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Sculpture in Public: Part I,
Sculpture Parks and Gardens

October 15 – 17, 2007
Seattle, Washington

Funding provided in part by:
Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Johnson Art and Education Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle, Experience Music Project / Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, Museum of Glass, Chateau St. Michelle Winery, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, Chihuly Studio, Cornish College of the Arts, William Traver Gallery, R E Welch Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Western Washington University, West Edge Sculpture Exhibition (WESE), Pike Pub & Brewery, City of Kent, Marenakos Rock Center- Seattle Stonearium, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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          Pre-conference tour options
          (additional fees apply):

October 13


Visit to Chateau St. Michelle Winery

October 14
"Three Day Weekend"
SuttonBeresCuller, trailer, sheetrock,
plexi, 8x12x10', 2007

Sculpture collection at Western Washington University

Pre-Conference Reception: Sculpture Alumni Invitational Cornish College of the Arts

Marenakos Rock Center invites conference attendees for an Extended Sunday Brunch, 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. Open to gallery visitors and friends of the ISC.
Marenakos Rock Center is located at:
3220 1st Ave. S. suite #500
Seattle, WA
October 15

Registration Opens- 8:00AM
Seattle Art Museum, Downtown location

All panels are held at the Seattle Art Museum Downtown unless otherwise noted. SAM DT is located at 1300 First Avenue and is an easy walk from the Grand Hyatt Seattle and most downtown hotels.  Conference attendees must enter the museum at the “Hammering Man” entrance located at 1st and University.

   Photo Credit:
Eduardo Calderon


Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture    Park, Site Design/Architecture:    WEISS/MANFREDI    ARCHITECTURE/LANDSCAPE/URBANISM

  Panel: The Making of Olympic Sculpture Park
Seattle Art Museum, Downtown location

Olympic Sculpture Park was a long time in the making.  Starting with a contaminated plot of land, those involved in the development of the park encountered every imaginable as well as unforeseeable obstacle.  During this discussion the story of the park will be told, from the concept seven years ago to it’s much anticipated opening in January 2007. Jim McDonald, Lisa Corrin, Michael McCafferty, Chris Rogers, Jon Shirley.
  Keynote Address:
“Sculpture (!-?):  During Our Age of (Un)Certainty”
Ned Rifkin,
Under Secretary of Art, Smithsonian
Location: Benaroya Hall, Recital Hall
200 University Street

This event is free and open to the public. Public seats are limited to the first 200 persons to arrive on a first come basis.
This is event is co-sponsored by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle

Roundtable discussion: Conservation and Maintenance
Maintenance and conservation are important issues for museum sculpture parks, since outdoor installations present very different maintenance problems than in-gallery presentations. The discussion will include the conservation and maintenance of the artwork, accessibility of the work and the signage and policies concerning touching the artwork, the safety of visitors, and the conservation of the landscape of the park. Nicholas Dorman, Brooke Barrie, Glen Gentele, David Collens

  Guided tours Olympic Sculpture Park  
  Opening Celebration at Experience Music Project Museum   
   © 2006 Al Abbott
  An Evening of Art at Pike Pub & Brewery
Sponsored by West Edge Sculpture Exhibition (WESE) and Pike Pub Brewery
October 16
  Registration Opens- 8:30AM

Panel: From Conception to Fruition: Part 1, Outdoor Museums and Galleries
Abstract: Every sculpture park is developed with a unique mission in mind and therefore no two are alike.  During this discussion we will highlight several parks, comparing and contrasting their initial concepts and missions, taking into account how funding relates to these issues. Brooke Barrie, David Collens, Glen Gentele, Ed Uhlir, Steve Nash

Panel: From Conception to Fruition: Part 2, New Directions
Abstract: During this second part of the discussion, we will examine some alternative missions adopted by sculpture parks and several unconventional ways parks are being established and maintained. Glenn Harper, Alyson Baker, Mary Beebe, Todd Graham, John Grande, Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Lunch with time to explore SAM on your own or sign up for a museum tour   
   Photo courtesy William Traver Gallery
Optional tour of Seattle Central Library
Afternoon Gallery Walk or optional tours to Microsoft Corporate Collection
West Edge Sculpture Exhibition
Sign up for guided tours at registration desk. Limited space is available.
Reception William Traver Gallery, Tacoma
Reception Museum of Glass
Includes Hot Shop Demonstration
Wine Sponsored by Chateau Michelle Winery
October 17

A Virtual Tour of Northwest Sculpture
See the work of fifty regional sculptors via continuous video projection; meet and talk with a selection of the artists, featuring laptop presentations. 
Presented by Public Art 4Culture and Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Public Art Program, both of Seattle

   Buster Simpson (American, born 1942),    Incidence
, 2002,
Tempered glass, stainless steel    and Trex, Sponsored by Milgard Manufacturing,    Inc. and Trex, Photo by Wyn Bielaska, courtesy    of the Museum of Glass

Panel: What Does a Sculpture Park Mean to the Community?
A discussion about what sculpture parks represent to a community in terms of tourism, urban development, and public relations as well as what these parks mean to the artists themselves. Matthew Kangas, Kevin Jefferies, Dennis Oppenheim, Buster Simpson, Barbara Swift, Tracey Wickersham

  Farewell Luncheon
  Optional University Washington campus tour

Optional Tour Chihuly Boathouse


Optional Tour: Earthworks by Herbert Bayer, Robert Morris and Lorna Jordan

  Optional tour of Seattle Central Library