Advancing knowledge of contemporary sculpture for ISC members and the general public is a driving factor in the values of the International Sculpture Center. I am very excited to announce our newest educational program, a collaborative lecture series that we are introducing this September. Partially funded by a grant from the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, ISC Connects offers opportunities to explore perspectives on sculpture through a changing series of public programs. Thanks to partnerships with museums and other arts organizations, ISC Connects events will be held around the U.S. and will expand to include international locations next year.
Our first program, held in conjunction with the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, complements the exhibition “Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities,” on view through September 18. Featured artists will be on hand to talk about their work, and there will also be a panel discussion addressing “Constructed Images: The Intersection of Sculpture and Photography.” This program will be followed by “Public Sculpture: Creating Community Cultural Vitality,”
a partnership with Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, exploring the dynamic processes that form when sculpture enters
a community. Attendees will also be able to take advantage of a pre-opening tour of Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall and Winter exhibition featuring the ISC’s 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement Awards show.
Other events in the series will include a November program with Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and a December program with the Princeton University Art Museum. More details on all
of these events can be found on the ISC Web site www.sculpture.org/
Like other ISC education programs, these opportunities contribute to a better understanding of the impact of sculpture on our lives. Everything we do to expand knowledge of sculpture allows us to grow from where we are today to where we want to go in the future. Education is a prerequisite to the success of our organization, raising awareness of sculpture both inside and outside the ISC. I hope you will be able to attend.