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the ISC President and Director
It is my privilege to
join the International Sculpture Centers leadership after five rewarding
years with the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim is a hard place to leave.
I was endlessly motivated there and had much freedom to think outside
the box with respect to art, business, and legal issues. It is no
I see these same
rare qualities in the ISC. Its past is impressive. Its future limitless.
Its people talented. But what most attracts me to the ISC is its mission.
The ISC promotes both the creation and the appreciation of sculpture.
In doing so, we show that sculpture is vital to the purpose and expression
of our worldnot an endeavor without consequence. John Hanhardt,
the Guggenheims curator of film and media arts, reminded me of this
recently. Where goes sculpture goes art itself, he said. The
art world needs a strong ISC.
The ISC is strong
and getting stronger. Through Sculpture magazine, and the deft editorship
of Glenn Harper, we will continue to lead critical discourse on where
sculpture has been and where it is going; how it has changed and how it
never will; what it means for the rest of the art world and for our communities.
Do not miss a single issue. Join our membership today.
Our members, of course,
are the strength of the ISC. Both the Board of Directors and the staff
are focused on the specific professional needs of our sculptors and collectors
and how we can better serve you. We care deeply about artists and their
concerns, including the importance of copyright, free expression, and
fair contracts. We care also about our collectors, who ensure that sculpture
not only survives, but indeed thrives in difficult political and economic
Conferences and symposia
remain a fundamental priority and will be seamlessly managed by Associate
Director Mary Catherine Johnson. Please meet us at the Fall Sculpture
Symposium in New Orleans (October 2931, 2004), organized by Lin
Emery and Rob Fisher. In June 2005, its on to Cincinnati for a major
conference organized by Pat Renick and Michael Johnson. Do not miss these
Finally, many of
our members think that the time is right to examine the ways in which
the ISC impacts cities and regions, both in the United States and abroad.
Well therefore be looking closely at the issue of local chapters,
collaborative associations, and a worldwide presence. According to Chairman
Emeritus Peter Hobart, Its time to put the I in
ISC. Yes. Lets do it.
In closing, I express
my gratitude to the energetic Board members who have made my transition
both a pleasure and a success: Chairman Robert Duncan, John Henry, Laura
Thorne, Armando Silva, John Young, Robert Mangold, and Russ RuBert. These
individuals, and the others who called and wrote me, greatly impressed
me with their commitment to the ISC and their pride in the work that it
does. Im glad to be here at the ISC. This is no ordinary institution.
ISC President and Director
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