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2017 International Sculpture Conference
Intersections + Identities
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From October 25-28, 2017, over 300 arts professionals gathered in Kansas City, MO for the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities. Delegates traveled from countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Nigeria, and Peru, as well as from across the US to attend the conference.

The opening reception was held at Studios Inc., where attendees saw the littleSCULPTURE Show, opening of underpass, an exhibition by current and former Studios Inc. residents, open artist studios, musical performances, and more. Asheer Akram brought his project, The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative to the reception, allowing guests to learn more about the project. The project was also available for a closer look throughout the week at Kansas City Art Institute.

Programming for the conference was held at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where attendees heard from over 30 diverse speakers from around the world about sculpture, identity, technology, and more. Keynote speaker Willie Cole showed attendees how his work has progressed over 40 years, and how he works within his community. He also shared insight into his thought process and how projects evolve over time.

Other programming included Sculpture Parks in the Urban Core: What is the Future?, a program brought to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art that featured curators and directors of sculpture parks who each spoke to their development as a sculpture park and their plans for the future. There was also a Gallery Hop in the Crossroads Arts District, where galleries opened their doors and displayed exhibitions throughout the conference.

Optional trips included studio tours at Belger Crane Yard Studios and in West Bottoms, a glass demonstration at Monarch Glass Studio, a tour of Zahner and Metalabs, and much more. A small group also got to visit the University of Kansas for a tour about the ISCís history, and learned more about Elden Tefft with an exhibition and introduction to the works by his son, Kim Tefft. Attendees experienced hands-on workshops at KCAI in the new David T. Beals Studios for Art & Technology, including CNC Milling, 3D Printing, and Laser Cutting. There was also an iron pour workshop at Wickerson Studios, with guest artists Araan Schmidt, Wojtek Biczysko, and Ania Biczysko.

The closing reception was held at Belger Crane Yard, where guests got a final glimpse of the littleSCULPTURE Show, and viewed the 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award exhibition. A reception and awards ceremony were held, and guests got to talk with the artists in the exhibition about their work. Other exhibitions on view included White Gold: Montana Dreams by Robert Harrison and Russell Ferguson and Shane Lutzk: Clay, Lines, and Fire.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Kansas City. We also want to give a special thanks to the many collaborators and sponsors who made the conference possible: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Visit KC, City of Lawrence, Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, the Kanter Family Foundation, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Zahner, KCAI Crossroads Gallery, Wickerson Studios, Lawrence Arts Center, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, KU Arts, HAW Contemporary, Charlotte Street Foundation, Architectural Building Systems, the Toy and Miniature Museum, The Arabia Steamboat Museum, Monarch Glass Studio, Studios, Inc., Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Discover Jersey Arts and Art Works. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Finally, we would like to give a special thank you to Willie Cole, the workshop leaders, and all of the panel speakers for sharing their knowledge, insight, and time.





Sponsored by:

Belger Arts Center    Visit KC        
Kansas City Art Institute    Studios IncKanter Family
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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