In February, International Sculpture Center Executive Director Johannah Hutchison and Conference and Events Manager Erin Gautsche hosted
a special ISC event—the International Sculpture Symposium. We all know our international symposiums are a big deal. Tours, lectures, workshops, and side trips to homes, galleries, and landmarks in exciting new surroundings make each one a great event. Holding the symposium in New Zealand drew sculptors, collectors, patrons, curators, and educators from all over the world. It was truly an international event and a reminder of the value of our fantastic organization.
The many positive comments that we received from attendees remind us of the value of the ISC to its members and everyone interested
in sculpture. Here are a few examples of what participants were most excited about:
“Connections and conversations—inspiration and inclusion.”
“I thought the entire event was fabulous, and Auckland was such
a spectacular venue.”
“The sculpture parks with artists on site.”
“The visits to private homes and the time to talk to collectors.”
Given the diversity of those in attendance, it is interesting to note one other common response from attendees—“the warmth and hospitality of our New Zealand hosts.” From the time that ISC members arrived in New Zealand, they understood that everything possible would be done to make their visit exciting and rewarding. There was an extraordinary personal touch to every experience. As a result, the symposium offered a unique opportunity for ISC members to learn and build relationships with one another. And, after all, isn’t that one of the best things about being a part of the ISC?
In closing, I would like to announce that our next ISC conference has been scheduled for December 1–4, 2013 in Miami. Our bi-annual conference is one of the highlights of the year. Registration will open in June, but for now I would encourage you to save these dates for what promises to be a great opportunity to network with collectors, patrons, and sculptors from throughout the world.