One of the many exciting things happening at the International Sculpture Center is the growing interest in chapter groups. This is a burgeoning source of strength for the ISC, providing a network through which artists and art enthusiasts can engage and collaborate at a regional level.
Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) and Texas Sculpture Group (TSG) are current ISC chapter groups, and there is interest in new chapters around the world. CSI promotes a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors in the Chicago area through exhibitions and public forums. The Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Exhibition, shown in the cityís lakefront parks, has been a highlight of the groupís achievements.
TSG supports and promotes sculptors working in Texas through networking, discussions, a Web presence, publications, and exhibitions. Among the many exhibitions featuring works by TSG members is Art in the Garden 2013 hosted by the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. This year-long event features sculptures by members of TSG and CSI.
Both ISC chapter groups contribute in numerous ways to the expansion and awareness of contemporary sculpture in their geographic areas.
I encourage you to read more about these groups on page 80 of this issue.
Finally, if you are still planning a summer vacation, I would like to suggest visiting one of the many wonderful sculpture parks or gardens in the U.S. and around the world. Sculpture parks and gardens have become increasingly popular destinations for art and nature lovers alike. Please check out the must-see parks and gardens listed in this issue. These internationally acclaimed venues, where stunning sculptures rise from the ground like the impressive trees that surround them, are some of the best places to experience the art of nature and the art
of culture merging together. In addition, the ISC Sculpture Parks and Gardens Destination Directory on the ISC Web site www.sculpture.org makes it easy to search for parks and gardens all over the world and find all the information you need.
Have a wonderful summer discovering the world of sculpture.