As you read this, the year will be roughly half over, and we will be in the middle of our 2008 ISC public events calendar.
If you were able to join us in San Francisco in April, we thank you and hope you had a wonderful time. It was a great pleasure for us to honor two such wonderful artists as Fletcher Benton and Arnaldo Pomodoro with the ISC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For more about the event, see page 80 of this month’s magazine. We are already planning and looking forward to honoring Richard Hunt in Chicago next spring.
If you weren’t in San Francisco, perhaps you were in Chicago enjoying Art Chicago and all that the city has to offer. We hope that you are enjoying the new “destinations” focus in each issue of Sculpture. In this issue, we focus on Berlin, and later in 2008, we’ll cover Australia, Toronto, New Zealand, and Miami.
In May, we also completed another year of the ISC’s highly regarded student award program, presenting awards for Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. Work by the award winners will be highlighted in the October issue of Sculpture and will be on display at Grounds For Sculpture, October 2008–April 2009. We are proud to be able to continue the ISC’s residency program, providing two students with the chance to work and study in Switzerland, and we are exploring the opportunity to add a second residency, in Mexico, to the 2009 program.
As you may know, one of our goals for 2009 or 2010 is to travel the student award show, giving even greater exposure and prestige to the program and the winners. We took a major step in that direction recently when we received a $50,000 grant from the Johnson Art and Education Foundation to expand this important program.
Of course, as you read this, we will also be around the corner from this year’s ISC conference—Sculpture in Public: Part 2, Public Art, October 2–4, 2008. The conference will be held at, and in conjunction with, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We certainly hope to see you there. Registration is open on-line, and space is limited. This promises to be an outstanding program in a wonderful location. Student rates are available and have been generously underwritten by grants from Fred and Lena Meijer and Mary Ann Keeler.
Also in October, the ISC will host a return trip to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty outside of Salt Lake City. This event will include a panel discussion, a trip to visit the artwork, and other participant-only events. This trip will be open only to ISC members at the “Friend” level ($1,000), so consider upgrading your membership today. Watch for details about this great event or let us know if you would like to be contacted when details are finalized and available.
As we cross the mid-year mark and focus on our planning for 2009 and beyond, let us know how we’re doing. Write to us at <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
We hope you are having a great summer.
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors