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Lighted Bridge on the Grand River. Photo: Brian Kelly. Courtesy
Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sculpture in Public: Part II,
Public Art

ctober 2 – 4, 2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presented in collaboration with the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Funding in part provided by: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Fred and Lena Meijer, Mary Ann Keeler, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Convention, Visitor’s Bureau, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Enterprise rent-a-car and Grand Valley State University.

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Disk in the Form of a Desert Rose,
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park cast 1999-2000. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. Photo by William J. Hebert

General Questions:

1) What is the target audience for this event?
Content will be geared toward ISC members including sculptors, educators, arts administrators, patrons, and anyone with an interest in public art.

2) Will there be optional activities or tours available?
Optional activities and tours before and after the conference will be available. Please see our Registration Page for more details. Additional fees apply.

3) Will there be workshops?
Optional pre-conference workshops will be offered. Please see registration page for more details are available on the Registration Page.

4) Can I bring a guest to social activities?
Registered conference attendees may purchase up to two tickets for optional tours. Guest tickets for conference activities will not be available.  More details on optional tours available on the Registration Page.

5) What else is there to do in Grand Rapids?
Grand Rapids and neighboring cities have a lot to offer! Please check out the Area Attractions menu bar for more information.


Deborah Butterfield, Cabin Creek, 1999, Bronze,
photo: © Balthazar Korab Ltd.

6) Where are conference events being held?
The Conference headquarters will be the Fredrik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park. All panel events and the vendor square will be held here. Social events are also being planned for venues downtown.

7) Do I need to be a 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 October 31, 2008.  Not a member? Click here to join.

8) 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 red box on the left, as pictured below:


1) What is included in my registration fee?
Your conference registration fee includes admission to the keynote address, panel discussions, networking sessions, vendors square, and evening events (additional fees for food and drinks may apply.)


Number 26
, 1995-1996, Bronze, by Hanneke
Beaumont (Dutch, b. 1947) photo © Balthazar Korab

2) Will there be a student rate for this conference?
Yes, Thanks to funding from Fred & Lena Meijer and Mary Ann Keeler a student rate of $75 is available. A limited number of students spots are available and offered on a first come basis. Students must send a copy of their current student ID to qualify.


7) Are there any travel discounts available?
Yes, the ISC has arranged for discounted rates with Continental and Northwest Airlines. The conference hotels (Amway Grand Plaza; Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown; Days Inn) are offering attendees a discounted rate. See the Travel page for more details.

8) What is the best way to get from the airport to the hotel?
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport, offers several options for travel to and from the airport to downtown Grand Rapids. Airport shuttles are available for $15.00 One Way or $25.00 Roundtrip. The Grand Rapids Rapid bus system, car rentals (see below,) taxis, and Greyhound Bus Lines are other options and this information is accessible on the airport website. One way taxi fares for one person run approximately $30-37.

9) Do I need to rent a car?
The ISC will provide transportation for events at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. You may, however, wish to rent a car for free time to explore some of the great sites nearby which are not included in the program. Details on things to do on your own will be provided. Cars can be rented on a day basis from Enterprise Rent-A-Car who will pick you up at your conference hotel. Enterprise will offer conference attendees a special rate and 5% of all revenue will be donated to the ISC. See the Travel page for more details


Cancellations submitted in writing before September 4, 2008 are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after September 4, 2008. All approved refunds will be paid by check and issued following the conference.



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