 8" x 8" x 8" size restriction. There is a $25 fee to exhibit work at the littleSCULPTURE Show. Sign up for the littleSCULPTURE show occurs during online conference registration.

How can I participate as a Vendor at the 25th ISC Conference and what do I receive?
You can participate as a Vendor at the 27th ISC Conference by contacting the ISC Events Department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302.

Participation in the Marketplace is $250 for ISC Members and $400 for non-members. This includes exhibiting as a Vendor in the Marketplace, gaining exposure to an audience of 300+ artists, collectors, curators, arts administrators, and more, during conference registration and check-in on Tuesday, October 24 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Wednesday, October 25 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza.

You will receive table set-up, including black tablecloth, two chairs, wastepaper basket, and 1 electrical outlet, and a listing in the conference program book (print deadlines apply). Space is limited - reserve your spot early to participate.

Will there be a mobile app available for conference attendees?
Yes, a mobile app will be made available for conference attendees during the conference. The app will include the conference schedule, key locations, and more. Join the mailing list to be notified when the app is available for download.

What is the conference press policy?
As a policy, the ISC does not extend press passes to attend entire events such as conferences or galas.

The ISC will consider requests for a member of the press to attend portions of an event such as a specific panel or awards portion of an event; however the press person must follow the following guidelines:
  1. Request to attend the event must be submitted in writing. Request must include specific event they want to attend (panel name, etc). Requests must be received 30 days prior to event date.
  2. Press person must provide details of the piece/project they are working on including name of the publication, article title/theme, and anticipated date of publication.
  3. Requests will only be considered by reputable, verifiable media sources. Freelance reporters must provide an indication of targeted publications or previously published articles.
  4. Press person may not take the seat of a paying attendee in a sold-out event and must understand that press may be restricted to "standing room only".
  5. Each publication approved will be allowed no more than 2 press passes for the event. In most cases only one pass will be approved.
  6. If request is approved reporters are required to send ISC a copy of the published article within 60 days of publication.
You may be asked to sign a contract releasing all images and/or written articles for archiving and promotion of the ISC.

Please submit press pass requests by email to Jennifer Galarza, Events Manager at jennifer@sculpture.org.

Registration:

When will registration open?
Registration will open in Summer 2017. Click here to join the mailing list for the most up-to-date information on registration.

What is included in my registration fee?
Registration includes admission to all panels, the keynote address, ARTSlams & Mentor sessions, opening reception and littleSCULPTURE Show at Studios, Inc., a reception at the Belger Crane Yard, programming at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Art Institute, boxed lunches and coffee hour, and shuttles to select conference activities. More information is coming soon!

Will there be a student rate for this conference?
Yes, there will be a student rate available. The student rate will be open to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Attendees may only register as a student if they have not yet registered as a member or non-member for this event.

Students must submit a copy of their current valid school ID or transcript (through the Fall 2017 semester) showing full-time student status within 10 business days of submitting their registration or they may be disqualified from receiving this rate. Copies may be sent via fax or email. Contact events@sculpture.org for more details.

Can I register a spouse or colleague using my membership?
Your member number may only be used once, with the exception of University Level Members (who may use the member number for three members of the University's faculty) or Associate Level Members (who may use the member number for up to three staff members or volunteers). Attendees must use their own member numbers to register as a member. This will be monitored, and attendees who register using member IDs that are not their own may be disqualified from receiving the member rate.

How can I register a companion for assistance due to a disability?
If you would like to register an assistant for the conference, please call or email the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 ext. 302 or events@sculpture.org.

How can the International Sculpture Center assist in obtaining a Visa?
Each registrant is responsible for his or her own travel arrangements, including obtaining a Visa. If an ISC Member is interested in attending, and needs a Visa, the International Sculpture Center can fax/email/mail a letter of recommendation to you and/or the appropriate parties. This is a courtesy extended to ISC Members, and is at the discretion of the Executive Director. To join the ISC today, please visit the Membership page. If you are an ISC Member and would like to request a letter of recommendation for a Visa, please email events@sculpture.org or call (609) 689-1051 x302. Please include your member number in your correspondence.


Travel:

Are there any travel discounts available?
Yes, the ISC has received discounted room rates at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel. Please take advantage of the hotel discount by visiting the travel page. The ISC has also arranged for discounted rates with the Hertz rental car company. For more information, see the travel page.

What is the official conference hotel?
The official conference hotel is the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, newly renovated and located near top attractions. The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is a short walk from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Visit the travel page to check out all of the great deals offered at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza.

What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Kansas City?
Upon your arrival in Kansas City by air, there are several transportation options available. Car rental companies available at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars with Hertz. For more information, see the travel page.

Taxi service is available at the airport as well. Courtesy phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside the terminal at each bag claim area and at other strategic locations outside the terminal exits. If calling from a personal phone, call 816-243-2345.

If you are looking for less expensive methods of getting downtown, Kansas City overs several bus systems. There is a public bus system as well as the new bus rapid transit line which connects the River Market, Downtown, Crown Center, and the Plaza. For more information, go to: http://ridekc.org/.

Uber is also a great option to get around Kansas City. The Uber app connects you with a reliable ride - from low-cost to premium - in minutes. ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SculptureKC. Download the Uber app on your phone's App store or at help.uber.com.

Transportation by bus will also be provided to select conference activities. More information coming soon!

For more information on how to get around Kansas City, click here.

Do I need to rent a car?
You may wish to rent a car during free time to explore some of the great sites nearby which are not included in the program. If you'd like to rent a car, you can pick one up at the airport. Car rental companies available at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars with Hertz. For more information, see the travel page.

Uber is also a great option to get around Kansas City. The Uber app connects you with a reliable ride - from low-cost to premium - in minutes. ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SculptureKC. Download the Uber app on your phone's App store or at help.uber.com.

For more details on getting around Kansas City, visit the travel page.

Where can I see art in Kansas City?
There is a wealth of art in Kansas City. There are great museums and galleries located in the KC districts of Country Club Plaza, Crossroads, and West Bottoms as well as the surrounding area. A few museums and cultural institutions to check out are the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kansas City Art Institute. Galleries to visit include the H&R Block Artspace, Studios Inc., the Belger Crane Yard, Haw Contemporary, PLUG PROJECTS, and the 50/50 Gallery.

Beyond the museums and galleries, there is also a plethora of public art spaces, sculptures, and fountains which you can visit and interact with at your leisure. A must see is the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, a 22-acre oasis in the heart of Midtown Kansas City that is home to 36 sculptures. The sculpture park is located at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, three blocks east of Country Club Plaza, and it is open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.

Some of the best public art displays in KC include: Shuttlecocks, Spider, Kansas City Public Library's Community Bookshelf, Bull Wall, the Buck O'Neil Mural, and the Power & Light District Mural, among others.

Stay tuned for optional art and culture trips, coming soon. Contact events@sculpture.org for more information.

Click here to see a full list of activities and must see art museums.

What else is there to explore in Kansas City?
Kansas City is comprised of more than 240 neighborhoods. Among these neighborhoods you'll find areas that feel like their own mini-cities each unique with their own history, charm and attractions. To learn more about Kansas City's neighborhoods, click here. For more information on the many things you can experience in Kansas City, visit: https://www.visitkc.com.

Explore Kansas City's neighborhoods, landmarks, and attractions with this interactive map.

Kansas City straddles the Missouri-Kansas state line, sometimes causing travelers to wonder which state they are in. You're not alone! Here are a few tips to help: If you are west of State Line Road, you are in Kansas. If you are east of it, you're in Missouri. Follow the Missouri River to the north, and if you are west of it, you are in Kansas. East of it, you're in Missouri. But whether you're on the Kansas or Missouri side, you'll find plenty to do.

To explore some nearby destinations that are worth the quick drive, click here.

How can I extend my stay in Kansas City?
If you would like to extend your stay and explore Kansas City and the surrounding area on your own, there are plenty of things to see and do. Some options for day trips can be found here which include: the historic Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO, the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Overland Park, KS, and the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, KS.

If you'd like to extend your trip further, you can travel an hour or two to some wonderful major cities, rich in culture. Lawrence, Kansas, about a 50-minute drive, is located in northeastern Kansas next to Interstate 70, along the banks of the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. Lawrence is a college town and is home to the University of Kansas and the Spencer Museum of Art. The International Sculpture Center in collaboration with the University of Kansas will be offering post conference tours and activities. More information is coming soon.

To learn more about what to explore in Lawrence, Kansas, visit: http://unmistakablylawrence.com/

Flint Hills, Kansas, about a 2-hour car drive, is located about 130 miles southwest of Kansas City, MO. There you can visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve where you can experience the true vastness of the prairie landscape with a ranger during a free guided tour which is offered daily.

If you choose to extend your stay, be sure to reserve tours or activities ahead of time.

KC, Kansas blog: https://www.visitkansascityks.com/blog/

Cancellation Policy

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be submitted in writing before September 21, 2017 and are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after September 21, 2017. All approved refunds will be issued within 3 days of request to original paid credit card.



Sponsored by:

Belger Arts Center    Visit KC        
Kansas City Art Institute    Studios Inc
Zahner    Lawrence Art Center
      Overland Park
Charlotte Street Foundation    KU School of the Arts    The Nelson Atkinds Museum of Art   

    New Jersey State Council on the Arts   Discover Jersey Arts  National Endowment for the Arts


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